Today’s Karen insanity comes from a reddit post about entitled parents. Some people seem to have no compunction expecting anyone to give them anything they want, regardless of whether they even really need it. This Karen is no exception.
“I had broken my left leg and sprained my right foot in a car crash years ago. I used a wheelchair get around the hospital for the two weeks I was there. It was one of the wheelchairs you can move yourself. I was told by the doctors to not put any pressure on either foot for the two weeks.
I was in the cafeteria in the hospital. It was a pretty large place with plenty of seats. I was just about finished eating when I heard a woman calling for someone. I wasn’t sure who she was calling for but it was lunch time so I assumed she just lost someone. Not a minute went by and she (‘Entitled Karen’) stormed over to me.
ENTITLED KAREN: ‘Jesus, are you deaf. I’ve been calling you for two minutes.’
ME: ‘Oh, sorry, I couldn’t hear you. Do you need anyth…’
ENTITLED KAREN: ‘Yes, I do. My daughter is very tired and I was wondering if she could use your wheelchair for an hour or so.’
Already, I was thinking, What the heck is she on about? She must be joking. Her daughter clearly didn’t want any of this. She was already looking away and trying to tell her mom that she was fine and she could just find a seat.
ME: ‘I’m sorry, but I kind of need this to get around.’ [pointing to the cast on my left foot]
ENTITLED KAREN: ‘Please, it’s only for an hour. We have been here for the whole night with her father. He is very sick.’
ME: ‘Sorry to hear that, but I do need this. There are some benches over there if you nee-‘
ENTITLED KAREN: ‘OH MY GOD, CAN YOU SHUT UP AND JUST DO WHAT I ASK? WE WANT TO SEE HER FATHER AND WE CANT BRING THE BENCH THERE!’
ME: ‘Calm down and listen. I need to go now.’
I tried to leave as she was drawing a ton of attention to us and I am not a fan of people staring at me. I just get really nervous when they do, but she tried to block my path!
ENTITLED KAREN: ‘YOU ARE NOT LEAVING THIS CAFETERIA UNTIL THIS IS SORTED.’
ME: ‘It is sorted. You are not getting my wheelchair and I’m leaving.’
DAUGHTER: ‘Mom, stop. I don’t need a chair. I can walk.’
ENTITLED KAREN: ‘HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO YOUR MOTHER LIKE THAT? I’M ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.’
DAUGHTER: ‘You are not helping anyone and everyone is staring at you.’
They were. By that point, the other people in the cafeteria were telling her to let it go and leave me be, but she wasn’t having it. She claimed I was misogynistic and that I was faking my injury. They went on like this for a few minutes and, finally, a nurse came along and told her to either go back to the patient she was visiting or leave.
The mother ended up leaving but, the daughter ended up going back to her dad. I ended up running into her on the way back to my hospital bed and she apologized and told me that her mom did that a lot. I was pretty OK with the situation and found it quite funny, so I just told her it doesn’t matter that much. That was the last I ever heard of that woman, but her daughter ended up in my secondary school, so we still talk from time to time.
In terms of my leg, I was fine after three months of healing and rehab.”