Wow… there are so many disturbing angles to this story.
On December 22, a 37-year-old man named Lucas Werner was banned from a Washington area Starbucks for hitting on an underage barista. Lucas was handed down the ban after he gave the teen a love note inviting her to a "romantic dinner".
He said he was "flirted with" by the 16-year-old but the next time he came in after handing her his "nice note," he was confronted by a Spokane Police Officer who told him he wasn't allowed in after his "creepy" note.
He also commented he knew her age but that it was the legal age of consent in Washington. He even posted a link to the law! Gross!
Luckily for the young employee, the store acted swiftly on the issue and a spokesperson for the company told local news station KREM there's no tolerance for this kind of behavior, explaining:
"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."
Despite the chain's admirable move, Werner is NOT happy with the decision and has taken to Facebookto express his frustration at what he calls "ageism":
"I merely took a chance with my heart. I'm tired of hearing the word 'creep' as any black person or gay person is tired of hearing certain words."
The rant follows numerous messages from Lucas detailing his desire to date "women born in the 1990s". The man even has an entire website dedicated to proving why older men should "mate" with younger women.
Read the controversial guy's tirade on the ban and why he "broke no law" (below):
To make matters even more creepy, Lucas believes his haters and the millennial girls who turn down his advances are "bigots".
Obviously, Mr. Werner is clearly not in a good place as one of his recent Facebook posts described how he "wants to die" because he hasn't had a girlfriend for "five years". It's totally possible Lucas hasn't had a relationship in so long due to his mission to date a "woman under twenty-six".
Either way, frequent customers of the scandalized store have applauded the ban… check out some of their praise (below):
Well, it looks like Starbucks did the right thing here! All we can hope is that Lucas gets the help he clearly needs.