The Starbucks story was bad, but that's just the beginning...
A 37-year-old Spokane man was banned from a local Starbucks in December of last year following an incident with a teenaged barista. Whether or not you heard about it at the time, you’ll want to hear about it now because this story has gotten crazier and crazier as time has passed. What many thought was just a one-off incident or an unfortunate misunderstanding has become so much more, and the Internet is really concerned.
The Starbucks Incident
Back in December 2016, a story was going around about a “Spokane area man’ who had been banned from a Starbucks following what he called a “clear case of ageism,” but what everyone else called “a 37-year-old man preying on a teenager in her place of work.”
According to an article from The Spokesman-Review, Lucas Werner was barred from the location after asking out a girl who appeared to be about 20 years younger than him via a note deemed “inappropriate” by the management.
Werner doesn’t seem to think that there was anything wrong with his note—in fact, he happily tells us what he wrote in the above video (his explanation begins at 1 minute 32 seconds). For those of you who don’t want to watch this video (which is understandable for so many reasons), he basically says that the note briefly explained the “scientific” basis of his research on telomeres and age, told the girl that their kids would be healthier than any she had with someone her own age, and respectfully asked her out to dinner…
I’m sorry. That actually is creepy and inappropriate as hell, but believe it or not it gets more sinister somehow.
At first, Werner was not identified in stories about the incident, which probably would have made him come out looking a lot better. The story likely would have disappeared over time and he might have even won his lawsuit. But then people found his YouTube videos and website about “age gap love” and the “science” of telomerase. It all paints the picture of an incredibly threatening and unhinged man who is in need of serious help—and the Internet is helplessly watching it happen.