We’ve heard plenty of “Karen” stories of how they refused to wear a face mask when entering buildings or when they’re being very racist (in a foreign country) or just whenever they believe they’re in a position of power to get away with anything in general.
But it’s not everyday we get to see a male “Karen” in action. Just over the weekend (Saturday, 16th April), a Caucasian man was denied entry for refusing to wear a face mask at a Village Grocer in Ampang. Here’s the story:
Happened at Village Grocer M City Ampang! Men refuse to wear mask and cause a scene! 😷 pic.twitter.com/TFTicBPMQN
— hyoster (@Nandopaws) April 16, 2022
A video originally posted on TikTok by @jin_hong.page showed a white man throwing a tantrum at Village Grocer M City Ampang after the security guards asked him to put on a face mask before entering the premises. The man was seen shouting and cursing at the security guards.
While the original video is no longer available on TikTok, user @Nandopaws shared the video on Twitter which has gained 3.6k retweets, 947 quotes, 4.1k likes and 208 replies. The video showed the man entering Village Grocer where a staff member and a security guard calmly asked him to put on a face mask again.
“What are you gonna do?,” the man said and when the guards and staff didn’t reply, the man shouted “Exactly!” and gave them the finger before telling them to “f*** off”. Netizens replied to and quote the video on Twitter saying the man should obey the laws of the country he’s in.
@Nandopaws then shared a screenshot of an Insta story where the man DM-ed the original poster on Instagram to apologise for his action and asked them to remove the video. The man’s apology may have been too late as PDRM have been made aware of the situation and are currently investigating the incident.
He apologised pic.twitter.com/wJa9EBVeTh
— hyoster (@Nandopaws) April 17, 2022
In the official statement shared on their Facebook page, the authorities confirmed that they’re on the case while also reminding everyone to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and to also contact them should anyone have any useful information about the man or incident.
Update (Wednesday, 20th April):
The man in the video, identified to be Canadian, has now been arrested by local authorities yesterday (Tuesday, 19th April). According to Wangsa Maju district police chief Superintendent Ashari Abu Samah, the man has been brought in for questioning and is currently being investigated under 3 different charges.