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A 37-year-old man has thrown a social media tantrum after being banned from a Starbucks in Spokane, Washington for hitting on a teenaged barista. Or, as the man interprets it, he is being "discriminated" against because of his age, CBS affiliate KREM reports.

If you weren't sure if he was a creep before, now you are.

The man, named Lucas Werner, complained in a Facebook post that he was banned from the Starbucks after he "innocently" asked the barista out to dinner. This could be a typical annoying but harmless interaction for the barista, except that she is 16 and he is 37.

This is one of the creepiest defenses for being a creep I've ever heard:

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For those who would like to call them to complain about age difference discrimination on my behalf. In brief, a barista...

Posted by Lucas Werner on Thursday, December 22, 2016

"I figure, if she was 16 and flirtatious it would still be legal to ask her to dinner," he wrote in the post, which has gone viral. "You can't even work at Starbucks unless you're 16, which is the legal age to date people. This is a clear case of age discrimination. Feel free to call them to complain on my behalf."

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It looks like his plan backfired.

Instead of complaining, people went on the Starbucks' Yelp and Facebook pages and wrote a bunch of supportive reviews, commending them for banning the creep.

"The old guy with a inferiority complex is gross and creepy," wrote one person. "Clearly if the girl complained she felt uncomfortable. She is 16, the mental difference between 16 and 37 is gigantic."

Many more five-star reviews like these have poured in:

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It also turns out this guy, who says on Facebook that he lives in a nearby homeless shelter, has a history of being a creep.

Werner runs a website called Conversation Our Age, which is basically just a note from him begging millennial women to date him. On his Facebook page he promotes the "scientific" belief that younger women should procreate with older men, with posts like this:

I've never dated younger women. I want to try that. The youngest women. There's nothing wrong with that. However, go on...

Posted by Lucas Werner on Friday, December 23, 2016

And this:

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I haven't had a girlfriend in 5 years. I've never dated a younger woman in my life. I've been trying to date younger...

Posted by Lucas Werner on Friday, December 9, 2016

Spokane Police said any business has a right to refuse service to anyone for as long as they choose. And despite the man's claims of ageism, Starbucks is sticking to their guns. “We have no tolerance for any such inappropriate behavior or harassment, and we will continue to support our store partners and local authorities investigating the situation," said a spokesperson.

Now you have an excuse to go support Starbucks for taking a stand against creeps. Unless you're a creep in which case, stay home.

Sources: CBS News