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Sat Jul 24, 2021, 03:02 AM

An Army of MAGA Karens and Kevins Is Being Shitty for Sport

TRUMPY TANTRUMS EVERYWHERE



https://www.thedailybeast.com/an-army-of-maga-karens-and-kevins-is-being-shitty-for-sport?ref=home



America has done it again.

Rather than being discouraged by the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have dug in, held on, gritted our teeth, and against all the odds, somehow emerged from a year of unfathomable hardship into our bold new normal, where we somehow act like even bigger dickheads than we were before this all happened. This week I, like millions of people, watched a video of an unruly woman at an airport being told that she was not allowed to fly on that particular airline after refusing to wear a mask and calling one of the check-in agents a bitch. In the video, the woman pleads with a higher-ranking airline employee, who calmly explains that rude behavior isn’t tolerated on their airline, and if she’s looking for another travel option, he suggests Spirit Air. Burn. Although we didn’t see the behavior that led to the woman’s expulsion, it was a solid entry into the public Karen freakout video genre, because it featured a person who was clearly used to getting their way no matter how they acted running head on into a reality where they do suffer consequences as a result of their actions. The woman pleads, and is denied. She lies, expecting her word to be believed over that of the other party. She’s denied again. She does not get what she wants. She walks away, defeated. It’s like mainlining schadenfreude.

But for every Karen or Kevin who gets their just desserts, there are untold numbers of abusive customers, passengers, patrons, and shoppers who do get away with it, and the problem seems to be getting worse. Restaurant workers who returned to understaffed restaurants report that customer shitheadery is at an all-time high, from New York City to South Carolina to California to Massachusetts, where last week a restaurant closed down for a “day of kindness” after entitled customers abused employees to tears. Airline passengers throwing tantrums about wearing masks have led to grounded flights and emergency landings. (The uptick in ugly airline travel experiences inspired my husband and I to call an audible and drive from Los Angeles to a family reunion near Duluth, Minnesota rather than brave LAX. It took us three days. No regrets.) Predictions that the summer of 2021 would be both horny and chill have turned out to be sorely mistaken. Instead, all across the country, some Americans decided to get their pandemic ya-yas out by abusing the wait staff, flight attendants, bartenders, receptionists, baristas, nail technicians, cashiers… any worker whose job is to deal with customers, reset expectations, enforce rules.

In retrospect, we should have seen Summer 2021: Revenge of the Karen coming, as our former president has spent years modelling this exact behavior. Donald Trump’s presidency damaged our standing in the global community, our public health, our government, and our democracy, but he’s also done irreparable harm to the American personality, attracting people who were already kind of shitheads in the first place and encouraging them to give into their worst impulses and then cry and break things when they don’t get their way. Trump might not be in any of the public freakout Karen videos that matriculate from social media to national news, but he’s felt in each one, smiling down on the insufferable asshole throwing a fit. When I watch a video where a man is dragged off an airplane after refusing to wear a mask, I see a COVID-riddled President Trump ripping off his mask as he gasps for air on the steps of the White House after being released from Walter Reed. When I watch a diner screaming anti-Asian racial slurs at restaurant staff, I hear President Trump telling CBS News’ Weija Jiang to “ask China” about COVID-19. When a patron threatens to call ICE on a Texas restaurant because of its mask mandate, I hear Trump calling Mexican immigrants “rapists.” The woman from the airline counter denying over and over again that she called the employee a bitch is Trump tweeting “NO COLLUSION!” at all hours of the day, with no context.

When Donald Trump refused to concede the election after a clear Biden victory, an internet user whose identity has been lost in the whitewater rapids of memes we call culture photoshopped a stereotypical Karen hairstyle onto then-President Trump, alongside the words “I would like to speak to the polls manager.” It got made into tee shirts. The Jan. 6 Trump riot that claimed the lives of five people in the U.S. Capitol building was the ultimate Karen tantrum, a Transformers Combiner of Karens, the world’s most powerful Karen calling his army of Karens together, all of them demanding to speak to the manager and then, when their demands were not placated, trying to destroy reality rather than live in it. One would think that embarrassing behavior that leads to public shaming on a massive scale would be a deterrent, but Trump demonstrated to this country that being an insufferable prick is a great way to get one’s way. Once a person’s sense of entitlement grows larger than their ability to feel empathy, they also inoculate themselves against shame. And shameless jerks have almost unlimited capacity to ruin everybody else’s day. If you’re a jerk for long enough and you don’t care that everybody you’re dealing with thinks you’re a jerk, eventually the other party will get tired of dealing with you and give up. And you win.

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Reply An Army of MAGA Karens and Kevins Is Being Shitty for Sport (Original post)
Celerity Jul 24 OP
MustLoveBeagles Jul 24 #1
PSPS Jul 24 #2
SergeStorms Jul 24 #6
Celerity Jul 24 #8
SergeStorms Jul 24 #16
Murphyb849 Jul 24 #3
captain queeg Jul 24 #4
Sedona Jul 24 #9
Celerity Jul 24 #12
SergeStorms Jul 24 #17
Celerity Jul 24 #18
Celerity Jul 24 #19
SergeStorms Jul 24 #20
Celerity Jul 24 #21
monkeyman1 Jul 24 #5
2naSalit Jul 24 #7
YoshidaYui Jul 24 #10
Sherman A1 Jul 24 #11
NJCher Jul 24 #13
Hekate Jul 24 #14
Wounded Bear Jul 24 #15

Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 03:05 AM

1. K&R

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 03:08 AM

2. It's part of being in a cult. One willingly humiliates themselves for the approval of dear leader

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Response to PSPS (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 04:07 AM

6. And "Dear Leader" despises these people.

MF45 wouldn't piss on any one of them if they were on fire. They're just marks for the greatest grifter of all time.

He takes their money at every turn, knowing these low-life rubes would follow him anywhere. He uses them, abuses them, then just turns and walks away, leaving their bank accounts drained. "So long, suckers"!

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 05:15 AM

8. he knew it would work too, all he had to do was look at the RW televangelist cons

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Response to Celerity (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 06:40 PM

16. Who are some of his....

biggest supporters. MF45 is a born conman.

All MF45 has to do is be himself; a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, white supremacist, fascist, and his supporters will follow him anywhere, because that's who they are too.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 03:29 AM

3. Post Trump world. Will it ever end or go away?

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 03:36 AM

4. I have to ask, since I have no experience, is Spirit Airlines really shitty?

Based on reactions I would assume so, though I’ve never had the pleasure myself. I was looking for a flight recently and they had the best price, but I hesitated due to this incident.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 05:40 AM

9. OMG stay off Spirit!!! They're awful!

I flew them once. Never again.

I had the window seat, by choice, and a very stinky 40ish guy in the middle seat was drunk when he staggered on the plane. Spirit FA continued to serve him several Jack & Cokes as he pawed me (middle aged chubby lady) and eventually passed out and kept leaning/falling into my space.

He got up once to stagger the john and I quietly complained to FA who simply shrugged and continued the stream of Jack & Cokes until he passed out.

This went on for a six hour trip from South Florida to my home in LA after my father's funeral. Five years later I still clearly remember his stench. Longest flight of my life!

I could have easily Karened out on the guy, the airline, the flight attendant Jack Daniel's, but it made more sense to just quietly push Mr Jack and coke off me and onto the the poor dude in the isle seat.

Do not fly Spirit under any circumstances.

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Response to Sedona (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 06:11 AM

12. at least you did not have this fucker on the flight

Man wearing Burger King crown yells N-word on JetBlue flight

https://nypost.com/2020/10/23/man-wearing-burger-king-crown-yells-n-word-on-jetblue-flight/



A man in a paper Burger King crown hurled racist slurs at a fellow passenger on a New York-bound JetBlue flight, after accusing her of taking his seat and kneeing him in the stomach, videos show.The flight was on the ground in Kingston, Jamaica, preparing to leave for New York’s JFK Airport. The man — who has long blond locks and appears to be white — is seen raging at flight attendants with his mask below his chin, furiously repeating the assault allegation. In one clip, a woman filming tells him she kneed him “because you deserve it” — eliciting a passionate but ill-conceived defense from her alleged victim.

“Excuse me, I’m part-West African,” he screams.

“I can say n—-r anytime I want!”

The irate man continues to scream profanities as the plane of mostly black passengers goes into a frenzy.

“Kick that n—-r b—h off the plane!” he yells, with a smirk.

“She kneed me in the stomach!”

“I don’t care what she did. You’re being disrespectful. Shut the f–k up for just two seconds,” a fed-up flight attendant replies.

The in-flight fiasco then escalates as the man stands up and dumps water on the flight attendant while yelling, “I want a f–king lawsuit right now, motherf–ker!” Video of the aftermath of the man’s eruption shows multiple people running up the aisle to pounce on him, before being held back by flight crew and fellow fliers. The man continues to yell profanities — including the N-word — as he and the other passengers return to their seats.

Kingston police later removed the man from the flight in handcuffs, TMZ reported. JetBlue confirmed the incident, which occurred Tuesday on a plane bound for New York’s JFK Airport, the carrier said. The man has been banned from riding with the airline. “We have zero tolerance for racism or harassment, and after reviewing this customer’s abhorrent racist behavior, we have determined he is no longer welcome to fly JetBlue,” said spokesman Derek Dombrowski.


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Response to Celerity (Reply #12)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 06:53 PM

17. What a psycho.

The people on that flight, flight attendants included, gave that psychotic, racist moron many more chances than he deserved.

As an aside, the handcuffed person they took off the aircraft didn't look like the longhaired psycho doing all the screaming?

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #17)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 07:45 PM

18. same bloke, he just put up his long hair and tied it with his facemask, plus, same shirt and shorts














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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #17)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 08:07 PM

19. more info on that asshole, his name is Ryan Brewer, he is from MI & OH, and is schizophrenic

here is another video of him getting kicked off another flight

https://www.bitchute.com/video/Rtg94yoMKNL8/





his YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxFRGYe-3rSXpoGOkiNvMAQ/videos







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Response to Celerity (Reply #19)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 09:20 PM

20. The dude needs some help.

First, he should stop smoking pot. People with psychological problems shouldn't be doing that, but like most people with psychological problems, he probably doesn't think he has psychological problems.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #20)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 09:29 PM

21. he seems aware at times that he is bright but not shining, and yes, he deffo needs psych help

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 03:50 AM

5. age of computer's - no fly list, lot of folk,s might be taking alternate transportation!!

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 04:55 AM

7. K&R

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 05:47 AM

10. It's simple

Trump is an. asshole. His followers are encouraged to be. Assholes too.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 06:01 AM

11. Having worked Retail for 4+ decades I can safely say

This is nothing new to the folks who work in the sector. I saw a slow but steady increase in abuse over my time and suspect that while TFG had something to do with a increase what you are seeing is an increase in reporting courtesy of technology such as cell phones.

Customers are often pleasant or just trying to get in and get out, but the abusive behavior has always been there by those who consider themselves better than those who are working to serve them. I used to call it “kick the dog syndrome” in which the particular customer was pissed off about something in their lives and came into the store for whatever reason and took out their frustrations on the first employee available. Happened a lot.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 07:41 AM

13. This just makes me so sad

Life is so much less stressful by being civil. It can even be fun if you have some respect and empathy.

I know what Sherman is saying is true because I have had clients who were retail operations. At one of them, they had employee-led meetings where people could let off steam about some of the more unbearable people they had to endure. The stories I heard.

Someone would inevitably start the chant “retail is hell, retail is hell.” Then they would all go back to the frontlines to put up with more inconsiderate behavior.

I totally believe trump is responsible for a lot of the increase in this horrible behavior, though. We just didn’t need him exacerbating an already bad situation.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 10:52 AM

14. Ye gods: "when their demands were not placated, trying to destroy reality rather than live in it"

The Jan. 6 Trump riot that claimed the lives of five people in the U.S. Capitol building was the ultimate Karen tantrum, a Transformers Combiner of Karens, the world’s most powerful Karen calling his army of Karens together, all of them demanding to speak to the manager and then, when their demands were not placated, trying to destroy reality rather than live in it. One would think that embarrassing behavior that leads to public shaming on a massive scale would be a deterrent, but Trump demonstrated to this country that being an insufferable prick is a great way to get one’s way. Once a person’s sense of entitlement grows larger than their ability to feel empathy, they also inoculate themselves against shame. And shameless jerks have almost unlimited capacity to ruin everybody else’s day. If you’re a jerk for long enough and you don’t care that everybody you’re dealing with thinks you’re a jerk, eventually the other party will get tired of dealing with you and give up. And you win.

We cannot, must not, let them win.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 11:00 AM

15. K & R...nt

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