A 37-year-old man was banned from a Spokane Starbucks for asking a teenage barista out to dinner.(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 1:00 PM
A 37-year-old Washington man intent on dating much younger women was banned from a local Starbucks after asking a teenage barista on a date.
Lucas Werner took to Facebook — where he often promotes his belief that younger women and older men produce healthier babies — to blast the Spokane Starbucks for “age discrimination.”
“A barista said I was funny and that she liked me, so I politely thanked her, sat down to drink my hot chocolate, wrote her a nice note, so as not to interrupt her work schedule asking her out to dinner if she was interested and walked out,” Werner wrote in the social media post which has been shared nearly 5,000 times.
But when he returned to the coffee shop the next day, he said a police officer informed him he was banned from the downtown Starbucks because his note was “creepy.”
Werner continued on to say Starbucks requires their workers be at least 16, which is also the legal age of consent in Washington.
“I did not ask her to have sex with me. I asked if she would like to have dinner sometime. Perfectly normal adult behavior,” he wrote. “I figure, if she was 16 and flirtatious it would still be legal to ask her dinner.”
Starbucks, for its part, defended its decision to boot and bar Werner from the store.
“We have no tolerance for any such inappropriate behavior or harassment,” a spokesperson told K5, “and we will continue to support our store partners and local authorities in investigating the situation.”
In social media posts following the incident, Werner continued to defend his desires to date significantly younger women and promoted his website, “Conversation Our Age.”
The site features a series of links to scientific articles and blog posts explaining that older fathers have the ability to conceive genetically healthier babies.
Werner, a self-described “scientist without a degree in science,” also implores younger women to date him on the “Conversation” website.
“Attrited Millennial Hearts, I am not you. I am Generation X, but a simple K-selective diploid mammal of the species homo sapiens,” Werner wrote. “As such, we partner best as males of my age with young adult females. We are not creepy. We are no different than the apple tree, the salmon, the primate.”Send a Letter to the Editor
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