A new “Karen” is going viral for threatening to sue a dental office after being asked to wear a face mask and have her temperature checked.
TikTok user DaniSmiles posted the encounter to her account Wednesday with the caption, “Not my office but GOOD LORD. #Karen.” The video shows an unidentified woman refusing to wear a mask in the waiting room of what appears to be a dentist’s office.
Dubbed “Dentist Karen,” the blonde woman declares, “You’re going to work on my teeth, not my nose. I don’t wear masks getting my teeth cleaned.”
When the front-office staff explained that masks are required in the waiting room in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the woman insinuated she would use her hand to cover her mouth.
Staff at the unknown office then asked if they could take the woman’s temperature, to which she threatened to sue for harassment.
“You can’t take my temperature that’s against the law!” the woman shouted back. “I have the right to sue you for harassing me!”
“Dentist Karen” said she confirmed with her attorney prior to her visit that dentists can not legally take her temperature because they are not MDs.
The clip has since gone viral on TikTok, boasting more than 380,000 likes, and Twitter. It was posted to Twitter on Thursday morning by @davenewworld_2 and has since amassed more than 270,000 views.
You can watch the full video below:
Woman refuses to wear a mask at the dentist & says it’s against the law to take her temperature because she “talked to her attorney” before she came pic.twitter.com/K6zNr8zz8g
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 9, 2020
TikTok user Danismiles has not provided any further information about the incident.
Many Took to Twitter to Criticize the Woman’s Ignorance
Users flooded the platform Thursday morning with a wave of criticism following the emergence of “Dentist Karen’s” video.
Some commented on the woman’s privilege, while others pointed out that it is in fact legal for the dentist to deny her over its face mask policies.
Really, Karen, you stopped by your attorney’s office before going to the dentist because you wanted to make sure you didn’t have to wear a mask?
Stop throwing tantrums and put on your fucking masks.
— ?? ? #NoMoreNames (@koveredincake) July 9, 2020
Last I checked a dentist is a private establishment and can require certain things prior to entering or being serviced there. Go clean your own teeth Karen
— вℓα¢к мєтα gяєтα тнє 3я∂ (@roastingpiggies) July 9, 2020
TMZ also reported on the video, warning other “Karens” via a PSA that “you most certainly CAN be legally refused service for not wearing a face mask inside a private business.”
A plethora of other “Karen videos” have taken over the internet recently, many involving allegations of racism. “Costco Karen” went viral earlier this week after refusing to wear and throwing a tantrum on the floor.
The term “Karen” emerged as an insult for “white women being immortalized on the viral videos in which they are unwittingly starring,” Newsone writes.
As Coronavirus Cases Soar, Some States are Requiring Face Masks in Public
The viral video emerged at a time when U.S. COVID-19 cases are continuing to skyrocket. More than 3,071,600 people have been infected and at least 132,200 have died, according to a New York Times database.
In an effort to curb the spread, states like New York, California, Delaware and New Jersey have announced statewide mask requirements, USA Today reported.
NorthJersey.com disclosed Wednesday that New Jersey is now requiring face masks to be worn while in groups outdoors.
The executive order also changed outdoor dining rules, allowing restaurants with the ability to open 50% percent of their wall space to the outdoors to open, the outlet added.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order effective April 17 requiring the use of face masks when in a public place and when unable to maintain social distance, USA Today explained.
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