Black Lives Matter activists protested at New York City's Upper West Side eatery Carmine's on Monday in protest of the restaurant denying service to three black women after they failed to provide vaccine verification.
The women were allegedly asked to show the hostess at the restaurant their proof of vaccination, but when they were denied entry for not doing so, they reportedly attacked the Asian hostess. The women, visiting from Texas, later claimed they were racially profiled.
Vaccine verification to enter many establishments in New York City is a requirement of Mayor Bill de Blasio's executive order 225.
Jess Banks, the owner of the famed Italian restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side, made it clear that the women were denied service due to the de Blasio's vaccination requirement and shot down claims that the hostess racially profiled them.
"This turned into a mess. And from there, it's inexcusable, ridiculous," Banks said, adding that Carmines will now have to hire a security person to avoid similar problems in the future. De Blasio's order came with fines for businesses that do not enforce the order, but demands that businesses employ their own means of enforcing it on patrons.
"Our employee, thankfully, is safe right now. She's extremely shook up," Banks added. "Two other people had minor issues."
The three women were arrested after allegedly assaulting an Asian hostess last Thursday in response to getting denied service. The women claim that they were racially profiled.
"Carmines are racist! Carmines are fascist," the crowd of demonstrators chanted in a chaotic scene at the restaurant.
Protestors confronted a woman outside the restaurant, calling her a "Karen."
The hostess, who had just started working at Carmine's several weeks ago, was up being punched, slapped and had her jewelry ripped off during the encounter, according to the New York Police Department.
The worker was left with bruises and scratches to her face and arms, authorities said. Two waiters were also reportedly hurt in the scuffle before being able to oust the unruly Texas trio.
The attack happened just days after the executive order went into full enforcement effect on September 13, requiring places of business like restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and most other non-retail settings to check for proof of vaccination before allowing potential customers indoors, or else risk a $1,000 fine. The city has provided no enforcement and instead relies on businesses to enforce the order for them.
Similar "vaccine passports" are currently in effect in the cities of San Francisco, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and other local jurisdictions such as Seattle are considering implementing similar measures in the near future.