A woman argues with two restaurant employees.


‘I don’t get paid enough to be here’: Waitress dealing with anti-mask ‘Karen’ quits on the spot

It's a service worker's dream.


Siobhan Ball


Published Apr 5, 2021   Updated Apr 7, 2021, 11:54 am CDT

A video that surfaced on Reddit on Monday shows a “Karen” refusing wear a mask for fear of smudging her lipstick. The video’s surprise ending had viewers living vicariously through the waitress.

Deciding that she’s not being paid enough to deal with anti-maskers, the waitress flings off her cap and apron and quits her job on the spot.

In the video, the customer repeatedly insists that because she and her male companion (who is wearing a mask) are only walking five feet into the restaurant, she doesn’t need to wear a mask.

“I don’t understand,” the woman says as the waitress explains that a mask is required to walk inside the restaurant. “I just put my lipstick on.”

The waitress doesn’t budge, however, eventually bringing over her manager as the customer continues to insist she doesn’t need a mask.

User avatar level 1 the_stooge_nugget 6 hours ago · edited 5 hours ago Why is it hard for people to put on a fucken mask. It won't fucken kill you.   26   Reply Give Award Share Report Save User avatar level 2 brownsfan760 5 hours ago Because some people love to mistake inconvenience for oppression.

As the manager intervenes, the customer says she is “breathing” and that no one’s getting sick. (The coronavirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

The waitress suddenly raises her voice to say, “It’s people like you that make it difficult for having a job.”

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“I don’t get paid enough to be here,” she says while ripping off her black apron and cap. “And it’s not fair because it’s not even my fault.”

As she walks heads toward the door, she adds, “I quit. I’m sorry. Thank you, thanks a lot.”

User avatar level 1 se7enc just now I would love if a restaurant had an employee fake quit every time this happens for real. Just come strolling back in 15 min later and finishing your shift.

After pushing the waitress right over the edge, the customer then pulls a mask from her pocket.

“Fine, fine, I’ll wear a mask. Are you happy now?” she says as she puts it on.

pommybear 6 hours ago The fact she has one in her fucking pocket anyway. She knew she would need it. Just being a dick for no reason at all. 31 Reply Give Award Share Report Save User avatar level 2 Forsaken_Jelly 5 hours ago Worse, she was holding it while arguing about not wearing it. It's right there in her hand and she's drawn a pathetic line in the sand over lipstick.
Thrashstronaut 6 hours ago If it takes someone quitting their low paid job for you to do something that simple you are part of the problem, not the solution.

Some redditors commented that the video could have been staged. But many people took the video at face value knowing that many anti-maskers really have thrown fits in public.

User avatar level 1 Love_the_Earth 2 hours ago All of y’all saying it’s fake, yeah it probably is. BUT there are many people out there who act exactly like this. The point is, don’t be a total asshole. Especially over something so easy and that keeps other people safe.

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*First Published: Apr 5, 2021, 6:03 pm CDT