A Los Angeles hair stylist was doing a routine touch-up on a longtime client when the client made a threatening gesture in her direction.
Robin–the woman in the chair–was in the middle of getting her roots re-colored when the stylist, Sharon Spellman, mentioned that her assistant would be finishing up the appointment.
Robin, who is also the racist ‘Karen’ of our story, did not take kindly to that.
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ROBIN IS THE NEW KAREN Y’ALL!!!! Hair Stylists & allll customer service workers, BEWARE! This behavior really is out there!! This all happened because my Hispanic assistant was going to finish her root touch-up!! I do not condone racism, violence, or disrespect!!!! 🙅♀️ I will always stand up for what is RIGHT! I understand people are going through their own hardships but, WE ALL ARE! That is not an excuse to treat others poorly!!! PS.. I was able to obtain all this footage via my security camera🙏🏼 Everyone stay safe out there. The world is CRAZY!
After a few moments of Spellman continually trying to assure Robin that her assistant was perfectly capable of continuing the job, Robin grew more and more agitated until finally she went to assault Spellman before realizing she was on camera.
Racist white woman demands hair salon owner finish her root touch up — not her Hispanic employee. Then tries to assault the owner before realizing she was on camera.
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) October 11, 2020
Rest of the video:
“What am I supposed to do with my hair like this?”
“You should’ve thought about that before you disrespected me”
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) October 11, 2020
The problem is no one calls these people out for their behavior and words. That is why they get to this age thinking they are entitled to act like this without repercussions. Kudos for the salon owner for standing up for herself and her assistant.
— GB (@gopalbx) October 11, 2020
Why is it when white women get caught being full blown Karens they go straight to the Paula Deen defense? White woman tears combined with claiming racism is caused by stress. pic.twitter.com/ZCbbPD5SdX
— QONDI 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼 (@WeAreAllOther) October 11, 2020
Love that the owner wasn’t having it, especially after Gertrude tried to hit her. Then came the tears….. is this like in their DNA— when you’re called ion your sh—, start crying and saying you’re under stress? Would love to know what happened.
— MochaDiva70 (@ms_dpclay) October 11, 2020
“[Robin] has been my client for like a year and a half, two years now. And she was the client in the salon, prior to me working at the salon, that was getting passed around because nobody could handle her energies,” said Spellman, on a later Instagram Live explaining the incident.
“She would sometimes kind of be out of line towards other people in the salon, and I would look at her, and I would be like, ‘Robin, that’s not very nice. We can’t talk to people that way.’”
Spellman also said that Robin often made disrespectful comments about minorities, and that her trepidation towards Spellman’s assistant, Alex, was likely racist.
This is exactly why you cannot play with trump supporters. All this lets get along and respect one another all too often only goes one way. Thank God for the camera.
— ♻️Madame Vice President Harris for the people. (@pjs4real) October 11, 2020
Sweet lord-if a client did that to me I would never see them again and would ban her from the entire salon. There would be no rescheduling. Stress isn’t an excuse for that level of rudeness and to escalate to a threat of violence is unacceptable and unbelievable! Wtf
— Julie (@superfox789) October 12, 2020
I commend her for sticking up for her assistant. But I wish she threw the customer out when she had her racist request. Robin is precisely who Bill Burr was referring to
— Ada M.D. (@adaorableMD) October 11, 2020
She said she was stressed out. Aren’t we all? Robin needs to live a black person’s life for about a month. Then she would know real stress.
— I Stan for Black Women and Humanity🦋tiredofit10 (@tiredofit10) October 11, 2020
IF you missed the racism in this situation….that’s the real reason we still fight the battle…learn to recognize. And that young lady is the luckiest employee on the Planet….I wish my boss would cover me like that.
— Bernard Penn (@bptex2204) October 11, 2020
After attempting the assault, Robin still pleaded for her hair to be done.
Spellman continually refuses until Robin leaves the premises.
I would move heaven and earth for a manager who had my back when customers were disrespectful.
The customer is not always right, particularly when they become violent.
— QuarantineCat (@CatGirlPA) October 12, 2020
What is wrong with that woman? Hauling back like she was going to punch her?? So glad the hairdresser said, Nope, you're out of here.
— Jacqueline Sergiosdottir (@Jacquelinezr) October 11, 2020
Where do women like this get the impression they can get away with this? I’ve never seen so much crazy entitlement as I have since @realDonaldTrump gave everyone the right to be an a-hole. I totally support the salon owner.
— J. Ness (@thejoyousone175) October 11, 2020
It's the weaponizing of whyte women tears…phew. Kudos to the salon owner for handling this
— Katie Porter's Whiteboard (@hautePJones) October 11, 2020
White women tears. Once she knows it was recorded.
— The Spooky Science Vortex (@Thesciencevort1) October 11, 2020
The internet’s support for Spellman doesn’t change the fact that a white customer felt entitled to assault her stylist for not getting her way.
What does this video say about America?