“Over a dumbass motherf*****g mask … f****n dumb. I don’t give a f**k, I’m from Dallas. Your dumbass motherf*****g rules and your dumbass motherf*****g s**t. Put all that s**t the f**k back. I don’t give a f**k. I got a f*****g mask,” the woman can be heard saying in the video as she tosses items onto the floor of the supermarket.
The horrified murmurs of the woman filming can also be heard before another observer says “call the police” at the end of the footage.
TMZ reported that the incident appeared to occur inside a Fiesta Market in Dallas. According to TMZ, the woman was “asked to put her mask back on to check out.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Twitter Is Wondering if This Karen Is Staged
Some took to Twitter to suggest the impromptu tantrum could be staged. One user wrote, “This woman wants attention. She wants to be filmed. She wants us to feel outraged. But what she should get is a pair of handcuffs and a crowded cell with no mask.”
Another wrote, “She has a mask in hand, cart’s turned into express lane & she’s throwing mostly meat out of her cart because why? she can’t use express due to too many items? I think this is social media performance art.”
Other Twitter users pointed out that the shopper had no breakable items in her cart.
Another Twitter user points out that the unidentified woman has a mask in her hand as she throws the items down.
Baltimore Sun journalist Victoria Brownworth said of the incident: “She has a mask in her hand, but instead of wearing it, she is destroying store property, making a mess for staff to clean up and causing a disturbance where other customers could be injured. If a Black or brown woman acted out in this way, law enforcement would have been called.”
Others came out in support of the woman choosing to not wear a mask inside the store:
Another user who identified on Twitter as a “federal employee who puts their butt on the line daily to save yours,” commented on the video: “Wear a mask for a little bit to protect yourself and others or be put on a ventilator and hope you survive. To me it’s an easy decision. But I’ve put patients on vents before I don’t want to do that again. Here in DFW hospitals are filling fast that’s how bad it’s getting.”
A Similar Incident Occurred at Trader Joe’s on June 27
Rex Chapman, a former basketball star and now social media influencer, shared the Dallas video on June 28 and also shared video of a “California Karen” at the reopening of a North Hollywood Trader Joe’s on June 27.
In the video, the woman can be seen tossing a basket on the ground and yelling, “you f*****g pigs! You f****n Democratic pigs! All of you!” at shoppers.
As she moves to exit the store, she appears to realize she is being filmed, and looking directly into the camera, screams, “that man harassed me for no reason!”
There are two separate videos of the woman circulating. In a second video, the woman addresses the camera directly, saying, “I have a breathing problem. My doctor would not let me wear a mask. So anyone harassing me to wear a mask, you guys are violating Federal law. Do you get that? Get that on camera.”
One Twitter user said the woman had sought to cause a scene at the store.
Another user posted a “friend’s account” of the incident:
I was at the cash register when the s**t went down. She took her mask off after she entered the store, and walked around with a basket, but not putting anything into it. Instead she was roaming the aisles and getting up in people’s faces … waiting for someone to inevitably tell her to put her mask back on.
A manager was already on her way over to her … she demonstrated a level of professional patience and calm in attempting to de-escalate that was award-worthy.
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