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Starbucks barista hailed for keeping calm during wild rant by anti-masker


A Starbucks barista is going viral for keeping her cool when a California customer went on a wild rant after being asked to wear her mask — even randomly screaming “f–k Black Lives Matter” at the black teen.

Alex Beckom, 19, said she asked the customer to wear a face covering in the java joint in suburban San Diego on Sunday when the woman in a cropped blue top and black shorts started ranting about staff “discriminating against” her.

“F–k Black Lives Matter. I need a straw,” the enraged customer barks at the teen barista, who is black. Beckom then politely hands her utensils and some sugar.

In an apologetic tone, Beckom then tells the customer, who had a mask around her chin but not covering her face, that “the next time you come in I need you to put your mask on” — further enraging the anti-masker.

“No, it’s not a law — it’s not a law! And I can show you the penal code and everything. It’s a hoax!” the customer yells as she starts walking away.

“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!” the customer screams.

With a loud “f–k you,” the angry anti-masker finally leaves — just to come straight back in for one last shot, again yelling, “F–k Black Lives Matter!”

Another customer immediately sympathizes with Beckom — who was quickly hailed on social media for keeping her cool.

“Mad props to the barista tho. I woulda knocked the lady flat out,” one woman named Gabby wrote on Twitter, while another, named Sara, wrote, “Damn @Starbucks give this woman a raise!!!”

A Starbucks barista is going viral for keeping her cool when a California customer went on a wild rant after being asked to wear her mask.
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The video also pleased the most important person, Beckom said in a later update — her manager, who was “happy that I managed the situation with poise and maturity,” she said.

“Why didn’t I just punch the lady? Because I like my job, and I want to keep my job,” Beckom said with a smile.

Starbucks told NBC San Diego that the customer’s behavior “is not welcome in our stores.”

“Our focus right now is providing support to our partner who demonstrated tremendous composure during a very difficult interaction,” the coffee giant said.



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