The creator of a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $100,000 is being sued by a California woman who shamed a barista online for asking her to wear a mask inside a Starbucks store in San Diego.
Matt Cowan created the “Tips for Lenin” GoFundMe last summer after Amber Gilles, a yoga instructor, accused a Starbucks barista of refusing her service for not wearing a mask.
Gilles’ June 22 Facebook rant about Lenin Gutierrez prompted an outpouring of money and support for the barista.
“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 the now-removed post.
Last July, Gilles asked Cowan for half of the $105,445 raised. Last week she filed a lawsuit against Cowan and his company, Mercy Media, for “violation of her right to publicity,” “misappropriation of her name and likeness,” and “false light invasion of privacy.”
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