An anti-vaxxer who filmed himself callously abusing a café barista over the store’s vaccine policy is a Christian podcaster who previously berated another waitress as he compared mask mandates to ‘rape’.
Dominic Karnaby, who runs the Drayk Podcast Show, shared footage of himself hectoring staff at Bespoke and Grind, in Sydney’s inner-west, during the city’s Covid lockdown in July after he was politely asked why he was not wearing a mask.
After his bizarre outburst made headlines, the religious blogger promptly shut down his social media accounts and went to ground.
But just months later, he is back online again – and at the centre of another verbal tirade on hospitality workers at Tempe’s Cafe Dzajko.
Viral footage shows him storming into the store on Monday and scolding barista Andrassa Kest after he spotted a sign outside noting the business would be following the law by requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination before service.
An anti-masker and serial café worker haranguer has been unmasked as Christian podcaster Dominic Karnaby (pictured)
He claims the new jab regulation – which is a part of NSW’s reopening rules for businesses after exiting lockdown on October 11 – is ‘segregation’ as he hurls abuse over the expresso machine.
‘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?’ Karnaby shouts at Ms Kest.
‘Do you see how insanely hypocritical that sounds? That you are actually going to be walking implicitly into segregation… I’m very powerful and I will come back!’
‘Do you have anything to say to that? ‘Cos I know I’m protected, under this discrimination and this putrid attempt to segregate, OK.’
The video, which went viral after being posted by an anonymous Instagram account, sparked widespread outrage as the community rallied to show their support for the business, with locals flocking to the café to leave tips between $10 and $50.
Speaking to Cafe Dzajko owner Sally Dzajko, Today reporter Gabrielle Boyle slammed Karnaby’s actions as ‘gutless’.
‘This was a pretty gutless act,’ she said on Wednesday.
Cafe Dzajko in the Sydney suburb of Tempe was subjected to a tirade of abuse from Karnaby on Monday
Andrassa Kest (pictured) said she was frightened by the irate man but appreciated the outpouring of support from the local community
‘This man was happy to video the staff and post this video online, but he wasn’t happy to show his own face or name himself. The staff say they felt pretty intimidated by what took place but they are doing okay today.’
Supporters have since fired up their social media accounts urging Sydneysiders to head over to the café and buy a treat as a show of solidarity.
‘That sort of disrespect is just plain wrong! I headed down there today to buy my lunch & leave a tip,’ one man wrote on Facebook.
‘They are great people who deserve our respect and support. They actually started the business during the pandemic. What could be more enterprising than that.
‘Get down there as soon as you can for a coffee and a sandwich.’
Another man said he walked four kilometres to visit the eatery and offer his support.
‘When I got there, the owner said my coffee was free because someone else had seen this idiot’s video and decided to shout the next ten customers,’ his Tweet read.
Ms Kest said she was frightened by Karnaby but appreciated the outpouring of support from the community.
Karnaby filmed himself berating staff at Marrickville’s Bespoke and Grind café in July (pictured)
‘I am a little bit scared and frustrated because I was just following the rules,’ told 9News.
‘One bad thing brings a lot of nice and good things.’
Ms 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.’
Despite the public outcry, Karnaby seemed chuffed by his efforts – posting media articles about the incident on his Instagram.
‘Nice story you ran with ABC News! One thing you got right was that I Am Powerful! [sic]’, he wrote.
‘Yes I roar I’m a lion duuuur!!’ another post read, ‘You wanna play God with these passports and tell me what I can and can’t do in society because I’m not jabbed with your devil juice.’
Karnaby declined to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia, saying he did not think he needed to comment on ‘vaccine apartheid’.
Members of the community flocked online to urge Sydneysiders to show their support for Cafe Dzajko after the video of Karnaby’s anti-vax tirade began circulating online
One man said he walked four kilometres to buy a coffee from the café in the wake of Monday’s incident
In July, Karnaby marched into the Marrickville café and launched a blistering attack accusing a waitress of ‘intimidation’ after he was asked why he was not masked before posting footage of the confrontation on Instagram.
Before flying into an irrational rage and claimed he had a ‘medical exemption’, the clip begins standing inside the store filming a sign at the till specifically requesting customers do not enter without a mask.
‘Who are you, sorry?’ Are you the government? No. Are you the police? No,’ he hounds.
‘I have an exemption! So just know your rights, but also know that I have rights as well. I have asthma, I have a breathing complication so I can’t wear a mask.’
‘If someone is being raped do you go and tell them that they are not allowed to feel those feelings that they are being raped and abused by somebody?’
Karnaby proudly shared articles about his antics on Monday on his social media page
‘This should be a safe space for everybody and I am not going to stand for it.
‘Some of these muppets over here might tolerate it, but not me, my friend.’
A second video showed Karnaby continuing to berate the staff, accusing them of ‘intimidation’ and threatening to make them ‘go viral’ after the owner calmly explained his reaction was not warranted.
‘Excuse me, all you needed to say was ”I have an exemption”. That’s all,’ she explains.
Karnaby said: ‘You need to get that guy into line, it is disgusting how he just treated me.
‘The intimidation needs to stop. Do you want to go viral? You are already going to.’
The serial haranguer’s social media accounts are filled with biblical commentary, anti-abortion sentiments, and views opposing Covid vaccines.
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)
One meme features a woman holding up a sign reading: ‘The blood of Christ is my vaccine’, while another shows a cross-shaped vaccine syringe.
Covid vaccines are very effective at stopping deaths and hospitalisations, with a study of 3.4million Americans finding Pfizer is 95 per cent effective at preventing serious illness.
A similar study of AstraZeneca in the UK found the Oxford vaccine is 80 per cent effective at preventing severe sickness in Covid-19 patients.
While some Australians remain hesitant to get the jab, the majority of NSW residents are fully vaccinated.
As of Wednesday, 75.2 per cent of over 16s across the state had received both doses, while 90.8 per cent have had one shot of a vaccine.