A Texas restaurant owner threw out a family wearing masks who were trying to protect their immunocompromised son

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  • A Texas restaurant owner kicked a family out of his shop for wearing face masks.

  • The family said they were wearing masks because their son is immunocompromised.

  • The owner said he didn't know about the child's status, but he'd continue to enforce the mask ban.

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A Texas restaurant owner booted a family wearing masks to protect their immunocompromised son, saying it was "political," CBS DFW reported.

Natalie Wester and her husband brought their 4-month-old son to Hang Time, a restaurant and bar in Rowlett, Texas, just northeast of Dallas. Wester told CBS DFW that her son is immunocompromised, leading the couple to don masks inside the venue out of precaution.

Hang Time's owner didn't approve.

Wester said their waitress approached the family at the behest of the restaurant owner and said, "This is political, and I need you to take your mask off."

"I feel the overall reaction with masks is ridiculous in the United States right now," Hang Time's owner said.

The owner told CBS DFW that going maskless was part of the restaurant's dress code, and that he had the right to refuse to serve customers breaking his rules.

But Hang Times' anti-masking dress code wasn't posted outside of the restaurant, CBS DFW reported.

The restaurant owner told CBS DFW that he didn't know the Westers' son was immunocompromised but said he'd continue to enforce Hang Time's no-masking policy.

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