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37-year-old man is angry after being banned from Starbucks for asking 16-year-old barista on date

By Mason White 12:29 PM January 2, 2017
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By: Feng Qian

A man is asking the public to call Starbucks to reverse their decision of banning him from their restaurant.

The 37-year-old man in Washington, who did not want to identify himself because he was not charged with a crime, took to Facebook to vent his frustration.

“I was flirting with a barista. For some reason, she thought I was funny, said I was funny. So I gave her a note to see if she would be interested in dinner,” the man wrote on Facebook.

He said that the next day when he returned to Starbucks, a Spokane police officer came over and informed him that he was banned from the location.

Spokane police said that businesses are legally allowed to refuse service to anyone who is causing trouble or being disruptive for as long as they want.

The manager apparently found the note to be “creepy.”

However, the 37-year-old man said that he is being discriminated against because of his age.

“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 web page dedicated to age gap love,” he wrote on Facebook.

He asked people on Facebook to contact Starbucks and to boycott the chain until he is welcomed back there.

However, many people complimented Starbucks on their Facebook page for supporting and protecting their employees.

“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,” a Starbucks spokesperson said.

Danica Hendricks wrote: “I have never been so proud to be a Starbucks customer! As a teen I had to deal with similar issues working in a restaurant as a hostess. It is an uncomfortable position, and no girl wants to be in it. Thank you so much for supporting your employees.”

Chloe Taylor wrote: “5 stars for protecting your employees! I can’t tell you, as a person stalked by a ‘challenged’ person, how strongly I feel about this, and how it made me weep at the company’s willingness to step in and protect! This man’s thinking is way out of line. A 16 year old is not an adult no matter what he thinks!