As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States, one local restaurant manager has called for permanent social distancing.
Not for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, though, but for anyone who tests positive as a “Karen”, a term for overbearing female customers.
Harold Gold, a restauranteur with Denny’s in Selma, North Carolina, told reporters Monday that Karen was a larger threat to his business than COVID-19.
“You know the kind of person I’m talking about,” Gold explained. “Karen, that ‘live, laugh, love’ chick who always wants to speak to the damn manager about something.”
“Especially with the rise of this Coronavirus, we’ve stayed open for to-go orders, and Karens still want to barge in and complain.”
“I think we need permanent social distancing for all the Karens out there,” Gold said, “even after this pandemic passes.”
Not all Karens agreed with the idea, however.
Karen Crowder, of Smithfield, said she thought the idea unfairly targeted women who just want to express their concerns in general.
“It’s absolutely wrong,” Crowder said. “In my entire life, I have only asked to speak to the manager, oh, I don’t know, 16 times.”
“Just because my name is Karen doesn’t mean I’m actually a ‘Karen’. There are a lot of Karens out there who are way more Karen than I am.”
“Mr. Gold should be ashamed of himself. As a matter of fact, I’d like to speak to his manager about this.”