43 Things a Karen Says

We’ve probably all seen a Karen or two out in the wild — and by wild, I mean a retail store environment — think Costco or Starbucks.

Karens are known for their demanding and entitled ways beyond the scope of what is considered courteous or even acceptable.

We created a list of phrases that Karens like to use, beginning with their trademark, “May I speak to your manager?”

Perhaps you recognize some of these Karen phrases from your observations shopping? Read on.

That’s So Karen!

1.) May I speak to your manager?

2.) That’s unacceptable!

3.) My name is misspelled on the cup.

4.) You ruined my family’s entire vacation!

5.) I can’t get oxygen through a mask.

6.) But, that doesn’t apply to me.

7.) You just lost our business!

8.) Do you know how much money I spend here every month?

9.) Do you live in this area?

Things a Karen Says

10.) I’ve been discriminated against.

11.) I’ve never had to pay for these before.

12.) This is unacceptable!

13.) I want to talk to the owner.

14.) “Karen” is a sexist and racist word.

15.) You work for me; I don’t work for you.

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Things Karen Says

16.) Where are you from?

17.) It’s all about you, isn’t it?

18.) You’ve created a lot of work for me.

19.) This is a great inconvenience.

20.) All lives matter!

21.) Do you know who I am?

22.) I’ve been waiting in line for 15 minutes!

23.) That’s incredibly rude!

24.) Yes, I’ve tried rebooting.

25.) Go back to your country!

26.) That’s being disrespectful.

I've been waiting for 15 minutes

27.) Is this a new policy?

28.) I’ll sue you!

29.) How dare you speak to me that way!

30.) I have a special condition…

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31.) I’d like it bleached with a bob haircut.

32.) I need an apology right now!

33.) My Essential Oils will cure that… I saw it on Facebook.

34.) This is the United States of America!

35.) I refuse to follow your orders!

36.) Your health is not my responsibility!

37.) Do you make all of your loyal customers do this?

38.) I’m calling the cops.

39.) You’re all horrible people!

40.) Can my child have more homework?

41.) You have no idea how troubling this is to me.

42.) What is this, Nazi Germany?

43.) You’ll never disrespect me like that again!

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May I speak to your manager?

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What is a Karen?

Karen Meaning: Karen is a term for an entitled, angry middle-aged white woman who attempts to use her privilege to get her way with store employees. Karens like to say, “May I speak to your manager.” She is often seen at Starbucks or Costco in her blonde bob haircut.

Karen FAQs

With any relatively new term, questions are bound to arise. Here are a few frequently asked questions with answers.

Is there a male equivalent to a Karen?

The male counterpart to Karen is usually referred to as a Kyle. Although sometimes, Chad is also used.

What do you call a Karen and Kyle who have children?


What is the signature move of a Karen?

Complaining to an underpaid store customer service person is the signature move before asking, “Can I speak to your manager.”

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is a writer and co-founder of ListCaboodle.


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