Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

A restaurant in Kelowna was marked with graffiti after four young men were denied entry Thursday night.

Before the vandalism, however, the group tried to enter the restaurant using vaccine cards, all of which had the same QR code.

Wings Tap and Grill owner Brent Stewart said the group admitted to being set up and that they claimed they did not have to show ID because they were under 19 years old.

After being denied access, things escalated.

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“You’ve said you’re drunk and you’m not old enough to show ID, so there’s a problem,” Stewart told Global News.

“That was why we asked them to go.”

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Stewart said “then it became a big stage where people shouted and screamed and swore and threatened. It turned out to be a pretty bad scene. ”

In an earlier email to Global News, Stewart said, “vaccine card or not, (my restaurant manager) would not let drunk minors in.”

“So they shouted and threatened to pour her and a few employees and customers chasing them.”

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Although he was not present at the time, Stewart was at the scene later that night after the restaurant’s windows were spray-painted.

He cleaned the graffiti and also contacted the police.

The Kelowna RCMP says they were alerted to the first incident – “a group of four people causing a disturbance and refusing service” – which happened around 6 p.m.

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“About 1.5 hours later, the group returned and allegedly spray-painted the restaurant’s windows and fled on foot, after which police were called,” the Kelowna RCMP said in an email to Global News.

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The RCMP says officers conducted patrols for the suspects but were not found.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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Asked what the restaurant experience has been like under COVID-19 protocols, Stewart said it has been an interesting time.

“We’ve had all kinds of restrictions and problems and different rules we have to enforce,” he said. “And then people do not understand the rules, and they blame us. But this vaccine pass event, and since that regulation has stepped in, we have found people (are) much more aggressive and harder to deal with.

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“If they are against it, they are definitely against it. So even after all that we’ve been through and we thought we had the worst, people are just tired of it. ”

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Steward said that with restaurants that primarily employ young people, having aggressive male customers is not a good mix for anyone.

“We have been through enough. We need a little compassion. People need to be respectful, ”he said.

“Now our mandate is that we have someone who is aggressive or challenging, so we have to call the police. I’m not going to endanger any of my employees. ”

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