The internet has seen its fair share of videos featuring anti-mask “Karens” getting kicked out of stores by employees for disregarding coronavirus safety measures, but what people online probably haven’t yet seen is a store employee taking the anti-masker’s side. That’s what apparently happens when Karen is the employee.
A USPS located in Florida was put on blast by a customer after an employee kicked her out when she advocated for face mask enforcement. A viral video of the incident was posted to TikTok by user @auriculatagolden, the customer. In it, the customer approaches the worker and says, “First of all, that man should be wearing a mask.” She is referring to a customer who is speaking with other employees, sans mask.
“We’re not the police. And in Martin County, the mask lift (sic), or the thing, has been lifted,” the employee says, seemingly referring to the county’s mask mandate. According to TCPalm, the county repealed its mask mandate on Oct. 13 and rolled out an “indefinite mask recommendation” instead. TCPalm further reports the mandate was controversial among residents, with county commissioners receiving complaints for months.
“Ma’am, you can leave,” the employee, who is improperly wearing her mask under her nose, tells the customer. “Have a nice day. You’re being very rude. That is rude.”
“That’s rude—that he can spread coronavirus to everybody else?” the customer says. “You don’t give a shit about people dying. I’m sure you’re a Trump voter. Adios b*tch.”
Viewers are surprised to see the employee take the anti-masker’s side and are calling her a Karen. “IVE NEVER SEEN A WORKER TAKE THE SIDE OF A PERSON WHO WAS NOT WEARING A MASK,” one of the top comments on the video reads, with another saying, “A Karen working for the USPS.”
In a follow-up video, @auriculatagolden posted the USPS location’s contact information. “She should be reprimanded NOT fired. Let’s be kind but it’s not right that she can put lives at risk,” the user wrote of the employee.
The Daily Dot has reached out to USPS.