A Starbucks employee kept her cool when she was on the receiving end of an anti-mask, anti-Black Lives Matter tirade from a Donald Trump supporter in the US state of California.
Alex Beckom, 19, was verbally attacked by a female customer on Sunday when she asked her to keep her face mask on when speaking with employees at the Santee store in San Diego.
“I asked [the customer] to keep her mask on and she actually did comply then took it back off and this happened,” Ms Beckom said in a Facebook post, sharing footage of the video.
“I won’t listen to you when you talk to me like that,” a woman with her mask lowered says in the video.
“You’re discriminating against me because I’m a Trump supporter.
“F*** Black Lives Matter.”
She goes on to say: “It’s a hoax, I don’t have to wear a mask, I’m not going to wear a mask. This is America and I don’t have to do what you say. Trump 2020.”
Ms Beckom calmly obliges to the customer’s requests for a straw and sugar before the woman storms out the store, kicking the door open in the process.
She pops her head back in one more time, again shouting: “F*** Black Lives Matter.”
Ms Beckom said being “black in America” meant she had encountered similar incidents in her life, which allowed her to remain calm.
She said she wanted the video to raise awareness that wearing a mask is not political, but about respect to people around you.
A Starbucks spokesperson praised Ms Beckom’s “tremendous composure” during the incident and said such behaviour from the customer was not welcome in a statement to US news outlet NBC San Diego.
Ms Beckom told NBC San Diego the customer, who she branded a “Karen”, was no longer welcome in store.
She has since set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her college books and equipment while sharing the remainder with her colleagues.
“Every barista faces these situations, luckily mine was caught on video so I want to share the money with my co-workers,” she wrote.
“Thank you ALL for the kind words and support and I appreciate you all.”
The video was originally posted on Twitter by John David Glaude.
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