While some people in the video seemed to support her, most online users did not feel any sympathy for the disrespectful woman.
A “spitting Karen” was caught spitting at a bus passenger in Vancouver and pushed off the transit bus by the man. According to the Daily Dot, the TikTok video has since been deleted but began trending on Reddit. The woman was not wearing a mask and the man initially called the woman “disgusting”. Later she can be seen spitting in his face. He reacts almost instantly and pushes the woman. As she fumbles towards the open door, he shoves the “spitting Karen” off the bus. She tumbles to the ground outside the bus. She is then approached by a bystander. Someone can be heard asking the man, “What is wrong with you?” He tells the woman that the Karen had spit on him and wipes off the spit from his face. The video was also shared on Twitter.
Anti-masker meet pavement pic.twitter.com/wOJsZZpzOp— Rob Gill 🗳 iwillvote.com (@vote4robgill) October 22, 2020
Most Redditors seemed to be in full support of the man who was spat on and slammed anyone who thought otherwise. Shugyosha wrote, angrily: "Omg whats wrong with you?" Um she fucking spat on him, you fucking clown. reincarN8ed said: bUt YoU cAnT sHoVe WoMaN. You shouldn't shove anyone out of a bus, but as far as I'm concerned that courtesy goes out the door when someone not wearing a mask during a global pandemic spits in your face. 38004921Em added: "Omg whats wrong with you?" "Bitch stfu whats wrong with her?" johnhamelink wrote: Most people were probably not paying attention until he did that. If I spun round to see a man pushing a woman violently with no other context, I’d have said the same thing. BadlyDrawnMemes said: Even pre covid she deserves that and worse. Spitting on someone is like one of the most entitled and disrespectful [things] someone can do.”
Twitter users were just as irritated with the woman and many hoped legal action would be taken against her. mikecrime noted: I'm actually fairly certain she can get charged criminally for spitting on someone like that. Hope she does. To which the poster of the video vote4robgill said: Yup, which is why this man will be in the clear. This is clearly self defence and a reasonable response to being spit on during a pandemic. When misledgeekboy suggested that the woman should be let off, writing: Assault met with assault. It’s wrong but somehow I feel it cancels each other out. vote4robgill responded: It’s not wrong. You’re saying the right thing would be for the man to do nothing. We are living through a pandemic where the virus travels through saliva, etc. She assaulted him. He did the right thing and protected himself. Her gender doesn’t earn her special treatment.
You're kidding right?— bria quinlan 💖sanity breaking (@briaquinlan) October 22, 2020
So, what else are women allowed to do bc they're women?
Murder? Kidnapping? Bank robbing? Slapping strangers? Just checking before I go out and cause havoc bc I want to make sure I have Leni Ann's okay.
There's no such thing as assault met with assault. Somebody assaults you and you hit back, that's called self defense, not assault.— Wes Craven's New Shitpost (@NotSchultzWolfe) October 23, 2020
She assaulted him by spitting in his face during a global pandemic when there are mandates everywhere to wear a mask. There was no telling whether she’d attempt to do it again; therefore this man acted in self-defense. I’d be entertained to see her try to press charges.— Jamie Bakleh (@jamiebakleh) October 23, 2020
Public spitting on another person is a legal assault in many jurisdictions - charge her and take her to court! His actions are defensive - hers, clearly offensive.— James Eaton (@jk_eaton) October 22, 2020
According to Vancouver Is Awesome Metro Vancouver Transit Police are currently in the early stages of investigating the incident, according to Sgt. Clint Hampton. The incident was not reported to Transit Police by either of the TranksLink passengers. “We are aware of the video, our general investigation unit is now investigating which includes reaching out to the person who posted the video,” Sgt. Clint Hampton elaborated. TransLink advised people to not confront unmasked bus patrons. Last month a fight broke out after a passenger questioned an unmasked man if he had a medical exemption to the policy. "We ask customers not to attempt to enforce TransLink’s mandatory mask policy," a TransLink spokesperson told Vancouver Is Awesome in an email."Spot checks show about 95 per cent of customers are complying with the policy and are wearing masks on board transit vehicles," TransLink assured. Instead of a confrontation, customers are encouraged to contact Transit Police or use the silent alarm onboard buses at any time.
Two wrongs don’t make a right, I certainly don’t condone either behaviour, but it was just a matter of time before we saw incidents like this and will likely see more if @TransLink and @TransitPolice don’t start enforcing the mask policy. No mask, no ride and issuing of fines. https://t.co/sIPxtpjss3— Dianna 💍🧜🏻♀️🦄👩🏼💻🇨🇦 (@girlGeek) October 22, 2020
Sgt. Clint Hampton told CTV News, “We know when the video was posted but we don’t know when it was taken. Was this taken yesterday or was it taken three months ago?
“We are asking if anybody was a witness to this even or was involved in this event to please contact transit police.” “If there is somebody on transit who is not wearing a mask, we encourage people to socially distance themselves from that person,” said Hampton. “We don’t want people trying to police the mandatory mask policy and putting themselves at risk. It’s disgusting,” Sgt. Hampton said. “No other way to put it, for people to be spat on is disgusting for people.” The woman could face assault charges.
I can see why he reacted that way. Spitting in someone's face is a vile assault. I always teach my daughter if you assault anyone expect they will hit you back, whatever their gender. Don't assume you get a free pass because you are female.— Crepes🇨🇦 (@Crepes78) October 22, 2020