Barista Attacked By Customer, Finds Other Clients Have His Back
Here is what went down. A Starbucks barista who was publicly shamed by a customer after asking her to wear a face mask has (so fa) received nearly $80 thousand dollars in tips after a Facebook post that criticized him went viral.
Lenin Gutierrez was working his usual shift at a San Diego Starbucks when a woman, (who was not wearing a mask) walked into the coffee spot and attempted to place an order.
Gutierrez asked her if she had a face mask, but before he was even able to show her the Starbucks company guidelines, that REQUIRES customers to wear one, well this woman totally flipped out and began cussing out a storm.
The angry customer, Amber Lynn Gilles, took a photo of him and posted it saying "Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me because I am not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption."
Rather than generate more backlash towards the barista, Giles' Facebook post actually led to an outpouring of support for the barista who was just doing his job following company guidelines.
When Gutierrez saw the post from the angry customer online, he thought WOW, she really blasted me. Others who saw the post came to the defense of the barista and gave him tips that now top a bit more than 80 thousand dollars.
Most of the comments on Facebook were on the side of the Starbucks worker, with one saying that the barista was "being bullied for doing the right thing." So he started a GoFundMe page. He initially wanted to raise $1,000, well than number soared to $80,000.