Rude 'Karen' Mistakes Customer for Employee and Gets Served Nothing but Honesty | 22 Words

As good as the Karen memes are, they've been getting rather controversial lately.

But as one Reddit thread proves, the stereotype exists for a reason ...

Safe to say, this Reddit user's story gained a huge reaction...

Keep scrolling to read the full thing for yourself...

So what exactly is a Karen?


Well, the ever-so-accurate Urban Dictionary describes a Karen as a "mother of three. Blonde. Owns a Volvo. Annoying as hell. Wears acrylics 24/7. Currently at your workplace speaking to your manager."

A Karen has a certain type of look...


It really is the most stereotypical meme out there.

Many people have now been identified as a Karen...

And it has become a painfully hilarious joke over the last few years.

Some of the memes are comedy gold...

For those of you who aren't up to date with the current internet memes, the name "Karen" has become associated with a certain type of middle-aged white woman who’s likely to throw a fit if she doesn’t get her own way.

And thanks to the internet...


We can now spot a Karen asking for the manager a mile off!

But with the internet being the internet...


All good memes will eventually cause some offense, and it seems that Karens themselves aren't at all impressed.

It didn't take long for people to start criticizing the meme...

Including British journalist Julie Bindel, who asked her Twitter followers: "Does anyone else think the ‘Karen’ slur is woman-hating and based on class prejudice?"

In spite of the controversy, though, the Karen stories keep rolling in.

And one Karen story has the internet laughing this week.

Reddit user Wiggle_it_loose shared their hilarious tale this week.

"I'm telling you about one event but I must have a 'retail' face because I'm approached so often. I wear a suit at work. When I call in at any shop on the way home I leave my jacket in the car so I'm just wearing a shirt and tie. I couldn't tell you how many times people assume I am staff."

"If they're civil, I'm civil.
If they're struggling, I'm helpful.
If they're rude, I have fun."

"The reason I remember this one is because I've said all of these things separately before but this was the first time I got them all squeezed into one single interaction. It just went so perfectly. It will never happen again."

"I had called in to a large supermarket to pick up birthday candles."

"I first saw the woman being very rude to another customer for no apparent reason...She was just impatient and the other customer wasn't moving fast enough for her liking so she was insulting her. She definitely ranked above a**hole so let's call her Douchebagette or DB for short."

"As she turned I saw the "rocket lock" in her eyes as she spotted me. She galumphed her way over. I decided to enjoy it and settled on being deadpan literal as a plan. I looked away."

"DB: Excuse me!!

Me: Why, what have you done?

DB: What?!

She paused for a second looking like a dog that had been shown a card trick. Then angrily asked:-

DB: Can you help me?

Me: I couldn't possibly know. I don't know what you want.

She makes a Tucker Carlson face."

​"DB: Where do you keep your eyelash curlers?

Me: I don't keep them anywhere.

DB: Yes, you do. I've seen them before.

Me: I'm certain I don't. I've never owned any. My eyelashes manage to bend all on their own. I'm more than happy with the bendiness of my eyelashes.

DB: Huh? What? No, idiot, I mean the shop. Where in the shop are the eyelash curlers?

Me: I haven't got a clue.

DB: Why not?

Me: I refer you to my previous answer. I never use them.

DB: Aargh! Are you trying to be stupid?

Me: No, it's effortless.

DB: This is insane! Are you going to find out where the eyelash curlers are, or would you prefer that I speak to your manager?

Me: I'd say neither but if I had to choose I'd go for option (b)"

"DB: What?? You want me to speak to your manager?

Me: No.

She shakes her head in angry confusion and says:-

DB: You just said you did.

Me: No I didn't. You asked me which I'd prefer. If I was offered a rectal exam or a slap in the face I don't want either but I'd prefer the second to the first. See how it works? (This is a phrase I use with my wife when she gives me bad alternatives.)

She stood in silence for a few seconds with her mouth open and the deepest frown. She then built up to a shout with:-


Me: I completely agree.

DB: WHERE is your manager?

Me: I'm not exactly sure but my guess would be at home with his family.

DB: AAARGH! You're being STUPID! Who supervises YOU here in this store RIGHT NOW?

She actually stamped her foot twice when she shouted 'right now.'

Me: Nobody.

DB: What? Why not?

Me: Because I don't need to be supervised. I haven't needed supervision in a shop since I was about 9 years old.


"I could see that her shouting had attracted a member of management. She was approaching quickly."

"The manager arrived just as Douchebagette shouted into my face


Manager to DB: Madam, please lower your voice and stop swearing. There are children in the store.

Manager to me: What's happening Sir?

Me: I'm not really sure. This woman was being rude to another customer then she approached me and started to interrogate me about my personal grooming habits. She wasn't happy with my answers and started to spit shout at me.


Manager: Whether he was an employee or not you can't talk like that. You can't abuse customers and we have a strict policy about abuse towards staff. We don't tolerate it.


She was interrupted by the manager.

Manager: Please. stop. shouting!

The manager pressed transmit on her radio and said:-

Manager: Security, urgent, code 4, aisle 14.

Manager to me: Are you OK Sir?

Me: Yes I'm fine I just needed birthday candles. Could you tell me where they are?


Manager to DB: Stop. Shouting. Stop. Swearing. If I have to warn you again you will have to leave the store.

Manager to me: They're on aisle 22.

Me: OK. Thank you."

"I started to walk away. Meanwhile, DB was still shouting. 2 security staff turned the corner and passed me on their way to DB."

"I was wishing so hard for her to look left and see me but she didn't. If she had shouted at me, regardless of what she said, I was going to raise my little box of candles and say 'yes thanks, I found them.'

"The whole thing was so funny. I almost broke and nearly started laughing when she stamped her foot in time with 'right now.'

"I've been mistaken for staff dozens of times but I've never had it go so perfectly. Probably never will. Don't expect a sequel."

Well, this is certainly one of the funniest Karen stories we've heard. Scroll on for more...