Starbucks Barista who refused to serve maskless woman hopes to build future with advice – NBC 7 San Diego


The Starbucks barista, ashamed on social media for refusing to serve a client who did not wear a mask, told NBC 7 that he just wanted to build his future with the advice he had received.

NBC 7 spoke to Lenin Gutierrez about his plans with the money that thousands of people donated for what many saw as courageous action.

Gutierrez said he didn’t want to touch the money yet and was talking to a financial advisor.

“I want to become a sports coach and always help the dance community. At a time when I can no longer dance, I can always help others, ”he said.

Gutierrez has worked at Starbucks for almost three years. He worked at the Children’s Center to teach dance and was an assistant dance teacher in a studio before the coronavirus pandemic.

He told NBC 7 that it was just a normal day when Lynn Gilles entered the store. She was refused service for refusing to wear a mask and decided to shame Gutierrez on social networks.

He said it was not the first time that he had to deal with clients like this and that he did not expect anything to come of it.

“After he left, I thought it would be the end. At most, I thought she was going to call the company, ”he said. “But then it got big and it changed everything. ”

A GoFundMe page was created by Matt Cowan, who did not know Gutierrez, and the account quickly grew with the support of thousands of people.

“When it first started and I saw the goal, which I think was $ 1,000, I laughed and thought it would be cool, but I didn’t think that people were going to donate. And my boy, I was wrong, “he said.

On Monday, Will Collette and Matt Cowan documented their trip to the bank to withdraw the large sum of money and the trip to San Diego to present it to Gutierrez, the Starbucks barista now at the reception of a very large GofundMe account.

The barista received advice from a GoFundMe page after refusing to serve a woman in a Starbucks for not wearing a mask.

Previously, Gilles told NBC 7 that she wanted some money for her share in the post and is considering suing the creator of the libel and slander fundraiser.

“I never threatened him. I just called him for his actions. I never threatened him and I received thousands of death threats. It is very overwhelming. It’s very scary, ”said Gilles.

Lenin did not speak about the incident, but he sent a message to Gilles who made him the “most famous barista on the planet”.

“What I would tell you is what I would say to everyone: always be nice, always good,” he said.

Lenin continues to work at Starbucks as he completes Miramar Community College and hopes to graduate from kinesiology to become a sports coach.

“I am so blessed and honored that this opportunity is offered to me by everyone,” he said. “Thank you very much and I will accomplish what I want to accomplish. “


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