A white woman who was refused service by a Black New York City bakery worker for not wearing a face mask was caught on video calling the employee a racial slur.
The woman, dubbed â€œKarenâ€Â â€• an insult for an entitled white woman â€• by viewers of the shocking clip, showed the woman arguing with the worker at Davidovich Bakery in the Essex Market on Sunday as she tried to order bagels.
A security guard can be seen warning the woman, who appears to have several children in tow, that the employee would not serve her, so she had to leave.
â€œWhy?â€ she sniped. â€œBecause heâ€™s a bitch-ass n***er?â€
As bystanders groaned in outrage and the security guard repeated demands that the woman leave, she doubled down.Â
â€œThatâ€™s what he is,â€ she said. â€œI can call him whatever I want.â€
Someone in the clip can be heard saying the woman claimed a medical problem. In an interview with the New York Daily News, the woman, who identified herself as Stephanie Denaro of Queens, griped that â€œtheyâ€™re forcing people in New York City to wear masks.â€
â€œItâ€™s political theater,â€ Denaro told the paper. â€œI donâ€™t believe in COVID-19. Itâ€™s a hoax to convince people to use absentee ballots to steal the election from Donald Trump.â€
Asked why she used the bigoted taunt, the woman replied: â€œAll of my children have a Black father. Thatâ€™s a term Iâ€™ve heard them use all my life.â€
A spokesperson for the Essex Market said the woman left after police were called, the New York Post reported. â€œHate has no place in our city or in the properties that we manage,â€ the spokesperson said.
The NYPD told HuffPost early Wednesday that no 911 or 311 calls were made from that location on Sunday.Â
Davidovich Bakery praised its worker. â€œWe want to commend our employee on his handling of the sad incident which occurred at the Essex Market,â€ the business wrote on Facebook. â€œAs is true with any family an attack on one member of the family is an attack on all of us.â€
Hereâ€™s a longer video of the incident with some dialogue bleeped out.
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