Watch as the state closes down an entrepreneur who tried to comply with their dystopian ‘rules’
Video going viral online shows a California restaurant owner fuming at health department officials for shutting him down and citing him despite following all COVID regulations.
Anton Van Happen, owner of Ventura, California gyro house “Nick The Greek,” is seen confronting the health inspectors, shouting, “I followed the rules! I continued to follow the rules and you guys still, time after time, are giving me citations, telling me I have to close my business.”
“You’re not following the rules,” a female health inspector countered.
“I am following the rules, my tables are inside,” he pleaded. “Are you gonna pay my rent?” he asked her.
Continuing, the owner explained he protested by placing his tables outside of the restaurant, but never served anyone outside and did only takeout or delivery, per state rules.
Disagreeing, the health department official said he is breaking the law by operating without a permit.
However, Van Happen argued the original closure citation was bogus because he never violated any law in the first place.
Proceeding to enforce their citation, the male health inspector told the owner the state has already closed the business and that refusal to close warrants another citation.
“What am I gonna do if I close? Are you gonna pay my rent?” the frustrated entrepreneur shouted. “If you’re not gonna pay my rent, then I’m not closing.”
In the following video, Anton details the encounter and vows to “fight this.”
“I don’t know how to fight this, but I’m going to figure out a way to fight this,” he stated. “I don’t know what to do. We’ll see what happens, but this is the support you get from the Health Department and government these days. We’re already under so much stress and pressure to try and keep ourselves afloat and open, and even though we’re complying now by putting all our chairs and tables inside, they’re still doing this.”