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I tried not to be a Karen today.

Ima Teacher

Senior Member
Being retired and mostly a homebody has done nothing to improve my people skills. :o I really don’t get bent out of shape about most things, but when I do it seems like it’s an avalanche of annoyances.

First, we went to the movies. It was the 35th anniversary showing of Dirty Dancing. Someone was in the seats we purchased, so I had to refer to the seating chart and our tickets. The lady who moved had her phone ring twice during the show. A good chunk of the time she was scrolling FB. I knew this because she had the brightness WAY up. :cool: I very much enjoyed a sweaty, shirtless Patrick Swayze on the big screen, by the way. <!--giggle-->

Next stop, supper. Ordered two drinks with our food. They’re self serve. Everything is out. I go back to the counter to see if they could get us something from the drive through area. Nope. They’re out. Didn’t mention it. No sign. They just had tap water. I asked if they charged regular price for tap water. Nope. :confused: Didn’t we just pay $6 for drinks? Yes. :confused: Manager comes and refunds drink money. They bring food. “Who has the cheese pizza?” Neither. We both had pepperoni. “Oh, we didn’t have enough pepperoni ready.” :rolleyes: Just for fun, my cheese ravioli was completely cold in the center.

At that point I really didn’t have high hopes for grocery shopping. That went well, even though we had to substitute a lot of things due to bare shelves, piece together 18 eggs from the remaining 5 cartons of mangled eggs in the fridge, and bag our own groceries because the bagger had to step up and run a register because I’m guessing they’re short staffed?

I guess I wasn’t actually a Karen because I wasn’t loud or hateful to anyone. Everything just seemed like it was more difficult than it needed to be.
 
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tctrojan

Senior Member
Karen

That would be a series of being annoyed. I am impressed you were not snarky with anyone. The drinks would have been annoying.
 

Keltikmom

Senior Member
Not a Karen

Sheesh!! I would have lost it in the restaurant. And probably not gone grocery shopping. Your self restraint deserves a strong adult beverage.
 

Ruby tunes

Senior Member
Ima Teacher

You showed great restraint! The lady with the bright phone screen during a movie would have seriously annoyed me. And why on earth would someone be looking at FB when they could be watching Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing?!? That is one of my favorite movies. ;)
 

PoohBear

Senior Member
I’m sorry you had such a bad day and I know the term is not going away soon but maybe on this site we could avoid using the term Karen. I know there are members of this site with that name and while I know it’s not being used in a personal way it’s still uncomfortable to see.
 
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LaFish

Senior Member
Proud of you

I think I would have lost it. Yes, I agree everything seems so much more difficult.

I went to the self checkout at the store. A price for my filter was not the price that was on the shelf. Plus I knew it was $15 cheaper on Amazon. So I told the lady monitoring the checkouts that I wanted it to be removed from my list. She said that she could not do it. She explained that I had to ring it up and then go to customer service to get a refund. What! I left the filter at that register. No one was waiting to go to another register, so I simply picked up the rest of my order (5 items) and checked out at another register. As I turned to leave I saw that she was removing the filter from that register.
 

amiga13

Senior Member
I’m sorry for your troubles, but I do agree with Pooh about Karen:
I know there are members of this site with that name and while I know it’s not being used in a personal way it’s still uncomfortable to see.
 

Izzy23

Senior Member
I know the term is not going away soon but maybe on this site we could avoid using the term Karen.

I avoid using the term, if I can. Mostly because I'm annoyed there doesn't really seem to be a male equivalent. It seems sexist.

But I will note that last year I had a little girl named Karen in class. I was worried how she would react when people used the term, but she thought it was hilarious. She used it herself often and laughed every time. Such a healthy attitude about it!
 

Ima Teacher

Senior Member
Mostly because I'm annoyed there doesn't really seem to be a male equivalent.

Around here, the male equivalent is Chad. I find that extra funny because my EX was Chad. I know quite a few Karen, and it’s funny because none of them are anything like the stereotypical Karen.
 
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