A San Diego-based barista speaks when he appears in a viral video calmly serving a customer screaming about coronavirus mask rules and the Black Lives Matter.
Video of the incident Saturday at a Starbucks in Santee, about 18 miles northeast of San Diego, shows a customer on the bench with a mask pulled under her chin.
When the video starts, the woman appears to be in the middle of a sentence and speaks calmly to barista Alex Beckom, who is Black. “When you talk to me like that, I know that because you discriminate against me because I’m a Trump supporter,” he said. “F — Black Lives Matter. I need a straw.”
Beckom, 19, gives her a straw: “Here you are.”
“Thank you,” says the customer. “And I also need sugar, please, raw sugar, like, two packs, please.”
As Beckom picks up sugar packets for the customer, she says, “The next time you go in, you have to keep a mask.”
“It’s not a law,” says the customer, her voice growing louder.
“It’s a joke, I don’t have to wear a mask, I’m not going to wear a mask,” he shouts. “This is America. I do not need to do what you say! Trump 2020!”
“You have to leave, thank you,” Beckom said.
The woman starts walking out of the store, but turns and shouts behind the slightly open door: “F — Black Lives Matter!”
NBC News does not know what happened before the events shown in the video.
NBC San Diego reported that the client allegedly pulled her mask to speak to another barista.
Beckom told the station that when she asked the woman to keep the mask in the store, she complied at first but then took it off once more.
“I’m black in America, so I’ve dealt with this kind of situation in the past, so I’m able to stay calm and collect in this kind of situation because I do not want to risk my job,” he said.
“Even the president got it [Covid-19]”I do not understand how it is now something that has turned into such a situation or to me, when everyone should come together to make sure that we do not all get sick or injured,” Beckom said.
In a statement, a Starbucks spokesman said, “This behavior is not welcome in our stores.
“Our focus right now is to provide support to our partner who has shown tremendous composure in a very difficult interaction.”