“I thought it was going to be the end,” said Mr. Gutierrez, who has worked at Starbucks since 2017. “I didn’t think it was going to get there. “
The photo Ms. Gilles took was posted on her Facebook page with the comment: “Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me because I don’t wear a mask. Next time, I’ll wait for the cops and bring a medical exemption. She expressed doubts about the masks, saying they were “stupid, just like the people who wear them.”
The publication received more than 110,000 likes and reactions, 133,000 comments and 49,000 actions, but it also sparked a firestorm that led to thousands of dollars for Mr. Gutierrez from more than 5,000 donors. via a GoFundMe campaign.
On Saturday afternoon, the site raised more than $ 65,000 in donations. It was titled “Tips for Lenin to Resist a Karen from San Diego,” a term used to describe a white woman who is angry or feels entitled.
Gilles said she was “denied and discriminated against” and received “thousands” of death threats, according to a video on NBC7 in San Diego. “I have not harassed anyone,” she said. “I called them because I am frustrated. “