A barista is facing a possible assault charge after he allegedly sprayed whipped cream on a customer at a Starbucks drive-thru, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said.
Justin Vazquez, 23, of Victorville, was arrested during his shift at the Starbucks in Adelanto near the intersection of Highway 395 and Palmdale Road on July 14.
A woman told deputies that she was going through the drive-thru to get her family drinks and that Vazquez, who was taking her order, was being condescending and sarcastic because she did not know the exact names of the drinks.
The customer stated that after she paid for the drinks, Vazquez scolded her about the names “for future reference.” According to a sheriff’s report, she told Vazquez that it would not be necessary to learn the names because she would never return to the location. He replied that “he didn’t need people like her coming here to Starbucks,” according to the woman.
Vazquez told deputies that the woman became angry and used a gay slur directed at him.
Witnesses told deputies that Vazquez grabbed a whipped cream gun and squirted whipped cream all over the woman’s face and the inside her car.
The sheriff’s report stated the victim’s face, shoulder and the side of her car were covered in whipped cream. Deputies arrived and later arrested the barista, who admitted to squirting the whipped cream because, he said, the victim was rude and called him a malicious name.
The woman signed a citizen’s arrest form and Vazquez was booked into the Victor Valley jail on suspicion of assault, Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman Staci Johnson said.
Vazquez was cited and released awaiting a preliminary court date of Nov. 18 while the case was submitted to the District Attorney’s office for review, Johnson said. Court records showed no charges filed against Vazquez as of Friday afternoon.