Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

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Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade
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By the edhat staff

Several readers of edhat sent us the below video that was posted on Instagram. The video was posted this week by local DJ Ian Soleimani in front of the Boathouse Restaurant at Hendry's Beach.

The video shows a local woman arguing with an employee of the Boathouse at its entrance near the walkway to the public beach, seemingly over an unpaid bill. Soleimani starts filming as the interaction gets more heated. The woman then turns to him and begins a slew of racist rants.

At the time of publication, the video received nearly 20,000 views and 450 comments. With permission from the video's owner, the video is provided in full below:

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shoreline May 15, 2022 05:34 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

No one should talk or act like that because deep down inside it's inexcusable to think like that. Call it cancel culture, call it what you will but she and any others spewing vitriol like that need to be held morally accountable for such intolerance. Would I fire her in a heartbeat if I knew her and heard that? Would I not rent to her, not buy from her and absolutely not socialize with her? Absolutely. And it's not because it's out of line with MY value system. It's because it's morally repugnant and inexcusable under any circumstances.
People should not have to worry about what comes out of their mouth when they get stressed out or feel threatened. It's deeper than that. The underlying racism needs to be addressed.

yacht rocked May 15, 2022 07:29 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I have a relative who talks like this, minus the racist stuff. Same self-sabotaging sense of entitlement. "I don't have to listen to you and nobody tells me what to do." "Deadlines are for other people." Etc. Some adults manage to grow old without growing into adulthood. Something went wrong in the early teen years and meds can't overcome it. I comfort myself by remembering that 50% of people are below average in whatever measure you care to assess, and that's just the way it is.

CloudsInSky May 16, 2022 08:03 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I feel so sorry for this woman who suffered humiliation by not being able to pay for her own meal. Many of us revert to a defensive,childish mode in a situation where we feel ashamed, caught in the act. Having the conversation being filmed created even more shame and total helplessness. One of her parents probably used the same racist language when she was a child. She was pacing around the parking lot in an extremely stressed out state. It made me feel sick knowing how she must be feeling.

It looks like the restaurant employee was being respectful by taking the conversation outside. Following the spirit of the law, I think she could have returned the ID belonging to the woman and let her walk away. Someone else had tried to pay for the meal using cash.

The man holding the camera was having fun and shaming the woman further by filming the whole conversation.. Filming people in extreme distress creates a lynch mob mentality where 1,000s of us band together and point fingers.

Ahchooo May 16, 2022 08:59 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Compassion is good and we could use more of it all around. But this woman is still responsible for her own behavior, and being caught in a bad spot (credit card denied) is not an excuse to misbehave. Also, though I understand being displeased that one is being filmed, the racist stuff can’t be excused.

Someone tell me, what is the right thing to do, if caught with a bad credit card and no cash. Maybe go get some cash, come back, pay, and then retrieve your ID ?

a-1652731382 May 16, 2022 01:03 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

It's the first reference to a credit card being turned down - that's obviously what set her off. I'm so personally embarrassed by her behavior. This is not how the SB residents I know behave. I worked as a waitress for many years(I'm 70), and this kind of behavior has been around for many moons. People in retail also get this kind of reaction. Front line workers - please be kind to them. You wanna yell at somebody? Get the manager.

LCP112233 May 16, 2022 03:25 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Great point Ahchooo. If I were in that situation I would be embarrassed, apologize and leave my ID there until I could get some cash or another credit card and come back. This woman's behavior is astounding at best.

MarcelK May 16, 2022 06:31 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

"I feel so sorry for this racist woman. It's everyone's fault except hers. Black men have no reason to turn on their video cameras and they're just doing it to have fun. And I'd like to show how little awareness I have by talking about this as a lynching."

pstarSR May 16, 2022 06:40 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

weird you feel bad for her, but don't fell bad for the recipient of the racist remarks?
"it made you sick how she must feel"? but you feel perfectly fine she was insulting people?
So basically, your a racist also and want everyone to accept this OTHER racists actions and feel bad for her?

yeah NOT happening.

Rinconer May 16, 2022 08:04 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Great job, Boathouse employees!
I tell my kids all the time, when something sketchy or confrontational is happening,
roll the camera, it’s more powerful than a Karen in full on retribution mode.
Easier to blame Dr. Phil, Oprah, and broccoli than to admit you went over your c.c. limit.
Karen is hereby immortalized in internet gold.
Love a happy ending.

PitLocal May 16, 2022 12:06 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

SAKJON: A quick google search reveals https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53588201 "Karen" has, in recent years, become a widespread meme referencing a specific type of middle-class white woman, who exhibits behaviours that stem from privilege. It is very much a race specific term. Even if it weren't, it's a label. It's name calling. You're on your soapbox screaming how evolved and progressive you are because you're not a racist and this woman is, and yet you are no better than she is because the words you are using are racist labels.

sacjon May 16, 2022 12:56 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

PIT - "You're on your soapbox screaming how evolved and progressive you are because you're not a racist and this woman is, and yet you are no better than she is because the words you are using are racist labels." I'm not screaming anything, and I AM better than her because I'm not going on public racist rants. Calling someone a "Karen" is no where near the same as calling someone "one of four blacks" in SB or telling them to go "African American fishing" or whatever bizarre thing she said.

Regardless, do you really feel that calling someone a racist is as bad as yelling racist slurs at someone? Really?

Bene May 16, 2022 09:03 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

I have no ability to understand why anyone would make the strange comments this woman did. Because the comments are so bizarre, and the average person would have no ability to understand her, I'm not sure that proclaiming this simply a racist rant is the full picture here. She appears to be having a definite meltdown and her comments make no sense. Maybe, if she recovers, her comments will make no sense to her as well. Before she made the racist comments I think the filming was going on. Somehow it feels sleazy to jump in and film a clearly crazy and distressed woman, which clearly only made her crazier. In the beginning it was just an argument about a restaurant bill, and jumping in and filming a woman arguing about a restaurant bill just seems opportunistic, in the sense that the person videoing is hoping for a big show, hoping things will get worse, and by filming assuring that things will only get worse as it upsets the person further. What does it say about us that we would watch something like this and gloat over it, feel so Superior, and use it for entertainment? What kind of world it would be if instead of videoing it and hoping for some fireworks to post that instead somebody would intervene with a kind word to try to calm the situation instead? You can change hearts and minds much better with kindness than with shaming and aggravation. There is a best selling book out about a woman who even turned a murderer around by kindness.

Bene May 16, 2022 07:02 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

You are trying hard here, right? I did not call him sleazy. Please re-read my comment. I said it FELT sleazy. I can feel anything I want right? If you say someone's behavior made you FEEL BAD that's not the same as saying they are bad. My feelings should be free as should yours. I would not film him because I felt a certain way either. That would not be an excuse to film, no. A crime should be filmed, yes. But he weas filming before she committed the crime of a racist comment. But, I do agree I should have chosen my words more carefully. So if I could edit this, I'd amend it to, "it felt sad."

mast8 May 16, 2022 09:47 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Two things can be true at once: 1) this person's behavior is inexcusable, 2) this trend of shoving phones in people's faces to record their most shameful moments, so that we can gleefully spectate and make self satisfied condemnations of them after the fact, is pretty darn ugly too.

Alexblue May 16, 2022 09:53 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

MAST8, yes, you have a point, however, the trend of recording things in public may ultimately have a beneficial outcome, which is that people may be less likely to, for example, choke someone to death on a sidewalk if they know they are being or might be recorded. Also, people may be less likely to engage in horrible behaviors if they know there may actually be a consequence, i.e., public shaming, destruction of reputation, job loss, etc..

bosco May 16, 2022 01:17 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

There are certainly moments when filming can be beneficial, like in the event of a crime or act of violence. However, people also need to realize that videos are just a snapshot of the event and lack context. As stated earlier, this woman has signs of mental illness. I don't see the value of spreading this all over the internet so people can point fingers at another "racist Karen". If this guy actually wanted to help the situation he could have mediated and tried understand what was going on. But no, instead he thought, "why don't I pull out my phone so I can share this with my friends and generate more likes". Her stupidly pulling the race card was exactly what he wanted.

shoreline May 16, 2022 10:17 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

It would be very telling to match the political party of those accepting of her vile behavior (and opposed to the filming of it) with those who are calling her out regardless of what kind of day she was having.
Dig deep and think about what type of human could rationalize such hate. Inclusion, acceptance and tolerance should be the expectation of humanity recognizing that we are all different and make up an amazing whole of unique and individual parts. That premise should never enable bigotry, racism or elitism. Her behavior was inexcusable but forgivable. I'd like to see her genuinely contrite about her actions.

Gimli May 16, 2022 10:21 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

This so called "Karen" (or "Kraken"?) must be related to Roseanne Barr. Seems to me that there is some kind of underground Scientific Research Facility that clones in secret "Karen's", and they will dominate our world.

helena May 16, 2022 11:22 AM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Videoing such occurrences gives them sunlight, and that ain't a bad thing. There are people like this woman in all walks of life; how we deal with them matters. And I'd like to recommend the lobster roll at the Boathouse, for any of you impressed by their response.

CelesteBarber May 16, 2022 01:41 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

Edhat Editors: Please remove the post -- now. When I first saw the post early this morning, I had hoped that it would have been taken down. Sadly not. This is not news. At best, yellow journalism. But what I see is the shaming of a stranger. With the exception of a few commenters who were disturbed as I was, too many took glee in another's public humiliation. You don't know what actually happened prior. You don't know this person or her history. The woman has people who care about her: husband; mother; father; siblings; daughter or son; friends and neighbors; co-workers. How would you feel? How must the people in her life feel about this posting and the comments? The lack of compassion and all-out joy -- I don't understand it. Edhat, shame on you. This post has no place anywhere in online news reporting.

a-1652736034 May 16, 2022 02:20 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

The majority of people disagree with you and praise this local community website for publishing this. No one deserves to be spoken to like this, no one deserves a racist attack like this.

Celeste, based on your past comments here, opinion letters to local media, interviews with national media, and political stance, it's my opinion that you would not have the same comments if this woman was of a different race. Perhaps your empathy for such awful behavior is because you see a bit of yourself in her. Chat with a therapist, address your own fears of "others." In the meantime, the rest of us will be sure to call out racism and disgusting behavior when we see it.

a-1652737584 May 16, 2022 02:46 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

@Celeste, isn't this woman and the videographer exercising their First Amendment rights? Something you seem to know quite a bit about since you sued people because you were apparently offended at being interrupted while saying the Pledge of Allegiance claiming your First Amendment rights were violated.

yacht rocked May 16, 2022 03:39 PM
Local Woman Caught on Camera Berating Employee in Racist Tirade

(◔_◔) The problem with that theory is that it's highly probable that this isn't the first front-line worker that "Karen" has gone off on. It's even more likely that she talks like that to someone everyday.

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