There’s a lot to be said for how humans interact with each other. This is especially true with escalating responses to perceived slights.
A recent viral video is the result of these escalations, showing a simple situation can quickly become hostile, with people arguing online.
The video shows a woman driving next to a group of teens, screaming profanities at them.
But how did we get here? The video was originally posted by @maddswinterburn on TikTok, before being deleted. However, someone else had already downloaded it and uploaded the video to Reddit.
Over on the subReddit “Public Freakout” the video has achieved modest interest, with about 1800 upvotes and over a hundred comments.
The video is short, but contains multitudes, as the woman depicted in the video goes off on a tirade against the teens in the other car. The inciting incident was apparently the teenagers insulting the woman for parking in a handicap spot without a placard.
Plenty of comments were at best, confused about the woman’s actions.
“How do adults end up this psycho?” – Pardusco
“She’s not only being a Karen but she’s endangering all their lives and the lives of other people driving. What an a**hole.” – Satanfan
“She was like, “you think you can talk to people like that and get away with it?” After calling them fcking cnts.” – inDependent_WhiNer
“the kids are handing Karen her lunch on Tiktok” – flaskman
But there is a lot more to unpack in the video, including a plausible and likely series of events.
To start, plenty of people have disabilities that aren’t readily visible. And while we have a process to obtain proper placards to park in designated spaces, it’s not always that simple.
If the woman has a debilitating disability, she should have obtained the proper documentation, but in the same breath, it’s understandable if she didn’t have it, and felt too pained to park further away.
On the other end of the equation, we have the kids who called her out. It’s not uncommon for people to want to call someone else out for breaking the rules. Perhaps they even felt good after doing it.
And at the highest level, we have the woman’s anger. Whatever comments the teens made, it was more than enough to upset her. It was enough to get the woman so mad, she followed the other car and hurled obscenities.
The teenagers probably didn’t need to call out the woman for parking in the handicap spot, but in the same vein, the woman didn’t need to chase the teens in her car to insult them with profanities.
It’s a never-ending series of escalation.
“In her defense, there are people who need and benefit from using handicap spots even if they don’t look handicapped. They may look fine initially but pain can be a real b****” – ShortBrownAndUgly
“Exactly. Call someone out for using a handicapped spot cause they don’t “look handicapped” how much bigger of a piece of sh** can you be?” – Immo406
“I mean anyone can pull out their phone at the last second to look like victims. And the Karen didn’t back down either, she was ready for a scrap, which I respect” – Azshira
“I feel like these kids got served by Karen. Karen was a G. “Yeah you, you’re fat, you’re a little mutt, and you in the back seat, nice horn.”” – iforgotdowhat
Maybe the woman does suffer a debilitating disease, and maybe the kids words were uncalled for. Maybe the teens were trying to stop someone from taking up a space not meant for that person and they only thanks they got were curses and a viral video.
Whatever the situation, can we at least agree that when you’re driving, your eyes should be on the road?