A GoFundMe page created in the name of the barista raised almost $ 25,000 in four days.
“I never threatened him, I just called him for his actions. I never threatened him and I received death threats, thousands, it’s very upsetting. It’s very scary, “said Amber Lynn Gilles.
Shortly after being refused, Gilles posted a photo of barista Lenin Gutierrez on his Facebook page.
The message reads, “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. ”
Face covers are mandatory in San Diego County businesses. Public health officials have said that companies have the right to refuse services to anyone who does not comply with public health standards. One of the few exceptions to wearing face masks is medical conditions that would be inhibited by face masks.
Gilles, 35, has three children and considers himself to be
anti-vaxxer. She says that face masks are ineffective.
“It starts with coffee, but it ends with digital certificates and forced vaccinations,” said Gilles.
Gilles also claims to have bought coffee two days earlier at
the Starbucks without wearing a mask.
“I never threatened him, I just called him for his actions,” said Gilles.
Gilles said she received thousands of messages reacting to her Facebook posts, including threats.
Barista Gutierrez does not make any public comments but posted a video on his Facebook page explaining what happened.
In this document, he says that he asked Gilles if she had a mask to which the client replied that she did not need it.
“Before she could say anything, she fired me and said I don’t
needed one and she started cursing a storm. She started calling people sheep and
she left and in a few minutes came back and asked for my name and took
a photo, “said Gutierrez on the video.
He also thanked the donors and said he will use the money to realize his dream of becoming a dancer.
Gilles, who started the incident with his message, said he wanted part of the money and threatened to sue the creator of the page for libel and slander.