A racist Karen calls Puerto Rican TikToker @samanthaleearriaga a “damn Mexican” in a viral, new grocery store video.
The video, captioned “This is still going on in 2021,” amassed over 299,000 views and 19,000 likes since posting three days ago.
A text overlay states, “Encountering a racist Karen in Gaffney, South Carolina.”
The 23-second video shows @samanthaleearriaga pushing a grocery cart and turning around to ask a lady behind her, “What did you call me?”
“You heard what I called you,” the lady’s voice responds.
“What did you say?” @sanamanthaleearriaga repeatedly asks until the lady finally repeats what she said.
“I don’t have to repeat it twice… I called you a damn Mexican.”
In two further videos posted yesterday and today respectively, @samanthaleearriaga clarifies that the lady had been yelling at her for putting rice water (which is a non-refrigerated product) back on the shelf rather than in the refrigerator.
Some of the 1,068 commenters thought @samanthaleearriaga was being too sensitive.
“Stop starting shit then using the race card,” said @kevinramey1.
“Who started what?!,” responded @samanthaleearriaga.
Others came to her defense and noted how common racism is in the South.
“I work at WALMART in Georgia and hear racist things from customers every day,” said @taylorashlyn02.
“They act like that in Columbia, SC too,” said @bg_foreign.
The Daily Dot reached out to @samanthaleearriaga for comment.