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Starbucks Barista gets ₱4.4M in tips after standing firm in not serving customer without facemask

After another ‘Karen’ criticized a barista who did not serve her because she was not wearing proper protective gear, people gave support for the coffee shop staff by sending him $89,000 in virtual tips

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By JULES VIVAS 

Lenin Gutierrez worked his normal shift at a San Diego Starbucks on June 22, when yoga instructor Amber Lynn Gilles tried to make an order even though she wasn’t wearing the most basic and standard PPE—a face mask. Naturally, Amber was denied service since Lenin had to follow quarantine protocols under the California mandate for face masks. The following day, Amber attempted to publicly shame Lenin by posting on Facebook what had happened in the coffee shop. Instead of generating backlash for Lenin, the rant online only led to an outpouring of support for the 24-year-old barista instead.

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Lenin Gutierrez (photo from Amber Lynn Gilles Facebook account)

Take note that the self-described activist profusely cursed Lenin during the encounter, which she firmly describes as a form of “discrimination.”

26-year-old Matt Cowan  was dismayed about the situation, and admired Lenin for doing the right thing even though he was being bullied. Matt started a GoFundMe named “Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen,” as a form of reward and support for the barista. The campaign first raised a thousand US dollars, but had already garnered $89,000 (around 4.3 million in Philippine peso) today.

On June 24, Lenin posted a video on Facebook to share his side of the story. He also conveyed gratitude toward the people who have supported him and donated in the GoFundMe, which he said will aid him in his aspiration to become a dancer.

“Thank you for all the love and support. It’s been so helpful and so shocking to see something get so big that only happened within a few minutes,” he mentions in the video outlining the incident.

Aside from the cash donations, netizens also expressed praises and support for Lenin online.

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