Thousands Tip Starbucks Worker Via GoFundMe

Andrew Cummings
June 29, 2020

Seems it all began when Gutierrez wouldn't serve Amber Lynn Gilles at Starbucks: "Meet lenen [sic] from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask", the 35-year-old San Diego woman wrote along with a now-deleted Facebook photo of him.

The post went viral, and has been shared thousands of times as well as being flooded with comments - many of which were from people quick to call Gilles out for her behaviour.

According to him, when Gilles entered the store, she was not wearing any face masks.

Most of the comments were pointing out how stupid her reaction was against the Starbucks barista.

Because the facial mask guide has changed so much

Many people expressed their support for Gutierrez in comments about Gilles' post, with some saying they wanted to visit the cafe to give him some special advice.

Lenin Gutierrez, 24, was operating his usual change at a San Diego Starbucks on a Monday morning when a female - who was not putting on a mask - walked in and attempted to put an buy, he informed CNN.

One man, Matt Cowan, set up a GoFundMe in retaliation to Amber's post, titling it Tips For Lenin standing up to a San Diego Karen.

"I thought it was moving to see Matt create a GoFundMe for me, even though we didn't know each other", Gutierrez said.


Cowan also said he was awed by how people can rally around someone they do not know for doing what they are supposed to do and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you very much for that.

A GoFundMe web page arrange for the Starbucks worker, recognized as Lenin Gutierrez, has raised greater than $21,029 from nearly 2,000 donors as of Thursday.

San Diego County has required people to wear face masks in public since May 1.

Gutierrez explained in a Facebook video. We published an article recently called "How Should Restaurants & Businesses Approach Those Who Do Not Wear Face Coverings" to assist businesses in dealing with noncompliant customers. People with medical conditions who can't wear masks are exempt from wearing a face covering.


A Starbucks representative, on the other hand, told news outlets in a statement that the popular chain wants everyone to feel welcome at any of its locations. "We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores", a Starbucks spokesperson told Delish: "More information on what customers can expect in our stores can be found on our At a Glance page". "It's very scary", she said. "It just goes to demonstrate you there are a whole lot of great individuals out there and that outweighs the bad".

In his video, Gutierrez said he has always dreamed of becoming a dancer and teaching others the art of dance. He said he plans to use the money to once again become a dance instructor working with children.

The donations will help make his dreams "a thing now", he says, adding: "Thank you so much".


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