Texas restaurant throws couple out for wearing masks to protect immunocompromised baby
I'm 'scared to think how much worse the pandemic will get knowing so many folks think this way,' the woman said
ROWLETT, TEXAS: A couple has alleged that they were kicked out of a restaurant in Texas after they declined to comply with the “no mask” rule. Natalie Wester Guerrero went to Hang Time, a restaurant and bar in the northern Dallas suburb of Rowlett, along with her husband, Jose, on September 11 when they were forced to remove their face masks by the restaurant staff.
The new mother said that they were covering their faces to protect their newborn baby, who is immunocompromised. But still, they had to leave the place. Guerrero then took to Facebook to share her experience. She wrote angrily, “Tonight my husband and I had a very unpleasant experience at Hang Time in Rowlett. We entered the bar wearing our mask, and at the front a girl informed us to take it off as she checked our IDs. The music was loud, so I assume she just wanted to see our faces for our IDs. She again said something about taking the mask off, because I couldn’t hear her very well, I brushed it off. My husband and I met some friends, order our drinks and an appetizer.”
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She continued: “About half an hour passes and our waitress comes, sits down next to me, and says ‘Our manager sent me over because I’m nicer than he is. And yes, this is political.’ She then told me that masks are not allowed in their building, and they can make the rules because they are private business. She said that the mask ‘doesn’t work, is like using a chain-link fence to keep out mosquitoes, and doesn’t give people enough oxygen.’”
Guerrero then added that her son, “Austin, is four months old. When he was born, we found out that he had cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a very life-threatening genetic disorder, and if my son were to contract Covid he would need to be hospitalized. When my husband and I are out, which is not often, we choose to wear a mask. I informed my waitress of this information, and she told me that she could close my check for me if it was an issue. Fine. My husband and I paid and left without a scene. I wanted to share this information in case anybody who was actually wise enough to be afraid of Covid could avoid this place. Feel free to share. I am so shocked at the level of ignorance in our country, and scared to think how much worse the pandemic will get knowing so many folks think this way.”
A lot of people commented on her post sharing their experiences and also supporting her. A person wrote, “Yeah when I say ‘well I have a baby at home’ I usually get oh ok or well we are all going to get it eventually. people are soo ignorant!!! I am happy yall left!! High 5!!!” The second one shared, “There’s a place like that in Denison they have trump decor all over the restaurant and they don’t allow anybody to wear masks. I think they even had employees working when they had Covid. It’s ridiculous.” “That is so gross of a business. I'm sorry Natalie. I have a weak immune system due to Lupus guess sick people like me would not be welcome there cause I have to wear a mask when out in public. Just gross,” the third one added.
Meanwhile, the restaurant’s owner has defended his policy. Tom said: “I have spent my money on the business, my blood sweat and tears in this business, and I don’t want masks in here. I feel the overall reaction with masks is ridiculous in the United States right now. So when they put their masks on the other night, they were reminded that at the front to take it off. They didn’t want to, and so we asked them to leave.”