- On Monday, Amber Lynn Gilles attempted to publicly shame a Starbucks worker for refusing to serve her without a mask
- Gilles attempt to shame the worker known as “Lenan” horribly backfired as thousands of Facebook users have descended upon her posts
- Pictures from Facebook and Instagram show Gilles wearing masks despite her claim in her initial post that she has a “medical exemption”
Social media has become an amazingly powerful tool to demand justice for social injustices. However, as Amber Lynn Gilles recently discovered, Internet justice does not always go as planned.
On Monday, Gilles took to social media after an incident at a Starbucks in San Diego. Gilles posted a picture of an employee named “Lenan” who allegedly refused to serve her because she was not wearing a mask. In possibly the most Karen moment of 2020, Gilles captioned the photo, “Meet lenan from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I’m not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption.”
The post has been shared over 40,000 times since yesterday and received over 117,000 comments. With no surprise, the overwhelming majority of comments are not in Gilles’ favor. What is surprising is that Gilles has not shutoff comments despite the negative response. In fact, Gilles has even doubled down with mask misinformation in her comments.
Gilles posted a screenshot with no caption. The image shows a staph infection around someone’s mouth. A message underneath claims the infection came from a mask. “Alright I’m done with the dr. I have a Staphylococcus from wearing my mask. I’m in strong antibiotics. Better that than catching the virus,” the message in the screenshot reads.
The screenshot appears to go directly against Infection Control Today which claims face masks “appear to provide important protection against drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from hog farm workers and for household members to whom they might otherwise transmit the bacteria.” The claim comes from a December 2018 study led by scientists at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, but what do those guys really know when compared to a meme found on social media.
In her next comment, Gilles posts a genuine picture that has been taken out of context. Gilles posted an image of a box of masks with a warning about COVID-19. “Masks are stupid and so are the people wearing them,” Gilles wrote.
The box warns that these earloop masks will not protect you from getting COVID-19, which is true. What people are not understanding is this style mask is used to try and help slow the spread, which health experts refer to as “source control.” Wearing the earloop mask is most beneficial to the people around you by reducing the spread of germs. It is not meant to be as efficient in protecting yourself from COVID-19 as an N95 mask, which filters aerosol particles as small as 0.3 microns.
While Gilles continued to spread other nonsensical memes she has discovered on social media, some users found her Instagram. From one of her posts on Instagram, it would appear Gilles can indeed wear masks, despite her claims of needing a “medical exception” in her post. It appears that Gilles possibly changed her Instagram account settings to private since going viral.
Others pointed out one of her featured images where Gilles is seen sporting an Anonymous mask. Apparently her medical exception only prevents her from wearing a mask for short periods inside Starbucks.
Gilles later made another post after the complete failed attempt at shaming a Starbucks worker doing his job. “I am not scarred or bothered by your ignorant fraud ass’s, not so sorry you losers got nothing better to do. thanks for the ratings you all act like the terrorist organization you are,” Gilles wrote.
It is not exactly clear what “ratings” Gilles was thanking Facebook users for. Most would agree that being known as one of the greatest Karens of 2020 is hardly something to celebrate over. The response from social media users to Gilles’ failed attempt at shaming Lenan is a great read if you are needing to kill some time.