In a viral video, TikToker Ashley (@ashandthenley) filmed and shared an interaction with a so-called “Karen” at a bank drive-thru in Vero Beach, Florida. Viewers, however, are divided on the extent to which Karen’s behavior, used on people who have public and often racist confrontations that go viral online, is outdated.

The video began when the Karen got out of her car and walked towards Ashley’s car, which was leaning on a structure near the chute. The Karen asked if there was a problem with the machine, and Ashley responded by saying, “It’s not me.”

“Well, if there’s a problem, go somewhere else,” the Karen said.

“Go somewhere else? It has my madam card. It has all my money in it,” Ashley replied.

@ashandthenley Karen was upset that she had to wait three more minutes behind me. I wish her a blessed day #fakebody #karensgoingwild #kareninthewild #karens #karen #fyp #viral #viraltiktok #floridakaren ♬ original sound – Ashley

The two women get louder and louder as they argue the matter, and eventually the Karen returns to her car after telling Ashley that she has no money on her card.

“Have a wonderful day, Karen,” the designer said. “I love you!… Now I’m sitting here. Whoa.”

In the comment sections, most users side with Ashley.

“It’s not her saying it’s probably because you don’t have any money in it,” one user said.

“That’s the ‘well’ for me,” another commented.

However, a few users left comments saying they thought the older woman was just checking on Ashley and was met with some confrontational language from the creator.

“I think you took that the wrong way, imo. I think she was frustrated with the machine. She said ‘I’ll go somewhere else at first’,” one user commented.

“Idk at first it didn’t look like a Karen AT FIRST; it sounded like she was worried,” another user said.

In an updated comment in the comments section, Ashley provides more details about the altercation.

“I started recording after this woman was honking my horn, insulting me and yelling at me, so I matched her energy,” she said. “She got out of her car and I recorded for my own safety! She didn’t want to listen to reason or any explanation. I was never rude first. NEVER APPROACH A DAB!! So dangerous!!!”

The Daily Dot reached out to Ashley via a TikTok comment.

*First published: September 3, 2022, 6:59 a.m. CDT

Lauren Castro

Lauren Castro is a journalist based in Austin, Texas.


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