LANCASTER (CBSLA) — Police asked for the public’s help Friday to identify a man they say punched a barista over what may have been a dispute over the chain’s face mask policy.
The assault happened at a Starbucks on West Avenue I in Lancaster. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man punched a barista when employees asked him to put on a mask as he entered the coffee shop.
Sources later told CBSLA the incident may have involved the theft of a tip jar, but authorities could not immediately confirm that.
Sheriff’s officials said they also wanted to speak to a second man who was with the suspect.