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Starbucks barista gets £47k in tips after refusing to serve unmasked woman

A Starbucks barista is set to receive more than £47,000 [$58,000] in tips after a customer tried to shame him for not serving her while she was not wearing a mask.

Amber Lynn Gilles blasted the barista on Facebook for refusing to serve her at a Starbucks in San Diego California on June 22.

The yoga instructor and photographer posted: “Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I’m not wearing a mask” in a Facebook post which racked up more than 133k comments.

The ‘San Diego Karen’ tagged the coffee shop at 4227 Genesee Avenue San Diego and added “next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption”.

People took to social media to hit back at the woman for her post which was shared more than 49,000 times before it was taken down.

Stranger Matt Cowan set up a GoFundMe for Gutierrez in retaliation titled “tips for Lenin standing up to a San Diego Karen” which has so far received more than $58,000 in donations.

Donations flooded in from 4.6k donors, smashing Matt’s original $5,000 target more than ten-fold since the fundraiser was launched on Tuesday.

Matt has since been in touch with the barista who has sent several videos and posts thanking his supporters.

In his video, the barista said: “I just want to say thank you for all the love and support and what everyone is doing is an honour to see all this happen.

“I just want to remind everyone to be kind to one another and to love one another and always remember to wear a mask.”

In a GoFundMe post, the barista is seen wearing a Marvel face mask and holding a handwritten message which reads: “Thank you everyone for the tips. Stay safe.”

As donations continued to pour in, organiser Matt commented: “Let’s hope Karen sleeps well tonight knowing that her hatred has helped raise money for Lenin.”

Yet Gilles returned to Facebook after her initial post and continued to clash with supporters of the barista in her post from June 23.

She said: “I am not scarred or bothered by your ignorant fraud ass’s, not so sorry you losers got nothing better to do.

“Thanks for the ratings. You all act like the terrorist organisation you are.”

While others on Facebook accused her of “terrorising” the young barista in response to her post.

Christine Hardy commented: “If things had gone as you planned, you’d have terrorised that kid.

“You tried to terrorise him at work, blast him on Facebook and thought Starbucks would discipline him. They will likely commend him. So it’s quite fitting that you’re getting the treatment you wished so much for him.”

Irish Kristi commented: “You do realise the only one who is benefiting from these ‘so called ratings’ is Lenen. He has almost 10,000 dollars in tips.”

In a statement shared online, a Starbucks spokesperson said: “‘We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores.

“We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores.”