Barista gets $58k in tips for refusing to serve person without mask

Lenin Gutierrez

Donations have topped $57,000 for Lenin Gutierrez, a barista who stood up to a woman when she refused to wear a face mask at the San Diego Starbucks in which he operates.

The now viral post has been shared more than 47,000 times and has been inundated with comments from people slamming the woman on her post.

In the customer's post Monday, Amber Lynn Gilles said barista Lenin Gutierrez refused to serve her when she entered the store in Clairemont without a face covering.

She captioned it with 'Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask. "Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption", she wrote on her Facebook page that showed Lenin wearing a mask at the coffee shop.

Gilles didn't respond to a request for comment.

Instead than create a lot more backlash towards Gutierrez, Gilles' Facebook publish in fact led to an outpouring of support for the barista. "Starbucks has also set up other ways to get coffee if you aren't comfortable wearing a mask".

He also told his side of events, and said he was following company policy and she had taken his name and photo and said she would take the issue further.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face masks or coverings are now required when in public spaces throughout the state, especially when indoors or within 6 feet of people outside someone's household.

The coronavirus has been spreading through Califronia rapidly. He also wants to donate to some organizations in the San Diego community.


In a statement shared online, a Starbucks spokesman said: "We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores".

In an interview with KNSD-TV Channel 7 in San Diego, Gilles said she's received "thousands" of death threats since the post went live.

'I want to remind everybody to be kind to one another and to love each other and always keep in mind to wear a mask, ' he said in a video. Several of her Facebook photos show her attending anti-vaccination protests.

Among those moved by the post: Matt Cowan.

Lenin Gutierrez, 24, was working at Starbucks in San Diego when yoga instructor Amber Lynn Gilles walked in without a face mask and attempted to place an order. The original goal was to reach $1,000, and Cowan has been amazed by the overwhelming response in support of Gutierrez.

"People don't ask you to do much, they ask you to wear a mask for your safety and the safety of others", Cowan told CNN.

A barista who says he was verbally abused by a customer refusing to wear a mask can now pursue his dream of being a dancer after well-wishers donated more than $75,000 (£61,000).

He has been teaching children, hoping to "change their life the way (dance) changed mine".

She said: "I am not scarred or bothered by your ignorant fraud ass's, not so sorry you losers got nothing better to do".

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