The pastor of a church in Nantou County lost his temper and physically attacked a waiter at a restaurant who insisted his party separate into two socially-distanced groups to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID doomsday virus.
Pastor Lu, the minister of a church in Puli Township went to a local steak restaurant with four friends for lunch on October 12. The 18-year-old waiter, named Ho, insisted Lu’s party of five comply with the restaurant’s COVID-19 prevention regulations, and split into two groups separated by one empty table.
Recently, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center has relaxed some of the strict rules on epidemic prevention, and most restaurants have removed partitions and rules that insisted even small family groups maintain social distancing when dining in.
Pastor Lu pointed out to the waiter that McDonald’s and other restaurants in the town had removed partitions and social distancing measures. However, Ho insisted that it was store policy to maintain social distancing, and avoid group gathering.
Pastor Lu eventually lost his temper, banged the table with both fists, stood up, and grabbed Ho by the lapels. As Lu and Ho began to wrestle, the store manager and a friend of Lu’s rushed forward to separate the two.
Following the fight, Ho, accompanied by his parents went to a clinic for a medical examination and report, and filed a complaint with police. Lu also filed a complaint against Ho, claiming that Ho had punched him.
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