A Starbucks customer post on Facebook vented the news that she was denied service because she didn’t wear a mask, and she eventually received huge support and received nearly $30,000 for the barista she tried to smear.
Amber Lynn Gilles posted a photo at the Starbucks coffee shop on Monday with the caption: “Meet Starbucks because I refused to serve me because I didn’t wear a mask, so I didn’t want to serve me. Next I will wait for the police and get a medical waiver.”
Negative comments began to appear immediately. Some people are very patient and explain to Gilles that Starbucks employees only follow the agreement, while others are not very friendly. Giles stimulates commentators by responding to some of them. She wrote in an article like this: “Masks are stupid, as are the people wearing them.”
As of Friday, Giles’ complaint has been commented on 133,000 times and shared nearly 50,000 times. Many people are asking how to send tips to a barista named Lenin Gutierrez.
So Matt Cowan, who said he didn’t know Gilles or Gutierrez, founded GoFundMe, sending virtual reminders to young baristas. By Friday morning, it had raised more than $30,000.
Gutierrez thanked both the GoFundMe page and his own personal Facebook page.
“I just want to thank all of you for your love and support. Everything everyone does is honored to see all these things happen, but I just want to remind everyone to be friendly, love each other and always remember to wear a mask.” He is in The video posted on GoFundMe says.
In a Facebook video, he added that he plans to use the money to realize the dream of teaching young people dance, hoping that this art can change their lives and thus their lives.
He also detailed the incident to Giles on Monday.
“I was helping the customer at the time, and this lady came up, she didn’t have a mask. I asked her’Do you have a mask?’ she told me “No. She said: “I don’t need it. “I want to show her the documents we have been providing, saying that we need masks, but we can still help, but before we could say anything, she let me down, she said: “No, I don’t need a , She began to hype the storm. “
He said that Gilles called the other customers “sheep” before it was hyped. Then she came back to take pictures of him, saying that she intended to report him to the company and curse more.
Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via email.
San Diego County requires people to wear masks in public places.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “recommends wearing cloth masks in public places where it is difficult to maintain other social alienation measures” because “the virus can spread from person to person, such as talking, coughing or sneezing, even if those People have no symptoms.”
However, Gilles, who has three children, considers herself an anti-vaxxer. According to NBC San Diego, she does not believe that the mask is effective.
She told the media: “It starts with coffee, but ends with a digital certificate and mandatory vaccination.”
Gilles added that she has been threatened since she took office. She did not respond to other requests for comment on Friday.
Cowan, who launched the viral GoFundMe, told NBC News that he launched the page so that his friends can donate to Gutierrez that he found on Facebook.
He said he set his initial goal at $1,000 and thought it was a “reachable distance”, adding that when a person whose admiration donated reached $100, he was “very happy.”
Cohen said: “Since I started GoFundMe, Lenin and I have been talking every day.” We “talked about everything that happened through video chat. He is one of the humblest people I have ever seen, and very friendly and caring. “