Victoria’s Secret ‘Karen’ claims ‘mental breakdown’ after stalking black woman

A woman appeared to fake a nervous breakdown after being filmed attacking a black shopper, and it’s a wonder no one drowned in all those fake white lady tears

We’ve seen the antics of a Costco Karen, a Central Park Karen, a Trader’s Joe Karen (and many more), and now we can add a Victoria’s Secret Karen to the White Women Hall of Shame. A New Jersey woman took Caucasian (i.e. Caucasian + Bold, FYI) to a whole new level inside the lingerie store, appearing to fake a nervous breakdown after a black shopper called his behavior rude.

It all happened at a mall in Short Hills, NJ A black woman, Ijeoma Ukenta, said she was just trying to redeem her coupon for free panties when the Karen in question nudged her. When Ukenta said “Excuse me” (which is completely reasonable), she said the other woman had become aggressive. That’s when Ukenta pulled out his phone and started filming.

“I didn’t try to hit you, please, but don’t record me,” the woman yells – but uh… the video actually starts with her hitting Ukenta?

“Don’t record my mental breakdown, please, please,” she shouts. At one point, another buyer tries to jump in, asking Ukenta why she wouldn’t just walk away – which makes you wonder why that question wasn’t directed at the white woman screaming and writhing on the floor as if she had just caught the Holy Spirit. Honestly, I expected her to start speaking in tongues next.

Ukenta has a perfectly justifiable reason for not putting the camera down. “You keep lying and saying I’m threatening you, so I’m recording to protect myself,” she says. Without that streak, it’s his word against Karen’s — whose real name would be Abigail Elphick.

Elphick chases Ukenta around the store at one point, shouting “Get the phone away from him!” at the top of his lungs. Somehow most people seem to just…keep shopping? At no point do we see anyone trying to step in and help or comfort Ukenta.

Eventually mall security and the local police are called (by Elphick, because of cours she would take them to her side), both of whom seem to respond with a general air of “Meh”. All Ukenta asks in the video is that Elphick be escorted out of the mall – a pretty reasonable request.

Fortunately, Ukenta had the presence of mind to get the names of the officers and the case number, and she later shows a copy of the police report. Elphick seemingly downplayed any aggression on her part, instead insisting that she was simply afraid of being taped. I can’t wonder what might have happened if Elphick had done the sensible thing – say, apologize – rather than trying to exploit his whiteness for sympathy.

This sort of thing happens so often that cities like New York and San Francisco have had to pass laws punishing people who make unfounded 911 calls against people of color. Which one is exactly what happened here – and Elphick doesn’t appear to have faced any repercussions for his tantrum, beyond social media infamy. Hopefully this will be enough to curb his Karen tendencies.

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