Vaccination requirement controversy at Carmine’s takes another turn
Late last week, various media outlets reported that a trio of customers allegedly assaulted a hostess at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side after she requested to verify their vaccination status. The incident sparked a flurry of news coverage and outrage over social media over the weekend; however, the conflict took another turn on Saturday: The New York Times reports that the customers, three Black women visiting from Texas, did in fact show documentation of their vaccination status, according to their lawyers as well as Carmine’s.
Video footage from a security camera appears to show that three men tried to join the women in the restaurant but two weren’t able to prove their vaccination status, according to reports. At that point, the women exited the restaurant and the Carmine’s hostess allegedly used a racial slur and assaulted the customers first, one of the lawyers representing the women told the Times. The restaurant has denied the women’s account of the altercation through its legal team. The women now have a court date for October 5.
The Carmine’s incident capped the first week since New York City instituted its vaccine mandate for indoor dining, a move that’s already proving to be a delicate balancing act for restaurants, especially for those in areas with lower vaccination rates. Restaurant employees have voiced concerns over how they are now put into a position to enforce the vaccine requirement.
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