A 37-year-old Washington man is accusing his local Spokane Starbucks of ageism after they reportedly banned him for hitting on a 16-year-old barista.
According to KREM, Lucas Werner was banned from Starbucks after he gave an underage barista a note asking her out for dinner. In a Facebook post on one of Werner’s two accounts on Dec. 20, Werner claims he left a note reading, “Blonde with the red lipstick who thinks I’m funny, Are you hitting on me? I can only presume.”
After leaving the note, Werner said he then went to the library to “work” (which he placed in quotation marks).
On Dec. 22, Werner posted that when he returned to Starbucks, “a Spokane Police Officer said the note was creepy, which it wasn't, and asked me to not return because I was being banned. We already know this is because the barista was young and legal aged and I'm 37.”
“I did not ask her to have sex with me. I asked if she would like to have dinner sometime. Perfectly normal adult behavior. I figure, if she was 16 and flirtatious it would still be legal to ask her to dinner,” Werner continued, before instructing people to complain to Starbucks on his behalf.
KREM reports Werner also referenced his website dedicated to “age gap love” when defending himself.
Werner does, in fact, have an entire website dedicated to why men should date young women (specifically those born in the 1990s).
Throughout his Facebook pages, Werner accuses people who don't accept his “age gap love” theory of being “hateful” and “ageist and against truth like Republicans.”
He has said he wants to date young women because they’re “very liberal and intelligent” and “not racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.”
A Starbucks spokesperson defended the Spokane location’s decision to ban Werner, stating, “We have no tolerance for any such inappropriate behavior or harassment, and we will continue to support our store partners and local authorities investigating the situation.”
Spokane police defended the decision to ban Werner, claiming businesses have a right to refuse service for any reason.