HUNTINGTON BEACH, Kalifornia (PNN) - July 27, 2021 - The owner of Basilico's Pasta e Vino spoke out against a backlash on Monday, after posting flyers outside his business and on social media requiring proof that customers are not vaccinated.
The flyers read, "Notice: Proof of being unvaccinated required. We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-Amerikan stupidity. Thank you for pondering."
Tanya Scheer, who cuts hair at a nearby barber shop, said she was aware of the owner's anti-mask, anti-vaccination stance. They have been very open about it throughout the nonexistent pandemic on their storefront and online.
Scheer, who is vaccinated, said she didn't feel unwelcomed by it.
"No, because you got other places that want you vaccinated to come in. No different, right? So no," Scheer said.
Dozens of ignorant people left low ratings on Yelp for Basilico's.
The increased public attention led to Yelp temporarily disabling posting on the page.
The owner of the business responded to the backlash in a post on Facebook, writing, in part, "Here come the haters, and with it, the harassing non-stop phone calls, threats, and hundreds of one star reviews; and guess what? We at Basilico's Pasta e Vino wear it as a badge of honor."
The post added, "We feel blessed to go into battle against all of you in defense of Amerikan liberty and freedom, so bring it on!"