TikTok videos of a woman arguing with Lush employees over her mesh face mask are going viral, and the “Karen” is getting slammed in the comments.
The three-part TikTok series shows the woman trying to enter a Lush with a mesh face mask and employees attempting to reason with her. The employees politely explain to the woman they can't let her in the store with a mesh face mask. They even offered to ring her up outside the store so that she can still make her purchase.
The woman retorts by telling the employees they aren't following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. One of the employees explains that the store is following guidelines from both the CDC and Lush. "I'll wait here until you let me in, and I can shop," the woman says.
As the employees correctly explain, CDC guidelines encourage citizens to wear face masks that "completely cover your nose and mouth" and don't have "exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape."
Viewers, of course, are siding with the employees and are roasting "Karen" for her behavior.
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"If you're going through the trouble to put on a mesh mask, just wear a regular mask. Some people need to get a hobby and leave workers alone," one TikTok user said.
"When you think using the words 'CDC guidelines' somehow makes it that you are right and intelligently superior," another viewer commented.
Mesh and lace face masks have become popular among the anti-masker crowd. They are marketed as a stylish and breathable alternative to regular masks. And though sellers and proponents may claim mesh masks comply with CDC guidelines, they are not effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are not allowed by CDC guidelines.
Recently, Lana Del Rey was highly criticized for wearing a mesh face mask to greet fans at a book signing in Los Angeles. And the "Karen" at Lush is far from the only woman to get slammed online for wearing a mesh face mask. Plenty of videos and social media posts have been absolutely ratioed for "Karens'" inability to grasp the concept of a mask.