A customer at a Costco in Colorado filmed an employee asking him to leave for not wearing a mask.
A GoFundMe campaign for a San Diego Starbucks barista has raised more than $48,000 after a customer’s Facebook post went viral.
In a Facebook post Monday, Amber Lynn Gilles posted a photo of a barista named Lenin Gutierrez and says he refused her service for not wearing a mask.
“Meet lenen 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,” Giles wrote in a Facebook post.
Many jumped to Gutierrez’s defense and debated the use of masks and before the post was taken down Friday, it had 133,000 comments and had been shared nearly 50,000 times, NBC News reported.
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San Diego started requiring masks or face coverings May 1 and the state of California added the requirement June 18.
“We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores,” a Starbucks spokesperson told USA TODAY. “We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores.”
The incident is similar to one at a Costco store in Arvada, Colorado when a shopper took a video of a Costco employee with a badge name “Tison” asking him to leave the store for not wearing a mask.
“I’ll just put you on my 3,000-follower Instagram feed, mostly loved ones,” the customer says to the Costco employee as he starts recording the interaction.
The Centers for Disease Control has recommended “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
Contributing: Josh Rivera
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