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‘You heard what I called you’: Karen refers to Puerto Rican woman as a ‘Damn Mexican’ at grocery store

She clarified why in follow-up clips.


Clara Wang


Posted on Oct 7, 2021   Updated on Apr 19, 2022, 6:59 am CDT

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.

Editor’s note: Due to a technical error, our original message to this TikToker may not have been delivered.

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*First Published: Oct 7, 2021, 12:51 pm CDT