Amber Lynn Gilles Wiki – Amber Lynn Gilles Biography
Amber Lynn Gilles is the California woman who claimed she was refused service at a Starbucks for not wearing a face mask and is now facing a backlash after her Facebook post about it went viral. In San Diego County, public health officials have mandated that anyone over the age of two is required to wear a face-covering in public to avoid spreading the coronavirus unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so.
Gilles, who has been referred to online as a San Diego “Karen,” shared a picture of the barista who she said would not serve her on June 22. She wrote that “next time I will wait for cops” and later told NBC San Diego that she felt she was discriminated against at the coffee shop.
The barista, identified as Lenin Gutierrez, countered in a video explanation that he simply asked Gilles whether she had a mask before she became angry with him. A GoFundMe campaign launched in support of Gutierrez has raised more than $33,000.
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Gilles posted a picture of Gutierrez on Facebook along with the address of the Starbucks in San Diego. In the post, she implied she had a medical reason for not wearing a mask but did not elaborate. She wrote, “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.”
The post went viral, but the reactions took off in a different direction than Gilles was likely expecting. Thousands of commenters jumped to Gutierrez’s defense and slammed Gilles for attempting to shame him for doing his job. Some remarked that if she didn’t want to wear a mask, she could have used the drive-thru.
Gilles has doubled down on her stance. A few hours after sharing the picture, she posted that she was not bothered by the negative attention. “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 organization you are.”
Gilles spoke with NBC San Diego a few days after the incident. She told the TV station she has received thousands of death threats since the post went viral and that it was “very upsetting” and “very scary.” Gilles insisted she “never threatened” Gutierrez but merely “called him out on his actions.”
Lenin Gutierrez Video
Lenin Gutierrez shared his side of the story in a video posted to Facebook. He explained that when Gilles came into the store without a mask, he asked her if she had one. She responded “no” and said that she did not need one.
Gutierrez explained that he intended to show Gilles the order stating that Starbucks is required to ask customers to wear face masks, adding “but we can still help.” But Gutierrez said he was prevented from saying that to Gilles because she started “cursing up a storm” at him.
He said Gilles “called people sheep” and left the store, only to return minutes later to take a picture of him. Gutierrez said Gilles threatened to call the corporate office and was “cursing some more at everyone” before leaving again. The Washington Post reported that after sharing his side of the story on Facebook, Gutierrez’s manager asked him not to discuss the incident publicly any further.
Starbucks has responded with a statement urging customers to wear masks at its stores. A spokesperson told FOX Business, “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.”