September 16, 2021
A woman has been labeled a Karen online after a video of her calling 911 on a barber for giving her son a bad haircut went viral on TikTok.
A barber took to TikTok to share a video showing how a woman caused a ruckus in his shop for cutting her son's hair too short. The altercation ended with the white woman calling the cops on him.
The incident was recorded in a video that has since gone viral. The clip showed the woman standing in front of a Massachusetts barbershop, the Boneheads Barbershop, making a phone call.
As the door to the barbershop opened, a man's voice sounded in the background, calling attention to the woman who was seemingly wasting his day.
The woman looked in the direction of the camera with an angry expression on her face. Speaking to the receiver, she said, "he's right here," before proceeding to inform the man behind the camera that she was calling 911.
The woman then held up her phone's screen in front of the camera to reveal her dial screen, clearly showing she had called the emergency line.
Returning to her call, the woman notified the police that the man was threatening her and making videos of her. She then demanded harshly for the cops to ask her "supposed" assailant to get away from her face.
After saying that, she gingerly walked away from the barbershop towards an awaiting vehicle. All the while, the man's voice kept sounding behind the camera, calling her a "whack job." He broke into scornful laughter as she walked away.
Taking to his caption, the barber, who goes by @robiethebonehead on TikTok, claimed the woman showed up at his shop to confront him because she was displeased by her 17-year-old son's haircut.
He also accused her of being a Karen, an informal term referring to white women who feel entitled beyond the ordinary and often abused their white privileges. The caption read:
"Mom #Karen called 911 on me because I cut her son’s hair too short. #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #trending #viral #barber #911 #call #police #haircut."
The video has since garnered tons of likes and comments, with most TikTokers agreeing with the barber's definition of the angry mom as a Karen.
In a follow-up video, the barber explained that the woman showed up at his shop about twenty minutes after giving her teenage son a haircut.
According to @robbiethbonehead, the youngster dictated his preferred style to him, even insisting on using the No. 2 clipper on specific portions of the hair.
The teenager was reportedly impressed with the result and even tipped the barber. No one expected the mom to show up minutes later to threaten the barbershop with a lawsuit.
Many netizens have bashed the "Karen" online, with most pointing out that calling the emergency line over something as trivial as a haircut was inappropriate. One wrote: "What did she think the cops were gonna do? Glue them back on?"
Some insisted the woman and others like her should be jailed for such misuse of the emergency system. A comment read:
"Smh. I hope she's fined for wasting people's time. It's literally hair at the end of the day. It'll grow back. If the service was bad, write a review."
Others pointed out that the woman's attitude was common among Karens, who often used the approach as a means of jumping payments. He wrote: "Karens always trying to get a free cut. So similar just the other day. Karen got her discount."
"Is this abuse of 911? Yeah. Is she a Karen? Yeah. Was this the right way to handle it? Nooo."
Another agreed that the barber handled the matter wrongly, saying: "Why should you engage in the matter this way? [You're] on the same level as her."
However, the poster did not exactly welcome the criticisms, making it clear to the commenters that he never sought their approval.
August 26, 2021