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A man hit on a teen barista at Starbucks and claimed age discrimination when she said no


A Spokane, Washington man wrote a note to a barista at his local Starbucks, asking her on a date. He was 37. She was 16.

When the barista turned him down, he accused her of age discrimination, KREM reports. The TV station did not identify the man since he was not charged with a crime, but he posted on social media as Lucas Werner.  He was later banned from the Starbucks location.

His Facebook post on the subject went viral.

Here's a screengrab of the post that started it all.

The Starbucks location's Facebook page was flooded with praise for banning the man.

I did not ask her to have sex with me. I asked if she would like to have dinner sometime. Perfectly normal adult behavior.
Viral Facebook post tied to the man

The man insisted he did nothing wrong and "took a chance with my heart." He says he runs a website devoted to "age gap love." 

The age of consent in Washington is 16.

Was Starbucks' move legal?

A Starbucks spokesperson said the store had "no tolerance for any such inappropriate behavior or harassment." 

Spokane police said businesses had the legal right to ban anyone from the premises.

Did Starbucks go too far with the ban?

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