Thursday, 02 July, 2020

More than $48,000 raised for barista at center of viral Facebook post

Starbucks barista receives $57,000 in donations after 'Karen' shames him Top News Starbucks barista gets $57,000 in donations just after ‘Karen’ shames him By Izer
Ginger Lawrence | 29 June, 2020, 08:44

"Meet lenen [sic] from Starbucks who refused to provide me induce I'm not wearing a mask ..."

The post had been shared some 47,000 times and amassed over 133,000 comments as of Thursday - and Gilles had been dubbed a "Karen". "Masks are stupid and so are the people wearing them", she said in a comment on the post.

Comments continued to pour in, with some people writing that they wanted to give Gutierrez a tip.

A GoFundMe page was created for the barista, identified as Lenin Gutierrez, after a customer posted a now-viral picture of him on Facebook wearing a mask and complaining that she wasn't served because she wasn't wearing one.

The post prompted Matt Cowan to establish the GoFundMe for Gutierrez, who he failed to know.

He said Gilles approached the counter to place an order, and when Gutierrez asked if she had a mask, she told him that she didn't need one.

There is now a GoFundMe campaign entitled "Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen" with the sole goal of providing gratitude to the Starbuck's employee, Lenin, "for his honorable effort standing his ground when faced with a Karen in the wild".

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

Long story short, the woman - now, of course, dubbed a "Karen" by the internet - inspired folks to raised more than $36,000 for the young barista named Lenin Gutierrez, who was trying to do his job safely.

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He described being assigned the front register and asking Gilles if she had a face mask, leading her to curse and storm out, only to return moments later to snap a photo of Gutierrez, ask his name and threaten to phone Starbucks corporate headquarters before leaving again.

San Deigo County issued a observe on Could 1 demanding inhabitants to wear experience-covering in most community settings, like when buying in a retail outlet or finding up foods at a restaurant.

On Facebook, Lenin Gutierrez said he already has big plans for his unexpected tips. It does state, however, that those with a health condition that prevents wearing a mask are exempted. All the money will be going to Lenin for him to do with it as he wishes. "We respectfully urge clients to follow the social distances and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing facial clothing when visiting our stores".

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

He said Gilles walked in without a mask and he asked her if she had a mask.

On Fb, Lenin Gutierrez explained he now has big strategies for his unforeseen tips.

In his Facebook video, Gutierrez said he's been working at Starbucks but dreams of working as a dancer and dance instructor.

"With this donation that everyone provided me on GoFundMe, I can make these dreams a reality", he said. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for that.