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."
My friends own @thai_palace restaurant on Lauzon Rd in @CityWindsorON - With all they’ve had to endure trying to stay open, they are now being threatened with litigation from lawyer who refused to wear mask while paying for takeout. Even when offered free mask. He wants $20,000 pic.twitter.com/ytJDpkDw7P— Tony Smyth (@LateNightCam) October 9, 2020
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.
Guess I’ll be ordering from Thai Palace soon! Let’s make sure to support places who are doing their best to ensure their workers stay healthy.— Nic Bee (@nicjay_yqg) October 14, 2020
"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.
Wearing a mask for a few moments harms literally no one.— Clinton Anderson (@Clint0nAnders0n) October 14, 2020
Go try to sell your crazy somewhere else. Nobody here in reality is interested
Others criticized the man for trying to get the restaurant to pay $20,000 to settle the issue.
To the little man looking to extort Thai Palace for $20,000 do u feel big yet?— ashton (@Stanny_Devito) October 15, 2020
"No reputable, busy lawyer would take on such a ridiculous matter," another person added.
Thai palace followed rules and guidelines .. this is a stupid irrresponsible lawyer move— Claudette (@Claudet27766331) October 15, 2020
Many also applauded the restaurant for sticking to the rules and keeping their workers safe during the pandemic.
Wow what a moron, that’s extortion. Also any business has the right to refuse service, even restaurants! If you don’t like it go to a different restaurant that doesn’t have a mask rule— Amy Lynn (metalmatron) (@amlynnxx) October 14, 2020
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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