Felicite Ogilvy: Bartender's face BRUTALLY slashed after she asks for vaccination card

Felicite Ogilvy, the bartender from Joe's Bar and Grilll, required 31 stitches after the violent attack by a customer on December 27 at a Seattle bar


                            Felicite Ogilvy: Bartender's face BRUTALLY slashed after she asks for vaccination card
Exterior of Joe’s Bar and Grill (Tripadvisor.com)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Felicite Ogilvy, a bartender from Joe's Bar and Grill, was slashed on her face for asking proof of vaccination from a customer on Monday, December 27. The incident occurred at around 5.15 pm in the evening. According to a Fox13 report, the guy fought with workers when they told him to leave, then hit the bartender with a large stick he was holding. Employees claimed they always make sure to obey King County's health mandate and verify each client for evidence of immunisation, no matter how busy it gets. For bartender Ogilvy, that rule turned into a violent clash. 

Ogilvy said, “I asked him, 'do you have your vaccination card?' and he said ‘I've had the vaccine but I don't have the card’ and I was like OK but you need to have proof of it”. The guy was then told he had to leave the bar but CCTV footage showed him loitering at the door and fighting with employees. “He ended up basically saying ‘You're picking on me, I'm not going to deal with it,’ that's when he became threatening," Ogilvy added. A coworker and even a few customers came over to try to diffuse the situation, but the man refused to leave and fought back with a long stick. 

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“He swung the stick as hard as he could at my face, so not only did it puncture me, he also slit me," Ogilvy told Fox13. She required 31 stitches after the attack because the wound was so deep. She managed to flee the scene in shock while the man dashed to a light rail station and boarded a train. Police boarded the train a few stops later but were unable to locate him. Seattle police are currently following up on leads and have been requested to assist with additional incidents involving public health regulations. “There have been a few cases here and there of restaurants and stores having issues enforcing the mandate," Det. Patrick Michaud of the Seattle Police Department explained, adding, “thankfully these incidents are still fairly rare."

Ogilvy wants consumers to be protected, but believes that asking businesses to strictly follow the vaccination policy has always been a nuisance. “I don't agree with the mandate because it's like why am I getting hurt?" she stated, "why am I the one who has to control this?” Ogilvy intends to return to work as soon as possible. Meanwhile, cops are attempting to identify the individual from the CCTV footage and make an arrest. The need for evidence of immunisation in King County went into force on October 25. It applies to pubs, restaurants, gyms, and activities with 500 or more people, such as live music or outdoor events. Businesses are required to verify everyone above the age of 12 and might face fines if they fail to do so.