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White customer berates Black Starbucks barista over face mask in viral video

By Andrew Dyer, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SANTEE, Calif. - A San Diego-area Starbucks customer who is White loudly berated a barista and shouted an obscenity Sunday after the barista, who is Black, asked her to wear her mask on her face. The encounter went viral on social media Monday and is on the barista's GoFundMe page.

In the video the barista, Alex Beckom, 19, is serving a female customer who had a Trump 2020 mask on her chin but not on her face. The video shows the woman, who is unidentified, saying to Beckom that the barista is discriminating against her "because I'm a Trump supporter."

"F--- Black Lives Matter," the woman says.

The woman then asks for a straw and sugar packets, which Beckom cheerfully hands her and the woman thanks her.

When Beckom again asks the woman to keep her mask on the next time she comes to the store, the woman again becomes agitated, saying wearing a mask is "not the law" and that COVID-19 is "a hoax."

"This is America and I don't have to do what you say," the woman says as she's leaving. "Trump 2020."


The barista tells her to have a nice day.

After she leaves, she stops, turns around, and comes back into the Starbucks.

"F--- Black Lives Matter," she says again before finally leaving.

In a follow-up video on TikTok, Beckom says she's a college student working her way through school and that she set up a GoFundMe to help her and her Starbucks co-workers.


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