The Starbucks barista, who was embarrassed on social media for refusing to service a non-masked customer, told NBC 7 that he only wanted to shape his future with the tips he received.
NBC 7 spoke to Lenin Gutierrez about his plans with the money that thousands of people had donated for a courageous campaign.
Gutierrez said he doesn’t want to touch the money yet and is talking to a financial advisor.
“I want to be a sports coach and always help the dance community. At a point where I can no longer dance, I can always help others,” he said.
Gutierrez has been with Starbucks for almost three years. He worked in the children’s center and taught dance. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, he was a dance teacher in a studio.
He told NBC 7 that it was just a normal day when Lynn Gilles entered the store. She was denied service because she refused to wear a mask and decided to publicly shame Gutierrez on social media.
He said this was not the first time that he had to deal with such customers and he did not expect anything to come of it.
“After she left, I thought that would be the end. I thought she would only call Corporate,” he said. “But then it got big and it changed everything.”
A GoFundMe page was created by Matt Cowan, who didn’t know Gutierrez, and the account grew quickly with the support of thousands of people.
“When it started and I saw the goal, which I thought was $ 1,000, I laughed and thought it was cool, but I didn’t think people would donate. And boy, was I 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 to Gutierrez, the Starbucks barista, who is now getting a very large GofundMe account.
The barista got the tips from a GoFundMe site after refusing a woman job at a Starbucks because he wasn’t wearing a mask.
Earlier, Gilles told NBC 7 that she wanted part of the money for her post and was considering suing the creator of the fundraiser for defamation and defamation.
“I never threatened him. I only made him aware of his actions. I never threatened him and received thousands of death threats. It is very annoying. It’s very scary, ”said Gilles.
Lenin did not speak about the incident, but sent a message to Gilles, who made him the “most famous barista in the world”.
“What I would tell you, I would tell everyone: Always be friendly, always be good,” he said.
Lenin continues to work at Starbucks when he finishes Miramar Community College and hopes to graduate in kinesiology to become a sports coach.
“I am so blessed and honored that I have been given this opportunity by everyone around the world,” he said. “A big thank you and I will achieve what I want to achieve.”