‘No intent to offend’: Greek Australian business owner explains anti-mask stance

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Nick Kondilis, the operator of popular Sydney crepe shop ‘Love Crepe,’ has apologised for a since-deleted Instagram story which said “being forced to wear a mask is a crime against humanity.”

In a video posted on the cafe’s Facebook page, Mr Kondilis first apologised to his staff who were shown in the controversial Instagram story not wearing a mask.

“The photo went out with all my staff on there. I shouldn’t have used that photo, I take responsibility for that…” he said.

The Greek Australian goes on to explain why he posted the story in the first place, saying he ‘never had any intent to offend.’

“If you do wear a mask it’s fine but if you do and you touch your mask please sanitise, because I think it’s disgusting,” he said.

“People who are wearing masks they are not washing them, touching them with their hands and putting them all over our counter. That’s how diseases spread.”

The comments underneath Mr Kondilis’ video apology were mostly positive, with many praising him for taking responsibility for the post.

“We are with you all the way brother. You are not alone in this you have a massive movement behind you,” wrote one Facebook user.

Mr Kondilis established Love Crepe in 2016 in Pyrmont making crepes with traditional Greek family recipes, before moving to the flagship store at Drummoyne.

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