New Yorkers fight back after NYPD arrests Cheesecake Factory patrons in Queens for refusing to show valid proof of vaxx

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A group of over 30 incensed anti-vaxxers staged a protest at the Cheesecake Factory in Queens Tuesday evening, refusing to show proof of vaccination or leave the premises which resulted in the New York Police Department arresting six of them while the business called it “unfortunate.”

“You’re going to discriminate against me because I refuse to show you my vaccination card?” one protester asked, according to the Queens Daily Eagle. “I refuse to give you my medical history even though you know it’s illegal, and he kept saying he knew it was illegal but there was nothing that he could do.”

“This is a defining moment for everybody over here who has been coming to these rallies,” one of the protesters proclaimed. “Your kids are going to remember this.”

“We are rebels,” he added. “We must remember the fact that we are rebels.”

“I decided to stay, have some cheesecake and now I’m being arrested by the NYPD,” one of the protesters said as he was being led out of the restaurant in handcuffs.

“This was an unfortunate incident,” Alethea Rowe, who is the Cheesecake Factory senior director of public relations, declared in a statement. “The company is simply complying with the local ordinance concerning COVID-19 vaccine requirements.”

“We would like to thank our restaurant managers and staff for remaining focused on providing our guests with delicious, memorable food, and would like to thank local law enforcement for their support during this time,” Rowe added.

The protesters were there to take a stand against forced vaccinations and mask mandates by local and federal government bureaucrats. New York City has mandated that individuals must show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, and other indoor businesses. Enforcement is typically left up to the business. The Cheesecake Factory chose to call the police and have the protesters arrested. It appeared most of them simply sat at booths quietly or protested outside.

Video footage shows the protesters walking past the host entry point and seating themselves at a number of tables. As they were confronted by employees, arguments broke out over whether the protesters had a right to be there. Police officers showed up and also started arguing with the group. It’s being claimed that the protesters “skipped the line” of policy-abiding patrons.

A restaurant employee, who asked the protesters to leave after they violated the restaurant’s COVID-19 policy, called the police around 7 p.m., according to authorities.

“The manager is asking you to leave, that’s their decision. If you guys refuse to leave we’re going to give you every opportunity to leave but if you eventually refuse to leave when we tell you to leave we will be arresting you,” an NYPD officer told the group.

Police told the Queens Daily Eagle that they arrested six men who were charged with criminal trespassing.

Those busted during the protest include Eric Bascon, a 38-year-old from Yonkers, Mitchell Bosch, a 42-year-old from Brooklyn, Graig Young, a 37-year-old from Queens, Raymond Velez, a 36-year-old from Queens, Augusto Alarcon, a 39-year-old from the Bronx, and Steven Wavra, a 67-year-old from the Bronx.

One protester compared the police to Nazis. Another threatened “we’re going to sue every last one of these MFers.”

“The Nazis were just following orders,” a protester commented before being admonished by the person filming who asserted that they “don’t want to cause a disturbance.”

John Tobacco, a former candidate for state comptroller and a Staten Island resident who has been arrested for staging anti-mask-wearing protests in the past, appeared to be part of the group, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.

Protestors of all ages took part in the protest, including children younger than 10. The person videoing the incident repeatedly asked NYPD officers what laws the group was breaking.

After the arrests were made by the NYPD, protesters chanted for their release. A number of them went to the precinct to continue protesting. A flyer being circulated claimed that another protest at the Cheesecake Factory and the police precinct were planned for Wednesday.

The protest occurred one day after a new policy from Governor Kathy Hochul and the state’s Department of Health went into effect. The new policy requires masks to be worn inside unless a business mandates customers show proof of vaccination.

The protesters were widely supported on social media:


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