A California business owner contacted the Globe late last week with a stunning story she wanted shared, because her story is the story of thousands of business owners throughout the state, suffering under Gov. Newsom’s lockdown, and the uprising coalition of “Karens.”
The rise of the eternally pissed off busybodies known as “Karens,” has gained surprising standing in cancel-culture America. Besides being shrieking mask-shamers, “Karens” use their new-found power to shut down local businesses, and cancel people they don’t approve of on social media. “Karen” is obnoxious, angry, and entitled, and uses her privilege to get her way or police other people’s behaviors Dictionary.com says. One outgrowth of this obnoxious behavior is the phrase, “Calm down, Karen.”
After breaking up an altercation between a crazy homeless guy and a customer in front of her store on her way in to work one recent day, she said her day only got stranger. “That was just another day in retail, these days,” she said.
She went back in to the store and was straightening products on shelves when a customer walked up behind her and said, “I’m sorry to have to ask you this, but are you happy with what is going on in D.C. now?”
The store owner said she recognized the woman as a customer, but had never had a conversation with her.
“What?” she asked, saying she was glad she had her mask on.
“Are you happy with what is going on in Washington D.C. now?” the customer asked again. “I need to know because I need to decide if I’m going to shop here anymore.”
After a moment of stunned silence, the business owner said she turned the question on the customer. “No, but are you happy with what is going on in Washington D.C. now?” she asked.
The customer said, “Oh good. Now I can continue to shop here,” assuming they were on the same page.
The business owner said she was dismayed. But because one neighborhood busybody “Karen” could really harm her business, she bit her tongue. She said she is worried that she could end up with protesters at her door seeking to destroy her business.
However, the business owner decided to explain herself.
“But I’m not happy with Madison, Kenosha, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland and Sacramento protests,” she added. “My family and I have served this community for decades, and never asked a business owner a question like this,” she said.
The business owner said the “Karen” wasn’t listening any longer, having received the answer she wanted.
This incident isn’t so far fetched as many business owners and their businesses have been targeted by people unhappy with their politics. This business owner said she has a “no-politics” policy in the store, even when customers initiate a political discussion.
It’s a shame she couldn’t have said, “Calm down, Karen.”