UPDATED 7/15, 10:25 a.m. ET: “Walmart Karen” is seen wearing a Kaiser Permanente shirt—a company that deems itself “one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans”—in the video, and the company has now responded.
“Thank you for sharing this,” reads its response to a tweet featuring a clip of the confrontation. “This video has been brought to our attention and we are actively investigating it. The conduct in this video does not in any way reflect the views or beliefs of Kaiser Permanente.”
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It seems Karens will never learn.
On Monday, California resident Ya’shear Bryant posted a Facebook video of an unfortunate interaction at a Moreno Valley Walmart. The footage begins with a visibly upset woman standing in the parking lot with her cellphone up to her ear. The beginning of their exchange was not caught on camera, but Bryant claims the woman falsely accused him of stealing her young child’s phone. Bryant said the woman was eyeing him in the store, right around the time her child’s phone had seemingly gone missing.
“I know I’m Black with tattoos, so she automatically assumes I have it,” he said in the video.
Bryant explained that the woman had tracked the phone and determined it was located in the parking lot next to his car. Bryant continued to tell the woman he did not have the device.
“She runs up to me and says, ‘Excuse me, you have my son’s phone?’ I pull my phone out, and tell her I do not. … The reason I’m not leaving is because I don’t have the phone. That’s why I’m not leaving.”