Anti-masker 'Bunnings Karen' debate goes viral
A woman refusing to wear a mask inside a Bunnings store has gone viral.
The anti-masker, now known as Karen from Bunnings, walked into a Bunnings store without a mask and was asked to put one on before proceeding.
“Well it’s clear I don’t and you are not authorised to ask me or question me about it,” she says in the self-filmed video.
The woman was asked if she wanted to speak to the manager, who tells her she needs a medical certificate if she wants to continue into the store.
“I actually don’t need a medical certificate,” she says.
“You’re discriminating against me.”
Then another staff member tells her the mask is a condition of entry.
“That’s discrimination and I can have you sued personally for discriminating against me as a woman,” she says.
“It’s an unlawful condition of entry, therefore that exposes you, personally and Bunnings to being sued for discrimination because it is in breach of the 1948 Charter of Human Rights to discriminate against men and women.”
Wait til this Karen finds out about 'no shoes, no shirt, no service'. pic.twitter.com/2dvLE90dOa— cam smith (@sexenheimer) July 25, 2020
The woman was asked to stop filming several times but she refused.
The woman’s actions and the resulting viral video comes as Victoria recorded one of its highest coronavirus cases on Sunday, with 459 people testing positive and 10 deaths.
Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Deb Poole described ‘Karen’s’ behaviour as “completely unacceptable” and said the safety of customers and staff was the chain’s highest priority.
“We won’t tolerate abuse against our team members and we have security at all metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire stores as support,” she said.
“Our team will also alert the police should they encounter any difficulties.”
Further videos show the woman arguing with police in the carpark after the incident in store.
On the same weekend, she entered an Australia Post office with the same argument and berated a staff member for trying to protect the community.