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Karen says she is “stereotyped” in Macy’s, causing confusion

A woman went viral on TikTok this week after making the confusing claim that she was stereotyped for shoplifting while waiting in line at the checkout.

The video, posted by user Ginger (@gingergarcia), shows a woman saying she was “absolutely appalled,” asking for a manager and making her now-viral claim that she just got “stereotyped for shoplifting.”

Ginger’s video currently has over 1.7 million views, and many commenters refer to her by the now-famous moniker “Karen.”

@gingergarcia I was so confused 😂 #fyp #ReadyForHell ♬ Original sound – Ginger Garcia

The video shows a woman standing in line at Macy’s.

“What is that?” asks the woman after directing an employee to call a manager.

“It’s called ‘understaffed,'” someone off-camera replies.

“No, that’s not called … lack of staff,” replies the woman.

When told to find another line, the woman claims she will before apparently realizing she’s being recorded.

“No, I don’t do that,” she says. “I just got stereotyped for shoplifting. I am sorry. Are you telling me I didn’t?”

Another person off-camera replies, “I highly doubt it.”

The woman then asks what the person in line is “doing,” to which she replies, “What do you mean? It is my turn.”

According to Ginger in the comments, there’s no follow-up video because “she basically left after talking to the manager for about 2 minutes.”

At first, commentators joked about the woman and her claims of being stereotypical for shoplifting.

“‘I just got stereotyped for shoplifting’ sent me,” wrote one user. “And then she asked them to agree with her, and everyone was silent. I laughed so hard.”

“She was going to do a scene about the line being too long…then she flipped the script that she was stereotyped for shoplifting because she was recorded,” another user surmised.

“I thought she was going to say she was stereotypical as Karen,” claimed a third.

While many laughed at the woman’s accusation, others speculated that she may have just misread Macy’s employees’ behavior.

“I used to walk all the time, but they follow you around and just stare at you when you’re shopping for clothes. I understand them,” said one user.

“I used to work at Macy’s and we were told to watch people or we’d get in trouble,” claimed another commenter.

Still, it seems, outbursts like this are common at both Macy’s and other customer service jobs.

“Personally I work at Macy’s and how many times a week does this happen,” said one commenter.

“I used to work at Macy’s and I confirm this would happen at least once per shift,” added a second.

The Daily Dot contacted Ginger via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: June 14, 2022 at 10:00 am CDT

Braden Bjella

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