She refused to wear one citing a medical condition and then threatened the store with a lawsuit.
Many Americans are using the excuse of 'freedom' to unnecessarily fight against COVID-19 regulations and risk the health of others. Selfishly, these 'covidiots' and Karens of the world are threatening people with lawsuits, criticizing them, and videotaping them for just doing their job. One such Karen was a Californian woman who accused grocery workers of not letting her in without a mark. According to the Daily Mail, she refused to wear a mask on the grounds of a medical condition. Shelley Lewis began arguing with the manager of the Gelson's Market branch in Orange County saying her shopping was 'private' when he offered to help buy her groceries since she couldn't come in without a mask.
Claiming to be a victim, this is how her conversation with the staff went. "I have a medical condition that I'm not allowed to wear a mask," she said. "Can we shop for you?" The man named Ben asked her, to which she replied, "I have private things that I want to get that maybe I don't want you to see." She then accused the manager of 'discriminating' against her after he refused to let her in the store without a mask. She then threatened him with a lawsuit. "Well you guys are going to get a lawsuit because you can't discriminate," she said.
The manager replied, "I'm trying to help you but I'm not going to argue with you." "How's that helping me?' she retorted. She was also shocked by the idea of handing him her 'private credit card' to take into the store to process.
Karen gets upset that a store won't let her shop without a protective facemask. She then tried to pretend like she's the victim, despite the store giving her options. This is pure arrogance. https://t.co/qgFLhKjgxd #COVIDIDIOTS #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/OXV4EQLOgD— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 17, 2020
Later, she sees the first grocery worker she talked to as he wipes down shopping trolleys outside the store while dancing to music. She tells him that he appears "chipper" He coolly replied that he is happy to have a job. "I'm a bartender and I wouldn't have a job were it not for Gelson's" he said. "I'm glad you guys think it's OK to infringe on people's rights here," the woman said dramatically. The video ends after store manager Ben hands her a business card for her to call the corporate office. For those still unclear as to what a Karen is, the New York Post explains that a woman "who demands to speak to the manager when you feel you’ve been wronged? You just might be a 'Karen.'"
Lewis's social media profile states that she is a 'flat earther' and 'vegan chef' and is listed as a speaker at the 2019 Flat Earth International Conference. Uhm. OKAY.
In her profile on the site, it says she "served in the Army for 5 years where she jumped out of airplanes and became a paratrooper." She said she was honorably discharged due to a medical condition. Lewis may have tried to play the role of the victim in this scenario with her mystery medical condition but the real heroes in the video are the cool, calm store manager and the upbeat employee dancing while he disinfected the grocery carts. Nothing like a whiney Karen getting a good old dose of a grocery store working, doing his job, protecting people all the while entertaining himself and others in the face of ignorance masked as victimization. You go, dude! Here's what people on Twitter had to say to the story:
Dear Ms. Shelly Lewis who shops at Gelson's in Dana Point, California.— 🏰⛈Lady of Storm's End⛈🏰 (@firebrand3) May 17, 2020
You're an idiot and nobody wants to expose themselves of their loved ones to your idiocy.
Wear a fucking mask.
The problem with these Karens, even before and beyond this pandemic, are that they often call the police on innocent black dudes and get them shot and killed while pretending to be the victims.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 17, 2020
Bravo @gelsonsmarkets!— Partisan Rock 🇺🇸🌊 (@DemocracyNow76) May 17, 2020
Kill them with kindness!
Corporate, your staff is top notch and the rest of the country could learn quite a bit from this encounter.
The customer is not always right...
Thank you for protecting your community and NOT backing down to selfish Shelly Lewis.
Gelsons - awesome 👏 job! Thank you! 👇 pic.twitter.com/83Hiv9Vzxi— Lordy... Wash Your Hands (@JBPNW9) May 18, 2020
Stay home and have your groceries delivered.— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) May 17, 2020
Her PRIVATE credit card!— Katharine La Ronde (@KatLaRonde) May 17, 2020
I'm pretty sure Shelly Lewis from Dana Point is going to Gelsons to buy some bleach to drink and is too embarrassed to admit it.— patriautism (@patriautism) May 17, 2020
The real hero in all this? Former-bartender-dancing-disinfectant guy.— M K RAY (@mkray22) May 17, 2020
Apparently Shelly Lewis has nothing better to do and decided harassing essential workers was her calling. The guy prepping the buggies while getting his boogie on is my total hero in all of this!! Ppl need 2 be more like boogie man! Shelly is a flat-earther & a dumbass! pic.twitter.com/oUjB2GNwvD— PINKS (@mo04528689) May 18, 2020