Internet commentators were shocked after a woman described her husband’s reaction to a reckless driver who nearly hit their children and dog.
In a viral Reddit post published in r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/Puzzlehead_Gate562 (aka the original poster or OP) said she reported the driver to authorities but was reprimanded and insulted by her husband for being so .
titled, “[Am I the a**hole] for punishing and calling the police for a woman who drove through a field where my children were playing?” the now-deleted message received more than 7,500 votes in less than eight hours.
The original poster showed her two young children playing with a ball while she was training the family’s dog.
“A woman in an SUV jumps over the curb and rushes past us, about six feet from the children,” she wrote. “One of the children made a startled noise and… [the dog]really protective… charged the car.”
“She just kept driving,” added the original poster.
Explaining that much of the skin on her hands was burned by her dog’s leash as it chased the car, the original poster said she brought her children inside before confronting the reckless driver, who had stopped on the curb. from the field the children were playing in.
“When she stopped, I went to her passenger-side window and told her she nearly hit my kids and my dog,” she wrote. “She didn’t seem to care, so I walked on. I told her it was a field and not a roadway and asked her if it belonged to her.”
“She said no, she just didn’t want to walk and she will ride as she pleases,” the original poster continued. “I went in and called the police. I gave them her license plate number, explained what had happened and showed them the footage from our security cameras.”
However, despite her vigilance and protection towards her children and dog, the original poster said her husband disagreed with how she handled the scary situation.
“My husband said I was a ‘Karen’,” she wrote. “Some of my fingers have most of the skin missing around the first two joints. I can’t bend them. They have blisters about half an inch high and it hurts really bad.”
“Yet he calls me a Karen who says I was just being too dramatic,” the original poster added.
The Karen label, often used in viral internet posts and memes, is “a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or control other people’s behavior. ” according to Dictionary.com.
Initially reserved for disgruntled diners and furious retail customers who would settle for nothing less than a chat with an establishment manager, the past two years have seen the label turn into a flashpoint within the cancellation culture lexicon.
Just in the past year news week has reported numerous cases where “Karens” wreaked havoc by accusing a child of stealing from Walmart, unleashing scathing anti-mask diatribes on grocery store workers, and assaulting a maintenance worker who was simply trying to do his job.
However, while The New York Times reported in 2020 that Karens is now roaming “restaurants and shops…spitting poison and calling on authorities to chat”, many commentators who responded to the original poster were adamant that her behavior was not in line with the Karen label and that her husband was off line for casually accusing her of causing unnecessary drama.
In the post’s top commentary, which has received nearly 8,000 votes, Redditor u/Trixi-applecreek assured the original post that their response was justified, while targeting both her husband and the speeding driver.
†[Not the a**hole]’ they wrote. ‘But your husband does. The driver too.”
Redditor u/sugarintheboot, whose response has received more than 3,000 votes, echoed that sentiment.
“I’m glad your kids are okay, and take care of those fingers,” they said. “Man can sleep in the doghouse. I can’t imagine what kind of man would accuse you of looking after your children.’
“So your husband is so pathologically spineless that he’s okay with his wife getting hurt and his kids almost killed?” Redditor u/crockofpot concurred in confusion.
In a separate response, which has received nearly 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Kirin2013 gave a more down-to-earth response.
†[Not the a**hole]they wrote. “If the police find it offensive enough to come into contact with… [the driver]then you are clearly not wrong.”