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Anti-masker 'Bunnings Karen' debate goes viral

anti-masker being arrested

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.”

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.

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This obnoxious bully's over-reactive and nonsensical rant regarding compliance with a simple and reasonable request from calm and professional Bunnings staff members, makes you wonder how such a person  would handle being faced with a significant personal crisis in her own life...

Bed pan duty in the ICU section of a Covid ward might be an appropriately grounding experience  for this bullying attention seeking drama queen!

Unbelievable behavior from this and so many other utter uncaring full of their self-importance scum-- there should be a fine or such punishment -- these workers anywhere should NOT have to put up with this rot!

Australia, espcially Melboune and Sydney now have very serious problems with the spread of the virus.

People like this woman just show their ignorance and selfishness, and show they have no concern for the safety and well being of others. The sad result of what's happened in Melbourne with quarantine in hotels, then 9 housing towers and more being put under total lockdown should be enough evidence for anybody to realize we all need to work togther and wear masks to help to stop the spread of the virus. 

I wonder how she would react if a person with a serious cough was to cough all over her and her kids and parents and then the cougher said I'm positive for the Covid 19 virus but it's my human right to do whatever I please.

Bottom line, it appears that stores have every right by law to makes rules/conditions of entry to their shops and police have every right and duty to arrest and fine people behaving like this. 

I hope the police start arresting people and make these 'karens' behave themselves and respect the community and I hope the gov't increases the fine, say $1,000. 

It is self righteous people like this who are a risk to the whole community. It is all about them and the devil take everybody else. Lets hope that the police are given the teeth to take suitable action aganist people like that.

I bet she was a bloody spoilt brat as a child. Needs a good hiding .

I agree with all the above comments by Shetso1, PlanB, Al, Tanker, Casey: I've bought a mask to wear when shopping even though I live in Qld. and only go out when necessary.

 

Karen from Bunnings: customer unmasked in Facebook video

Source: The Australian

 

After being almost arrested and put in handcuffs, she eventually showed the police a medical certificate that she was exempt from wearing a mask and they let her go.

Personally, I would have fined her anyway for wasting valuable police time and for not showing Bunnings staff the medical certificate in the first place. At least, she's (in)famous now!!

 

 

Salus populi suprema lex esto, (the wellfare of the people shall be the supreme law.) I would not be suprised if she is a member of the anti-vax brigade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well she could have told that she was allowed to not wear the mask -- instead of carrying on like a lunatic,  I think she just wanted her name in the paper or on TV

Complete and utter ratbag.. needs to keep up her meds and seek professional mental illness support..

She wanted her 5 minutes of fame on social media which has backfired. As Daniel Andrews said, 10 families buried their loved ones on the same day. Completely selfish behaviour which also includes all those choosing to hold protest marches (regardless of the cause) during a pandemic 

Ditto to all of the above comments.  Apparently she doesn't care about her fellow human beings.  

Everyone has the right to be stupid...but some people abuse the privilege!

Amen to that Zeus....I wish they would round up all the conspiracy theorists and say 'guess what, you were right, the government's out to get you'   then incarcerate them to prove their theory. Some people should never breed.

Bunnings is private property they can sue her for trespass. She doesnt have the rights she thinks she has. Strange world we live in, entiled generation.

Another Idiot at work

Another anti-masker has confronted Bunnings staff over the mandatory use of face masks in Melbourne.

For the second time in as many days, a customer at the hardware giant has shared footage of herself not wearing a mask in-store.

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/bunnings-customer-confronts-staff-over-face-mask-rule-for-second-time-in-as-many-days-c-1195299

put her to work in the CORONUS I.C.U.

keep her away from health workers, they may just forget their calling and strangle the moron. My daughter is an ICU nurse wearing full face and body protection for 12.5 hours a day and she has been for weeks with no respite in sight. She comes home after each shift despondent that the Karens of the world are adding to her burden by not following simple and sensible rules. Hospital staff are doing it tough enough physically and mentally without without having to watch selfish rsoles who think it's all a joke.

Why do people have to be so bloody minded? as if the Bunnings staff don't have a hard

enough job!  I have a hard time with those who refuse to socially distance, but I would not abuse them.  I just stick my arms out parallel with my shoulders, and say "Excuse me, coming through!" I will wear a mask if I have to.  It also works to keep people away as they don't know if I have the virus or the flu.........

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