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Aussies Who Think 'Karens' Only Live In The U.S. Are Now Sadly Mistaken

Apparently, the rules "don't apply" to her.

With growing numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths, and a never-ending debate around mask mandates, tensions have reached boiling point in the U.S. with 2020’s infamous ‘Karen’ often at the centre of the controversy. However, those who thought ‘Karen’ was an American phenomenon are sadly mistaken after footage of Australia’s very own ‘Bunnings Karen’ hit social media. 

The video shows a staff member from the Narre Warren Bunnings in Melbourne asking a woman if she has a mask. In case you missed it, face coverings were made mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as of the 19th July in the wake of Victoria’s increase in COVID-19 cases. Hear all about it below:

The woman tells the Bunnings staff member, “you are not authorised to ask me or question me about” wearing a mask. 

When another staff member tells her she needs a medical certificate to go maskless and asks her to stop filming, the woman says, “No, I’m allowed to do this and you’re discriminating against me.”

The woman then threatens to “personally sue” other staff members who inform her that wearing a mask is a condition of entry to their store. Later she claims those conditions of entry “don’t apply to me.” 

Another video shows the woman interacting with a police officer, who explains that she has “breached the COVID-19 restrictions” by refusing to wear a mask. She tells him, “if you arrest me, I will have you charged with false arrest.”

A following video in the thread shows the woman being arrested in the carpark and an officer asking her not to resist.

It’s pretty difficult to watch ‘Bunnings Karen’ challenging the rules so aggressively when they’re designed to protect members of the community from getting sick. If anything, this video and all the other fellow ‘Karens’ floating around social media is just another reminder of what not to do amidst the global pandemic.

Hear the Chasers explain the new ‘Karendemic’ below:

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Who In Their Right Mind Is Dropping $110M On Jeffrey Epstein's Houses?

If those walls could talk.

If you’ve been following the Jeffrey Epstein case and recent arrest of his former girlfriend and longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell, you’ll be well aware of the utterly horrifying sex trafficking allegations made against the pair. Knowing this, would you be keen to drop over $100M on Jeffrey Epstein’s luxury houses?

According to CNN, two homes owned by the late financier are now for sale for a combined total of roughly $110M USD. 

Speaking of Ghislaine Maxwell, hear all about the mysterious conspiracy theories surrounding her below:

The listing for Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion describes the sale as a “once in a life-time opportunity to own the largest single-family home in New York City.” 

CNN reports that the seven-story home has 40 rooms, including 10 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. It features unobstructed views of Central Park and according to the listing “could easily present itself as a palatial consulate, embassy, foundation or once again house some of the world’s greatest works of art.”

Sounds appealing, but there’s one massive catch – court documents cite the property as one of the locations where Epstein allegedly sexually abused countless young women.

The same goes for Epstein’s Palm Beach property, which is currently priced at $21.9M USD. According to the listing, his Florida home has six bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms, a pool and pool house as well as a staff house and three-car garage.

In the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, victims explain their encounters with Epstein at his properties including specific details about the decor and explicit artworks.

A video from a 2005 police raid of Epstein’s Palm Beach home showed the contents in closer detail, including “what appeared to be a dentist’s chair and cart or a multifunction facial machine, stocked with drills and other instruments, as well as a lamp,” according to Fox News.

Fox News reports that at his Upper East side mansion, investigators reportedly found “a locked safe [featuring a] trove of pornographic material apparently featuring young girls.”

It’s difficult to understand who would be interested in purchasing Jeffrey Epstein’s houses knowing the disturbing secrets they hold, but they are on the market and available to buy, nonetheless.

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Fitness Writer Who 'Won't Work With Fat People' Reckons She's Not Judgemental

"It demonstrates a troubled mind."

When it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing there is a lot of BS floating around social media. Sadly, social media also tends to perpetuate the idea that you can’t possibly lead a happy life if you’re larger than a size six. However, no one is peddling these harmful ideas more than Samantha Yardley, a UK-based fitness writer who has proclaimed she “won’t work with fat people.”

In a recent blog post, Yardley wrote, “as a businessperson myself and former employer; would I work with (extremely) fat people? No, I wouldn’t. Harsh but true (I’m sorry).”

“For me, at best it demonstrates a troubled mind, lacking self-control and at worst it shows a severely disturbed individual who is likely to be lacking energy and suffering poor health,” she continued. “No, we shouldn’t judge people based on beauty, however as humans we can’t hide extreme, debilitating gluttony because we wear it as layers of fat. That’s biology not bigotry.”

Yardley’s blog post landed her a spot on This Morning, where she attempted to clarify her controversial comments.

When asked if she would decide not to employ someone based on their appearance – before even speaking to them, Yardley said, “I think we’re all judged a little bit on how we look. I certainly wouldn’t judge someone for being a little overweight…but if someone was extremely obese, I’d probably make the assumption they were lacking in self-esteem, maybe they have the wrong lifestyle. I would say there’s an underlying problem.”

It’s interesting to note that in both her blog post and This Morning interview, Samantha Yardley says “I wouldn’t judge” and “we shouldn’t judge” however the way in which she is suggesting all obese people are unemployable seems like the pure definition of judgemental.

And there’s also the fact that people who aren’t obese can also lack in self-esteem, have the ‘wrong’ lifestyle or ‘underlying problems.’

Needless to say, Yardley’s comments did not go down well with social media users who slammed the fitness writer for her shallow attitude and for ignoring the many factors that play into fitness, weight and health. 

One Twitter user made the point, “#ThisMorning could you ask Samantha Yardley if she would refuse an overweight doctor saving her life? Or would refuse an overweight surgeon carrying out a life saving operation on her? Just curious.”

It appears that Samantha Yardley knew exactly what she was doing when broadcasting her controversial opinions to the world, but will it help or hinder her business going forward? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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