An anti-mask woman’s Facebook post complaining about a Starbucks employee who refused to serve her unless she put on appropriate face protection backfired spectacularly when anti-coronavirus people found it. As the post went viral, it gained massive amounts of comments supporting the barista.
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.Posted by Amber Lynn Gilles on Monday, June 22, 2020
“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,” says Amber Lynn Gilles.
It wasn’t long before a GoFundMe campaign was set up asking for “tips” for the young man, whose name is actually Lenin Gutierrez. After two days, the campaign has already passed its $20,000 goal.
“Raising money for Lenin for his honorable effort standing his ground when faced with a Karen in the wild,” the campaign description reads.
Gutierrez released a video explaining his side of the events and saying that he didn’t actually refuse to serve her, but merely asked if she had a mask and was about to show her Starbuck’s pandemic safety guidelines when she lost her cool.
I’ve received numerous messages asking for my side of the story. Since this seems to be the most popular thread I decided to post my personal experience here. Thank you all for the love and support.Posted by Lenin Gutierrez on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
“She started calling people sheep and she left,” Gutierrez said. “Within a few minutes she came back and asked for my name, she took a photo of me and said ‘I’m calling corporate’ and started cussing some more at everyone and just left.”
Based on Gilles’ follow-up comments, she appears to be one of those people claiming that wearing face masks to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus is ineffective and even dangerous. They are also using fake get-out-of-mask-free cards falsely claiming that they’re exempted from mask mandates, which is practically guaranteed to hurt actually disabled people who need accommodations.
In response to Gilles’ post and the resulting community support of Gutierrez, Starbucks released a statement again asking customers to wear masks.
“We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores,” they said. “We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores.”
Meanwhile, people are still dragging the latest Starbucks Karen.
Gutierrez plans to use the money to pursue his dream to become a teacher.