Video of Starbucks Worker Saving Woman from Male Harasser Watched Over 1.6 Million Times

A viral TikTok video showing a woman being saved from a male harasser by a Starbucks coffeehouse employee has gotten over 1.6 million views on TikTok.

The video was posted by a user named @greenybeany420 and its events occurred in an Orem, Utah Starbucks, she said. The video begins with a man's voice inaudibly talking to a woman as she nervously drinks and looks away. The on-screen text reads, "*man won't leave me alone*".

"Just advertising," the woman uncomfortably replies. Then, a female barista walks up and refills her drink, saying, "There's that for you."

"Thank you so much," the woman responds.

The barista stays near the woman and then asks, "You doing okay?"

"Yeah," the woman sighs. "I'm about to head out, actually." The on-screen text reads, "*me: anxious af*". AF is an abbreviation for "as f*ck", slang that signifies an extreme emotion.

The barista responds, "Okay." Then, alluding to the man, she asks in a lower voice, "Is it because of him?"

"Yeah," the woman replies. "It's okay."

The barista then says, "Okay. I'm sorry. Let me know if you have any other questions. Want me to refill your water bottle?" The on-screen text reads, "(staying with me)".

The woman responds, "I think I'm good, I'm pretty much done."

@greenybeany420

what a great way to respond in this situation. thank u starbucks baristas !! felt much safer bc of you guys.

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In the video's second part, the woman speaks directly into the camera while seated inside her car. She talks quickly and admits that she still feels anxious from the encounter.

She says that she was working alone when the man sat beside her. She made it "super obvious I do not want to talk" by mentioning her husband six times and by telling the man that she was working on "something very time-sensitive" and that she didn't have time to chat.

The barista apparently came over once before @greenybeany420 started recording. The employee leaned over and whispered to the woman, "We've been having an issue with this man. If he makes you uncomfortable, let us know."

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A viral TikTok video shows a woman being saved from a male harasser by a Starbucks employee. In this photo, a woman drinks from a coffee mug in a Starbucks store in central London on April 25, 2006 in London, England. Daniel Berehulak/Getty

However, when the man continued talking, the woman began recording.

"The amount of times that I've been in a coffee shop and have felt harassed, and you're just alone, and you don't know what to do, and you don't know what to say, but you also have work, too.... It was just so comforting that she was there," the woman says inside her car.

After the woman packed up her stuff to leave, she noticed all the coffeehouse employees talking behind the counter, discussing how to deal with the man. They then told her, "You can stay. We're actually going to remove him because this isn't the first time that he has harassed a customer." The employees added that the man had also harassed baristas.

The woman told the workers "I'm just gonna head out. I'm really anxious. I'm feeling very panicky. I'd rather go have a panic attack in my car alone in safety rather than in public in a coffee shop." She also gave the employees a "huge thank you" for being a great example of how to deal with customers.

"They were just so observant," the woman said. "They were just immediately there and helpful, and I'm just grateful for that."

The woman then concluded the video by noting nothing else bad occurred. The man was removed, and police arrived at the Starbucks location just as her video ends.

Some TikTok commenters criticized the woman for not standing up for herself. Others mentioned that some men become physically violent or threatening in other ways when women call them out on bad behavior.

In a follow-up video, the woman explained that she didn't simply "cuss him out or say 'eff off'" because she has "horrible anxiety."

"My heart was beating so fast, and I was so flustered and my face was so red that if," she trails off. "If you have the courage to do that, hell yeah."

She also said she intends on leaving the coffeehouse staff a good review. Other TikTok commenters encouraged people to buy the staff lunch or give them massive tips. Some female commenters shared their stories of being harassed by men in public, often with no one stepping in to help them.

A 2000 national survey from Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates found that 87 percent of American women between the ages of 18 and 64 had been harassed by a male stranger. Over half had experienced "extreme" harassment including touching, physical intimidation or being followed by a strange man on the street.

A 2014 survey from the firm GfK found that 65 percent of all women had experienced street harassment, defined as people talking to, following or physically intimidating them while outdoors. A 2011 Gallup poll showed that 45 percent of women said they do not feel safe walking alone at night.

Newsweek contacted Starbucks for comment.