A group of women have been dubbed ‘a wild pack of Karens’ after they staged an anti-mask rally outside a California supermarket.
Video shared to social media on Saturday shows the small group of activists outside Mother’s Market & Kitchen in Costa Mesa, California after managers locked the doors to the store in order to keep them out.
The women became enraged by the fact that they were unable to shop without wearing face masks, with one even accusing Mother’s Market of committing ‘war crimes’.
The video begins with one woman standing at the closed doors of the store as she complains: ‘I don’t know what country I’m in. I thought I was in the United States!’
Another woman says the incident is ‘worse than communism’.
Several other anti-mask demonstrators can be seen in the background waving American flags, while one woman brandishes a sign that says mask-wearing is ‘child abuse’.
An anti-masker narrating the video states: ‘They [managers] have locked their doors. They are keeping customers hostage inside their store.’
‘People are being denied access to food!’ she then declares.
‘And water!’ another demonstrator can be heard chiming in.
‘The citizens of United States are being denied access to food. This is a war crime! This is crimes against humanity happening right now at Mother’s Market & Kitchen in Costa Mesa!’ the narrator continues.
The video ends with police arriving on the scene. The cops were presumably called by the store managers after the group refused to leave the outside of the supermarket.
The Orange County Register reports that two women were subsequently arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many stores have mandated that customers don a mask prior to entry. Experts say face coverings can significantly reduce the spread of the contagious virus, particularly in areas where people are unable to remain six feet apart.
The anti-mask demonstration outside the Mother’s Market & Kitchen came a day after California surpassed a staggering 600,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
On Twitter, the clip of the demonstration garnered thousands of views.
Many were left baffled by the fact the women were unwilling to wear masks inside stores, particularly as their state struggles to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
One user stated: ‘How do people like that think that their rights override the store’s rights? The store have the right to set their own rules.’
Another called the group a ‘pack of wild Karens’. ‘Karen’ has recently become used as a slang term for a white woman who is perceived to be entitled, demanding or racist.
It’s the latest in a series of videos showing citizens becoming irate inside grocery stores when asked by staffers to wear masks. Managers have been physically and verbally abused, while some shoppers have thrown products off the shelves in fits of rage.