A 37-year-old says he was banned from a Washington Starbucks for asking a 16-year-old barista to dinner, WREG reports.
“I was flirted with by a barista. For some reason she thought I was funny. Said I was funny. So I gave her a note to see if she’d be interested in dinner,” the man wrote on Facebook.
The next day he went back, and a police officer told him he was banned.
The man says he’s being discriminated against: “I know the female Starbucks barista was of legal age to date…I broke no laws. I merely took a chance with my heart. I’m tired of hearing the word ‘creep’ as any black person or gay person is tired of hearing certain words. I have a whole webpage dedicated to age gap love.”
Some people wrote in to show support for the Starbucks.
“I have never been so proud to be a Starbucks customer!” one user wrote. “As a teen I had to deal with similar issues working in a restaurant as a hostess. It is an uncomfortable position no girl want to be put in. Thank you so much for supporting your employees.”
A Starbucks spokesman on the decision:”We have no tolerance for any such inappropriate behavior or harassment, and we will continue to support our store partners and local authorities investigating the situation.”
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