Skip to content

Bad Tattoo co-owner steps down after backpedal on vax passport

Bad Tattoo will be requiring passports in Penticton from now on
Image from Google Maps Street View.

A day after Bad Tattoo Brewing announced that its Penticton location would be moving to a cafeteria-style service it made a second announcement regarding an abrupt shift over its previous vaccine passport stance.

Co-owner Lee Agur signed the post on Sept. 24, which stated that the restaurant would be returning to normal service and checking customers’ vaccine passports as of Sept. 25, as well as announcing that he would be stepping back from managing the business.

READ MORE: Bad Tattoo Brewing Penticton moves to cafe model to avoid vax passport

In the Sept. 24 post, Agur made an apology to the public, stating that the intent had been to “be inclusive and make a safe space” at Bad Tattoo.

“We are all concerned vaccinated or not. Many are losing compassion, empathy, understanding and patience, our country is very divided, and these are other tragedies that are trending the wrong way. “

On Sept. 23 the business announced the shift to a cafeteria-style of service for the restaurant, which per the Provincial Health Order, would not have required employees to check customers’ vaccine passports.

In August, Agur had emailed a statement announcing the business would not be requiring vaccinations for customers or checking passports, a decision that at the time was described as being made out of concern for the safety of Bad Tattoo’s employees.

READ MORE: Penticton’s Bad Tattoo won’t be asking for vaccine proof

To report a typo, email:



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.

Don't have an account? Click here to sign up

Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
Read more

Pop-up banner image