A nasty white woman repeatedly demanded that a landscaper, working for a city-owned housing complex in California, show her his “papers,” video shows.
The still-unidentified woman at first blew him a kiss while he continued doing his job. This happened on Wednesday at an affordable housing complex in Rancho Mirage, according to a 2-minute clip shot by Juan Carlos Andrade Mendez.
The woman was all smiles as she circled around Mendez and then started blocking his way, prompting the man to ask her to step aside as he shuts off his mower, video reveals.
“Can you move?” Mendez said. “I’m doing my work. Can you move?”
The landscaper additionally asks the woman to put on a face covering, saying she was standing “too close” to him amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“You’re not wearing a mask, can you step away?” Mendez asks.
“Can you show me your papers?” the woman asked before cutting him off after he asked if she an immigration official.
“No, no, I want to see your papers.” Okay, Karen.
The woman then walked away briefly earlier than returning and continuing to ask where the man was from.
“No, you’re not Mexican,” she told him after he made a joke about Mexico.
“What am I?” Mendez replies.
“I don’t know, you tell me,” the woman, said, who later surmises he may Filipino or Vietnamese.
“I’m Chinese, actually,” the man replies. “Oh my goodness, you’re funny. You just made my day.”
The vulgar Karen clip that went viral on social media ignited an investigation in Rancho Mirage was finished Sunday, reported the Desert Sun.
“It wasn’t very difficult,” city attorney Steve Quintanilla told the newspaper.
The investigation centered on city housing policy and whether or not any steps needed to be taken to forestall similar encounters from occurring, however, officials determined it was an isolated incident, Quintanilla said.
Nonetheless, property managers at the development – Parkview Villas on San Jacinto Drive – are conducting a separate investigation that could lead to the woman’s eviction, Quintanilla said.
“I can say action will be taken,” Quintanilla told the newspaper.
Quintanilla also refused to identify the woman. City officials have said, nevertheless, she was a resident of the complex for people 55 and over, the newspaper reports.
““This matter will not be ignored, nor tolerated,” Mayor Dana Hobart said in a statement. “It is appalling to learn of the hateful misconduct of one of Rancho Mirage’s senior living residents. Racist conduct if any sort is strictly prohibited and not taken lightly in our public housing.”
Mendez, in the meantime, said it wasn’t the first time the woman interrupted him while he was working. He revealed that he recorded the incident to show a property manager where he works twice a week.
Mendez told NBC Palm Springs the woman additionally told him to “go back to his country” as he worked there some months ago.
“Like any other complex, I was just doing the work for all of them, mowing the lawn,” he told the station. “I passed by her apartment and when I turned around to do the second round, that’s when I saw her standing … When she was harassing me, I started to feel mad because I was just doing my work.”
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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