(KGTV/CNN/Meredith) - A California woman said she deserves half of the $100,000 raised for a Starbucks barista who refused to serve her because she would not wear a face mask.
Amber Lynn Gilles posted a picture of the barista to Facebook last month to complain about her experience at the San Diego location.
"Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask," the post read. "Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption."
The complaint sparked a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised $105,445 in virtual "tips" for the barista, whose actual name is Lenin Gutierrez. The 24-year-old said he plans to use that money to further his education and follow his dreams of dancing.
In a recent interview with KGTV, Gilles said she wants half of the money donated to Gutierrez.
“It was discrimination, and everybody is okay with it and enabling and rewarding that behavior,” she said.
Gilles said she was experiencing symptoms that prevented her from wearing a mask.
“I get shortness of breath, dizziness and it messes with the heartbeat. And I do have asthma as well, and I do get mask-acne,” she said. “So there are several things going on. Not only that, but it doesn’t even work.”
She provided the news outlet with two documents that she said proves her medical exemption from the face-covering mandate.
One document included the results from a 2015 pelvic exam, which listed “probable exophytic fibroid arising from the anterior wall of the uterus measuring 2.9 cm size” and “a simple 2.5 cm left ovarian cyst.”
The other paper was a handwritten note with a letterhead from a San Diego chiropractor who she asked not to be named.
It reads: “Amber has underlying breath conditions that prevent her from wearing a mask or any type of facial covering whatsoever. Please contact me if have any questions.”
Gutierrez told CNN that before he could even show her the company guidelines requiring customers to wear a mask, Gilles flipped him off and "started cursing up a storm."
When asked if she wanted to issue an apology to the public or Gutierrez, Gilles said, “No absolutely not.”
“I feel like I need the apology," she added. "I’ve been discriminated against. I’m the one who’s sick.”
She said she has reached out to lawyers about pursuing a case. However, she said the legal fees would be too expensive, so she launched a donation page.