‘Shamed’ barista gets $83,800 in tips

Daniel Fowler
June 29, 2020

And then the client, Amber Lynn Gilles, took a picture of him.

Lenin Gutierrez was working at a Starbucks in San Diego when he asked the customer, Amber Lynn Gilles, if she had a face covering.

She tagged the coffee shop in the video and said next time she will "wait for cops and bring a medical exemption" form.

Gilles didn't respond to an interview request before publication.

"When I realized who he was, I just thought, 'Wow, it really surprised me on Facebook, '" Gutierrez told CNN. Another said: "I don't blame the kid behind the counter".

Her post already received over 100,000 reacts (mostly angry and laugh reacts), 48,000 shares, and over 130,000 comments.

At this time, Gutierrez is not speaking to the media, but has authorized Matt Cowan - who started the GoFundMe campaign - to speak on his behalf.

The 26-year-old, who does not know Gutierrez personally, said the barista was "intimidated to do the right thing".

So he made a decision to begin a GoFundMe, which he named "Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen", to give absolutely everyone who wished to tip Gutierrez a chance to do so virtually.

"It just goes to show you there are a lot of good people out there and that outweighs the bad", Cowan said.

Gutierrez said that before he was able to explain to her Starbucks policy that all customers wear a mask in the store, he said she "flips me off and she starts cursing up a storm".

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The original goal of the campaign was $ 1,000 - but less than a week later, thousands of people had donated almost $ 80,000.

He thanked all the people that donated money on his page. "Thank you so much for it".

"I was perplexed and honored to receive so much support and love when I was in $ 1,000. The fact that now it went over $65,000, I don't know how to truly vocalise how grateful and blessed I feel with this opportunity everyone has given me".

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).

A Starbucks spokesperson said the company is adhering to COVID-19 guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control and local governments at their stores.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported a 5,972-day increase in coronavirus cases, with 60 deaths from Friday to Saturday, according to an update released Saturday morning.

However, some argue that the act of the mask is political and that corruption violates their political freedoms.

President Donald Trump recently told the The Wall Street Journal that masks are "a double-edged sword" and suggested that masks are being worn as a political statement, rather than a health precaution, to show disapproval of him.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that from June 15 it will be mandatory for people to wear face coverings on public transport.

Under California Governor Gavin Newsom's mandate regarding mask, people may be exempt for wearing masks but must definitely provide a medical reason. They can also buy delivery.

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