Rutland restaurant spray painted after 3 customers refused entry – Kelowna News – .

Rutland restaurant spray painted after 3 customers refused entry – Kelowna News – .

The Wings restaurant in Rutland was vandalized Thursday evening.

The restaurant was spray painted with upside down swastikas and obscene designs after three young men were refused entry just after 8 p.m.

Owner Brent Stewart told Castanet that prior to the vandalism, which occurred while the restaurant was still open, a small group of young minors attempted to enter using fraudulent vaccination cards.

Stewart says the three young men all tried to use the same photo of a QR code to enter the restaurant and claimed that because they were under 19, they did not need to present a coin identity.

“They obviously took a screenshot because they all looked the same. They totally admitted that they were drunk. “

Stewart says the manager had no intention of letting them in not only because of the fake vaccine ID, but even more because they were drunk. It was then that things changed.

“They threatened to whip her. They were really belligerent. “

Shortly after, staff noticed a commotion outside and that’s when they saw the graffiti on the windows.

“It was swastikas and you know… you can see it in the photos. “

Stewart says the incident was reported to the RCMP and that he advised his staff to adopt a zero tolerance policy and not engage with disgruntled individuals, “before we were trying to defuse, we let’s just call the cops now ”.

Stewart says the latest set of restrictions is the most difficult for him and his staff, “this set of restrictions has created more violence and abuse for staff than any other restriction.

“It’s been two years. We thought we had been through this before and every time a new restriction occurs people’s attitudes only get worse. “

Stewart says the restaurant’s employees and management need compassion and support more than ever.

“If my mother wasn’t vaccinated, she wouldn’t be able to come in. I have a sign on my window that says, ‘We make great chicken wings, not regulations.’ “


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