Kudos! To Lenin Gutierrez, a Starbucks barista in San Diego who stood up to a woman refusing to wear her face mask.
Post that, he was tipped with a sum of $50,000 raised by GoFundMe Campaign.
As the state of California is affected the most by the ongoing pandemic crisis, people are made sure to wear masks in common places.
The woman named Amber Lynn Gilles was denied her order as she did not her mask on. Gilles went on to click a pic of Lenin and share it on her Facebook stating: “Meet lenen [sic] 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.”
But in turn, Lenin received huge support from all over and even GoFundMe raised a donation as his tip a sum of $ 47,118 by Friday noon.
To this Gutierrez said in a video on his Facebook that: “It’s so shocking to see something get so big that only happened within a few minutes.”
Explaining the incident he said he was given the front cash register and when he saw Amber without a mask he asked her to wear one.
“She told me, ‘No. I don’t need one,’ “Gutierrez said. “I was going to show her the paper that we’ve been provided saying that we require face masks, but we can still help — but before I can say anything, she flips me off, she says, ‘No. I don’t need one.’ And she started cursing up a storm. She started calling people ‘sheep’ and she left.”
He also added that after a few minutes she came and asked for his name.
“She took a photo of me and said, ‘I’m calling corporate,’ and started cursing some more at everyone, and just left, this time, for good,” he recalled.
“I thought that was going to be the end of it,” Gutierrez said, “I didn’t know it was going to come to this.”
Lenin also said that prior to COVID-19 had made people stay indoors he had been working as a dance instructor and is an upcoming dancer.
“With this donation that everyone provided me with GoFundMe, I can make these dreams reality,” he said. “I can fuel my passions even better now. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for it. It’s just amazing to see that I can actually make these dreams of pursuing more into dance a thing now. Thank you so much for it.”