'Karen' refuses to move car from reserved spot as she 'can't see' sign, tells security she may have Covid-19
A middle-aged White woman, dubbed as "Toronto Karen" was slammed online after she was filmed berating a person who asked her to move her vehicle because it was parked in a spot reserved for electric vehicles.
In a video posted on Reddit, the Karen – a term popularly used to describe women who are perceived as entitled and demanding beyond what is deemed reasonable – can be seen angrily confronting the person filming her and sarcastically exclaiming, "Oh, please!"
She mockingly slaps her hand against her butt and complains about Instagram before getting into her Hyundai Elantra, which had been parked in a spot reserved for Tesla electric vehicles. She was blocking a charging station.
After a few seconds in the car, she comes out with her phone and starts recording the scene herself. When two security guards walk towards her to question her, she defends herself and claims she was waiting for somebody at the mall across the street who was very sick.
"I’m waiting for someone who has been in a bike accident who is at the optometrist. Okay?" she can be heard saying. "He’s in bad shape. I personally may have Covid-19. I have a brother dying of Alzheimer’s. I do not need this stress. I’m parking here because nobody’s here." She then turns her attention to the person filming her and quips, "I have to do my videos" before seemingly mocking the younger generation for lacking morals.
"You're disgusting and I’m so sick of these young people that think they’re all that,” she says. "There you go, sweetheart. Let’s test you. My goodness, nothing better to do with your time because this is what your generation does. You go on Grindr and do hook-ups. For shame."
"You show every part of your body, have no self-respect. Oh my goodness, none whatsoever," she adds, as the other person stars giggling.
The video then cuts to the Karen arguing with the security guard near the charging station, which has a board that states the parking spot is reserved for electric vehicles only. "He (the person filming her) tries to come and tell me what I can do," she says. "He's not my boss."
When the security guard brings her attention to the sign, she claims she can't see. "I can't see. I can't see," she says angrily. You need to make it bigger, bigger."
The video of the incident, which unfolded at the Sherway Gardens in Toronto, quickly went viral, with many slamming her for her behavior.
"She may possibly have covid and she’s talking to the police face to face while calling someone else disgusting," one user wrote.
"Seems like Karens like telling people what to do but absolutely hate it when others do the same to them," another commented.
Teslarati reported that the woman parking in the spot was in violation of Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Charging Act of 2019, which states that "No person shall park a vehicle in an electric vehicle charging station that is identified by a sign that satisfies the prescribed requirements unless the vehicle is an electric vehicle and the vehicle is attached to the station’s charging equipment."