Amber Lynn Gilles, a yoga instructor and photographer, took to Facebook on June 22 to blast a barista for not serving her at a Starbucks in San Diego. She didn't expect what would happen next.
A Facebook post has gone viral after a woman, Amber Lynn Gilles, shared a picture of a young Starbucks barista, Lenin, who refused to serve her because she wasn't wearing her mask. She captioned the picture:
Meet lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I’m not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption.
The reactions weren't exactly what she expected. Not only did her post backfire after she shamed the young barista, but it also attracted more than 150,000 comments and 50,000 shares supporting and defending the young Lenin.
Then, the story gets even more heartwarming. Soon enough, Lenin was identified by the Internet and Matt Cowan decided to set a GoFundMe to support Lenin Gutierrez's gesture and tip him.
I set it at $1,000 thinking that was a reach but we would be lucky if we hit like $250 and when we hit $100 I was overwhelmed by that,
Well, it's safe to say that the donations surpassed his expectations. The people have gathered and the GoFundMe has already raised a crazy 27K and it looks like it's not getting to stop anytime soon.
San Diego County requires residents to wear a mask in most public settings, including when picking up food at a restaurant.
'We can’t expect law enforcement to make sure every person is wearing a face covering. But if you don’t wear one, you can be cited or not allowed into businesses, on transit or in other areas,' the county said.
Starbucks said in a statement:
We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores. We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores.
Gilles took to Facebook to defend her actions and to clash with those who were blasting her on her post
I am not scared or bothered by your ignorant fraud a**'s, not so sorry you losers got nothing better to do.Thanks for the ratings you all act like the terrorist organization you are.
Well, it looks like some people never learn...
A young barista in San Diego refused to serve a woman without a mask
While she took Facebook to shame the poor kid
a GoFundMe was launched to support him
People gathered and have already raised 27K
The barista, Lenin Gutierrez took Facebook to thank his supporters
what a great gesture