No one likes pushy people. Then again, no one really likes when someone has status and it affects their response to people. So when a “Karen” and a United 1K member have a little non-verbal tête-à-tête, is there really a winner?
First, some background definitions…
Apologies to anyone reading this who is actually named Karen; I’m sure you’ve been wincing a little for the past few years. But “Karen,” as per Urban Dictionary, is “a mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman.” She’s the kind of person who’s not happy when little things don’t go her way, and she’ll be one of the first to say, “Can I speak to a manager?”
Also, “resting b*tch” face, as per Wikipedia, is, “is a facial expression that unintentionally appears as if a person is angry, annoyed, irritated, or contemptuous, particularly when the individual is relaxed, resting or not expressing any particular emotion.”
Anyway, a user on Reddit named u/BookwyrmsRN, a self-described United 1k member, recently wrote about an incident that (s)he had with someone (s)he described as a “Karen.” Entitled, “Current petty revenge in profess. The airport edition,” the post goes from an unfortunate encounter at the gate and ends with what the author called “revenge” at the end.
(Note: the post contains some adult language, especially in the comments, and may be considered NSFW)
The author obviously felt slighted when Karen arrived and bumped into him/her. After that, I’m not sure what part was worse:
- Karen’s responses (if they actually happened. I mean, we never did hear Karen’s side of the story. Heck, this is the internet, so I’ll also add, “If there even was a Karen”)
- The level of the author’s (I’ll give credit: self-admitted. I’ll also give judgment: unnecessary) pettiness
Frankly, I think both are pretty bad.
If you bump into a person, apologize.
If you’re the bumpee, let it go; things happen and the author had no idea what kind of day “Karen” had been having.
And if you have better status, I think a, “Oh yeah? Well, just you wait,” response to someone, even if they “done you wrong,” is equally inappropriate. I mean, you could almost see u/BookwyrmsRN’s self-satisfied smirk through all of this.
Being in an airport is stressful enough. If anything it should be THE place where you should try to remember your manners and be nice to people. It’ll make getting through a whole lot easier for everyone.
Who won the battle between “Karen” and the United 1K member? If you ask me, neither of them.
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