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Barista gets $58k in tips for refusing to serve person without mask

Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask' she said in the post tagging the coffee shop off the 4200 block of Genesee Avenue.' time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption More than $20K raised for Starbucks employee who refused to serve customer not wearing a mask
Ginger Lawrence | 29 June, 2020, 15:52

"Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption", the woman's post was captioned.

Gilles did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.

Amber Lynn Gilles, the woman behind the Facebook post, has since spoken to NBC San Diego about the backlash she has received in recent days.

Gilles, who has since been dubbed a "Karen," then shared a picture of Gutierrez on Facebook and criticised him for not serving her.

Even though he doesn't know Gutierrez personally, Matt Cowan lauded the young java server for his "honorable effort standing his ground when faced with a Karen in the wild".

Mashable has reached out to both Gilles and Gutierrez and will update the post if necessary.

Cowan named the donation web site "Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen". "It just goes to show you there are a lot of good people out there and that outweighs the bad".

Gutierrez said that before he could explain to his Starbucks policy that all customers wear a mask at the store, he said, "I just jerk and start cursing a storm".

The campaign's original target was $1,000 - but less than a week later, hundreds of people today had donated approximately $80,000.

"I never threatened him, I just called him out on his actions", she said, adding that she felt "denied and discriminated against".

Gilles took to Facebook to defend her actions and to clash with those who were blasting her on her post
Gilles took to Facebook to defend her actions and to clash with people who were blasting her on her behalf post

"I was perplexed and honored to receive so much support and love when I was in $ 1,000".

"With this donation that everyone provided with the GoFundMe, I can make these dreams a reality", he said.

Lenin Gutierrez said he would use the money to help him achieve his dream of being a dancer and he would also contribute to organisations in the San Diego community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public" to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the coronavirus, which is highly contagious.

Many people expressed their desire to tip Guiterrez.

But some argue that the act of wearing a mask is political, and that wearing one infringes on their civil liberties.

President Donald Trump he recently told The Wall Street Journal that the masks are "a double-edged sword" and suggested that the masks be worn as a political statement, and not as a health precaution, to show disapproval.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face masks or coverings are now required when in public spaces throughout the state, especially when indoors or within 6 feet of people outside someone's household. People with medical conditions who can't wear masks are exempt from wearing a face covering.

"Meet lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask". They can also send delivery.

A spokesperson from Starbucks told CBS 8: "We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores".

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