SPOKANE, Wash. — A 37-year-old man says he was banned from a Starbucks in Washington state after asking a 16-year-old barista out to dinner, CBS Spokane affiliate KREM reports.
The man, who was not identified by KREM since he has not been charged with a crime, said he was at Starbucks in Spokane last week and wrote a note asking out a barista.
“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 in a Facebook post.
He said that when he went back the next day, a police officer told him he was banned from the Starbucks.
Spokane police said businesses are allowed to refuse service to people for as long as they see fit. But the man says he’s facing discrimination due to his age.
“I know the female Starbucks barista was of legal age to date,” the man said. “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.”
He asked his friends on Facebook to call Starbucks and complain — but the request was met with opposition.
Many people took to the Spokane Starbucks’ Facebook page to praise the store for barring the man from the location.
“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 spokesperson said, “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.”
Sir just because she smiles at you and she is nice to you does not mean she is flirting with you. It’s a part of her job to be courteous and to smile and to be engaging. Don’t take that as a sign of sexual interest. You are 37 years old and you’re hitting on a 16 year old girl because you felt like she was flirting with you. But now you want to play the victim and claim discrimination. The best your ass can do is hit on a child? What a bum. She found you funny? Woopty Doo! Stop being a pedo creep. Why would a grown man want a child? Is it because he knows that no real woman wouldn’t put up with his bullshit? That’s why these guys prey on teens. They are easily influenced and naive.
If she was really interested why did she rat you out?