A barista in San Diego that declined to serve a woman because she did not wear a mask and was abused by her remarks has won the hearts of social media users and has gained $47,000 in tips.
Well, I need that type of money too.
Lenin Gutierrez, the barista that we are talking about, was working in a Starbucks in San Diego when Amber Lynn Gilles, criticized him on Facebook for not serving coffee to her because she was not wearing a mask.
In the post that she made on Facebook, Amber said:
Meet Lenin 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 post backfired after it went viral.
Facebook users defended Guiterrez and discriminated against the acts of Amber.
A Facebook user that left a comment on the post said: “There’s no reason to publicly shame a kid who’s trying to work his shift like any other day.”
Another user said: “I don’t blame the kid behind the counter. They need to follow the rules that they are given.”
On May 1, 2020, San Diego announced that it is required for their residents to wear masks when they are outside their houses.
So you may be wondering how he got so many tips?
Well, Matt Cowan, a man who does not know who the bystander is, stumped on the post and went on to start a GoFundMe virtual tip jar.
Matt set up the page, which is called “Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen”, and said:
Raising money for Lenin for his honorable effort standing his ground when faced with a Karen in the wild.
Within the first week, the barista got over $47,000 in tips.
During an interview with KGTV, Cowan explained why he did such a great act.
Everybody is rallying around somebody for doing what they’re supposed to do and trying to protect everyone else. It just goes to show you there are a lot of good people out there and that outweighs the bad.
Lenin Gutierrez, the barista, shared his big plans on Facebook after getting such big tips from the public.
I’ve received numerous messages asking for my side of the story. Since this seems to be the most popular thread I decided to post my personal experience here. Thank you all for the love and support.
Posted by Lenin Gutierrez on Wednesday, 24 June 2020
With this donation that everyone provided me on GoFundMe, I can make these dreams a reality. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Gutierrez worked as a dance teacher and is an aspiring dancer.