SPOKANE, WA – A 37-year-old man is complaining about ageism after he was banned from a local Starbucks for asking a teenager out on a date.
The unidentified man has not been charged with a crime, but was banned when he asked a 16-year-old barista out to dinner. The man slipped the girl a note after she apparently laughed at his jokes, which he took to be flirting. But the next day when he arrived at the coffee shop, a police officer was waiting for him.
From CBS News:
“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.
“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.”
Facebook users have been applauding the decision of the local shop, writing:
“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 no girl want to be put in. Thank you so much for supporting your employees.”