More than $67,000 raised for San Diego Starbucks barista in mask complaint
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than $67,000 has been raised by Saturday for a Clairemont Starbucks employee who became the target of a local woman’s vitriol in an online post over the store’s COVID-19-related mask policy.
The woman, identified through Facebook as Amber Lynn Gilles, posted a since-deleted picture online Monday of the barista, identified as Lenin Gutierrez.
In it, Gilles complained that Gutierrez would not serve her unless she donned a mask.
“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 post read.
Since then, a GoFundMe page created by Gutierrez’s friend, Matt Cowan, has garnered him widespread attention and financial support from more than 4,000 donors.
A masked Gutierrez appeared in a video on Cowan’s Youtube page earlier this week after donation reached $10,000.
” Everyone, I just want to say thank you for all the love and support,” he said in the 17-second video.
“What everyone is doing is an honor to see all this happen, but I just want to remind everyone to be kind to one another and to love each other, and always remember to wear a mask.”