The barista who was the target of a verbal attack by an anti-vaxxer admitted she was ‘scared’ by the man’s abuse, but has since been inundated with customers leaving hefty tips to support her.
The unknown man posted the video showing him proudly launching into a furious spray at a bewildered Andrassa Kest after being infuriated at the new health regulations that are part of NSW reopening rules after lockdown.
The employee at Tempe’s Cafe Dzajko said she was frightened by the irate man but appreciated the outpouring of support from the local community.
‘I am a little bit scared and frustrated because I was just following the rules,’ told 9News.
The man posted the video of him launching into a furious spray at a bewildered Andrassa Kest at Cafe Dzajko in Tempe on Monday
Andrassa Kest (pictured) said she was frightened by the irate man but appreciated the outpouring of support from the local community
The anti-vaxxer filmed himself roaring abuse at the cafe worker, who was simply following the law in requiring proof of vaccination before service.
As his video starts, the man addresses viewers, saying ‘Guys, if you think this is a joke, I’m here in Tempe, NSW and they’re saying you need to show your proof of vaccination to enter. Just to buy a cup of coffee. You’ve gotta be kidding me.’
He then walks into Cafe Dzajko and interrupts the barista serving a customer – both of whom are properly masked – asking why he needs to share private medical information just to get a coffee.
The barista attempts to calm the man down, before they eventually close the doors on the hysterical anti-vaxxer.
Ms Kest thanked locals who turned up in droves to support the cafe on Tuesday, with many leaving tips between $10 and $50.
‘One bad thing brings a lot of nice and good things,’ she said.
The cafe’s owner described him as a ‘faceless man’ who was ‘attacking people for no reason’.
He said people were coming in and buying 10 coffees at a time just to support the establishment.
Cafe Dzajko in the Sydney suburb of Tempe was subjected to a tirade of abuse from an anti-vaxxer
The video, recorded on Monday, shows the man shouting: ‘Excuse me, what makes you think that I’m going to hand over my medical, private information of whether I’m vaccinated or not vaccinated to buy a cup of coffee?’
The angry anti-vaxxer, who uses a made up name on his Instagram page, then shouts in the video: ‘Do you see how insanely hypocritical that sounds? That you are actually going to be walking implicitly into segregation.’
The man suggests the business owner will suffer consequences for daring to obey the laws of NSW.
‘Do you realise how dangerous that territory is as a business owner, madam? ‘Cos I do. I’m a business owner and I’m opening up for all!’
The man’s rant ends with him bizarrely screaming, ‘I’m very powerful and I will come back’.
With Ms Kest trying to ignore him and the customer looking at the anti-vaxxer in seeming disbelief, the man gets further frustrated and shouts out :’Do you have anything to say to that? ‘Cos I know I’m protected, under this discrimination and this putrid attempt to segregate, OK.’
Around 75 per cent of people in NSW are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 – but that has not stopped a small but vocal minority from lashing out against vaccine rules (pictured, a woman is vaccinated in Sydney)
Buying a coffee while wearing a mask and obeying health regulations is seemingly not that hard (pictured, a woman following the rules in Bondi)
The barista is finally pushed to respond, and while what she says is unclear, it was most likely a suggestion that he try somewhere else for his coffee.
‘Oh, no, no. They’re asking for vaccination passports as well,’ the man replies.
Things then get even weirder, as the man adds a wild and false conspiracy to his anti-vaxx rantings.
‘I’m just wondering if you work for the government, because the government would imply this… it’s not actually your privilege or power to ask for my private information,’ he says.
As a parting shot, he threatens Ms Kest by saying ‘you can dismiss it all you like, but I’m very powerful and I will come back.’
He then starts to mutter that his treatment amounted to ‘absolutely shameful discrimination against an unvaccinated healthy person. Unbelievable.’
Cafe Dzajko was just following the law, as the signs on its door make plain (pictured)
The man then continues with his persecution complex in a rant to go with his video, saying it was about ‘the principle of me not being welcome for what I choose or not choose to inject into my body that got me infuriated today!’
He then seems to be referring to the United Nations, seemingly a favourite target for conspiracy theorists, when he repeatedly writes the word ‘UNvaccinated’.
The man claimed people are ‘being guilt tripped and segregated … hunted by ambulance services, fellow workers and police men’.
He ends with a misspelt swipe at the new NSW premier. ‘Dominic Perrotet (sic) you are not my premier & your actions prove that you are not a Christian! Hope your (sic) happy!’
There are a handful of supporting comments beside his video, with one using the name elifasan saying ‘Disgraceful in 2021 who thought this is where we would be.’
Cafe Dzajko owner Sally Dzajko did not witness the encounter with the anti-vaxxer, but told Daily Mail Australia she was appalled at what happened.
‘It is dreadful. I don’t know why people have to be so mean. It’s a shame, it’s just heartbreaking.’
She and her husband Dimce just opened the business six months ago after their travel firm became a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘That was going nowhere, so we opened up the cafe,’ she said.
‘Why are we being abused when we’re just trying to make a living?’
Cafe Dzajko owner Sally Dzajko (pictured) was appalled at the behaviour of the anti-vaxxer
The cafe’s Facebook page was full of supportive messages. Anita Taylor posted that it was ‘Great to see you stand up for OHS for staff and customers. Keep up the great service.’
Divna Damceska posted ‘don’t let anyone else bad mouth you’ and many others said they will go to Cafe Dzajko the next time they are in Sydney.
One man tweeted that he had walked 4km to support the cafe.
When he got there his coffee was free because someone else had just shouted the next ten customers.
Inner West Councillor Darcy Byrne said on Twitter that he had visited for lunch and urged others to do the same.