In case you missed it, the internet went into a fit of fury when a woman caused a scene at Dior in KLCC.
The woman was seen not wearing a mask and she even insisted to enter the clothing store maskless. She was seen recording the store attendant and accusing him of shoving her, to which he denied immediately.
When the video went viral, many netizens questioned how the woman could have entered the premises at all when she was clearly against wearing the required face mask.
Check out the video and reactions below:
— Malaysia Gazette (@MalaysiaGazette) October 27, 2021
Yesterday, it has been reported that the woman, now labelled as ‘Karen’, has been slapped with a RM3,000 fine for her actions.
It turns out that the woman also refused to scan her MySejahtera upon entering the premises. She was fined RM1,500 for the two separate offences.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, she was soon caught arguing with a security guard at Bangsar Shopping Centre for being maskless yet again.
Many netizens were displeased at the news, stating that the police were being too lenient with her punishment.
For comparison, they resurfaced the viral incident of a boy getting fined RM1,000 for wearing his mask on his chin.
— Lim Yi Wei 林怡威 (@LimYiWei4MY) October 31, 2021
Another netizen compared the fine with the price of a single Dior scarf and stated that the fine is nothing to the woman who was charged, therefore bearing no significance.
Just to give a bit of perspective. If she’s a regular at Dior, this square scarf is Rm4,700.
Makcik’s Rm9,100 boots are hardly shaking with a Rm3,000 fine. pic.twitter.com/cHjOUQosIH
— cawan half empty (@syazwnr) November 1, 2021
Naturally, when netizens are dissatisfied, they tend to do some digging so they can prosecute individuals in the court of public opinion.
Is this the same Ang Mo Karen from Klcc ? (This is from last year at grand imperial Bsc – apparently her real name is Kerry and she’s quite the anti vax masker type https://t.co/aSHTiUSHa4
— Reddit Malaysia (@RedditMalaysia) October 29, 2021
While most of the internet are conducting a witch hunt on the woman, some are more empathetic.
Malaysian comedian, Harith Iskander shared his two cents on his Twitter account, stating that the woman might be mentally ill. While that definitely doesn’t condone harmful behaviour, it provides a different take than the general public scrutiny.
We should stop “demonising” the woman who caused a stir outside the Dior store. She seems ‘unwell’ and is clearly dealing with demons of her own. I believe she has children and so I hope they are safe and protected. Move on #JustMyOpinion
— Harith Iskander (@HarithIskander) October 28, 2021
Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin also took to Twitter to explain the reason behind the RM3,000 fine which some netizens deemed too lenient.
The lesson learned here is to always comply with SOPs and to never – and I mean ever – piss off Malaysian netizens.