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Ontario restaurant threatened by lawsuit by man not wearing mask

Residents of Windsor, Ontario are showing their support for the beloved Thai Palace after an anti-masker threatened to sue. 

According to the owner of the restaurant, Renu Anderson, the incident occurred last week after a man appeared at the restaurant's take-out menu without a mask. Although an employee told the man he needed to wear one - and even offered him a free mask - he allegedly refused. 

"I explained to him, even an outside takeout window, you still have to walk to the window. Your mask has to be on because we can't keep six feet between us," Anderson told the Windsor Star, adding that the man said he was a lawyer and she could not ask him for medical papers.

"He didn't say he had any issue with his medical stuff, health issues. He should express himself — 'OK, sorry, I can't wear the mask and can you help me with different ways? Alternative ways?’ He should just say that."

While the man left shortly after the confrontation, Anderson received a notice of impending litigation letter on Friday which stated that a claim of discrimination would be filed for violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The letter also says that if Anderson wishes to settle the matter, "compensation in the amount of $20,000 will resolve this claim." If this is not done before 5 p.m. on Oct. 16, the offer to settle will be revoked. 

In light of all of this, Windsor community members have taken to social media to express their love for Thai Palace and encourage each other to support the business by ordering lots of takeout. 

"Support #ThaiPalace - order take out from them! Sick of bullies and idiots ruining it for others - especially when it's an attack on a small biz trying to follow the rules. Give Thai Palace some love this week if you can. #SupportThaiPalace #YQG" someone else tweeted.

Others criticized the man for trying to get the restaurant to pay $20,000 to settle the issue. 

"No reputable, busy lawyer would take on such a ridiculous matter," another person added.

Many also applauded the restaurant for sticking to the rules and keeping their workers safe during the pandemic. 

Anderson said that she will not pay after consulting with a lawyer who told her that she has the right to deny service. 

"We respect one's opinions and beliefs but we firmly believe in preserving the safety of our staff, family as well as other customers, especially during this pandemic," the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post.

"We are not just abiding with the measures placed by our government but this is also our own way to help our community combat COVID-19. Again, we are very thankful and happy to see that most of you, our lovely customers stand with us!"

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