It all started when Facebook user Amber Lynn Gilles posted a photo of a Starbucks employee, later identified as Lenin Gutierrez, and said that he "refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask".
The post backfired on Gilles even more after Matt Cowan saw it and subsequently set up a "virtual tip jar" for Gutierrez, raising over $22,000.
California has a rule that covers the entire face that requires people to wear a mask wherever they come six meters from others.
Most of the comments were pointing out how stupid her reaction was against the Starbucks barista.
The original post from the woman, who goes by Amber Lynn Gilles on Facebook, threatened to call the cops the next time she went to the Starbucks in San Diego.
Gutierrez would not comment but has authorized Matt Cowan - who started the GoFundMe campaign - to speak on his behalf.
After seeing a lot of comments supporting Gutierrez in his encounter with Gilles, Matt Cowan of Irvine, California, chose to start an online effort to raise money for the Starbucks employee.
"I am maybe not scared or bothered by your ignorant fraud a**'s, not so sorry you losers got nothing better to do.,' she said".
Customer calls out Starbucks employee for refusing service over a mask — then the internet steps in with a $22k payday
Cowan mentioned he was struck by how persons are "rallying round any person for doing what they're supposed" to do and attempting to curb the unfold of COVID-19. Earlier this week on Wednesday, Gutierrez shared his thanks for all the "love and support" he had received. He set up a GoFundMe page for Gutierrez and set the goal at $1,000, thinking that they would be lucky if they will be able to hit $250.
Gutierrez, an aspiring dancer, posted a Facebook video expressing gratitude for the donations, and relaying his surprise that an incident that lasted just a few minutes could result in something "so big".
I am not wearing a mask from Starbucks who refused to serve me ... People with medical conditions who can not wear masks are exempt from wearing a face mask. "We respectfully request prospects comply with social distancing and safety protocols proposed by community overall health officials, which includes donning a facial covering when browsing our merchants".
He described working the register on Monday and asking Gilles if she had a face mask.
Gutierrez asked her if she had a face mask and was about to show her the company and California's public health mandate of face masks, when Giles launched a tirade of abuse, or as Gutierrez said, "cursing up a storm".
On Fb, Lenin Gutierrez explained he now has big strategies for his unforeseen tips. The fact that it's now over $ 65,000, I don't know how to really shout how grateful and blessed I feel at this opportunity that everyone has given me.
The donations will help make his dreams "a thing now", he says, adding: "Thank you so much".
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