A Starbucks barista who was publicly shamed by a customer after asking her to wear a face mask has received nearly $100,000 in virtual tips.
With the number of coronavirus cases increasing day by day, more and more companies have rolled out a strict mask policy. Starbucks is one of them.
Complying with the company policy, Lenin Gutierrez, a barista at the San Diego Starbucks, refused to serve Amber Lynn Gilles because she wasn’t wearing a mask.
Instead of realizing her mistake, the lady turned to Facebook to blast the barista for his actions. However, to her surprise, that post ultimately saw an outpouring of support for Gutierrez and a viral GoFundMe campaign established for the employee who simply just trying to do his job.
Gutierrez was working his usual shift at a San Diego Starbucks on a Monday morning when Gilles, not wearing a mask, walked in and attempted to place an order.
The barista asked her if she had a facemask on her. However, before he gave her a mask or show her the company guidelines, requiring customers to wear one, the woman flipped him off and “started cursing up a storm.”
Although Gilles left, she came back to take a photo of the barista and uploaded it on social media. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Gilles expressed her outrage at the events that occurred at the Starbucks location on June 22.
“Meet lenen [sic] 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 in the caption.
However, things turned around when rather than generate more backlash toward Gutierrez, Gilles’ Facebook post actually led to an outpouring of support for the barista.
Amongst many people who voiced their support for the Starbucks employee was Matt Cowan. The -year-old, who doesn’t know Gutierrez personally but since he thought the barista was being bullied for doing the right thing.
So, he decided to start a GoFundMe, which he named “Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen,” to give everyone who wanted to tip Gutierrez a chance to do so virtually.
Although the initial goal of the campaign was to raise $1,000, in a matter of weeks, the amount raised went up to $100k.
Gutierrez plans on donating some of the amounts and using the rest to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer.
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