Joanns Karen TikTok video


Video: ‘Joann’s Karen’ goes on anti-mask rant in fabric store

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Edward Medeles


Posted on Jan 18, 2021

In a viral TikTok uploaded last week, a woman dubbed a “Karen” is heard yelling profanity at an employee after she was asked to wear a mask inside a Joann’s Fabric and Craft store in California.

The caption from @the4wrights reads: “January 20th can’t come soon enough!!” The date likely refers to the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

The uploader also commented that the screaming woman was “mad because they asked her to put a mask on…..” 

The video shows an area of the store away from the so-called “Karen” but near enough to parts of the woman’s violent rant are audible.

“Your entire building is fired,” the woman yells at one point. “Sex-trafficking, piece of shit, heroine-junkie.” 

The voice of what is presumably a store employee can also be heard using a softer tone to try and calm the woman down. The person recording walks around the store, showing uncomfortable guests. One customer casually browsing through calendars while the store is otherwise filled with the anti-mask woman’s screams. 

Toward the end of the video, another store employee can be heard welcoming guests to the store and apologizing. “The employee saying ‘I’m so sorry about this.’ PLEASE give them a raise. A cake. Something,” one TikTok commenter said. 

As some commenters pointed out, the irony is that even while shopping for fabric, the tantrum-throwing “Karen” couldn’t be bothered to put a few inches of cloth over her face.

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*First Published: Jan 18, 2021, 8:00 pm CST