Over the last year it’s been hard for most of us. My trials started before covid back in August 2019 when I lost my mom to a senseless accident. I will say, however, that my decision to move to Mexico shortly after was probably the best thing I have done in a long time. It is much easier to deal with a pandemic in paradise.
I’m constantly amazed at the level of stupidity and ignorance surrounding the concept of wearing a mask. All these people having meltdowns over wearing a piece of fabric over their pie hole is simply astonishing. When I was a teenager I used to lifeguard in the summer months. Anyone who has ever been to an outdoor pool knows the official uniform is a bathing suit, a towel and maybe flip flops. Yet we all knew that if we did a run to the local corner store for Cool Ranch Doritos and Gatorade, we had to throw on a shirt and shoes, which sometimes meant borrowing someone’s or digging in the lost and found. “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service.” Simple instructions. It didn’t impede on anyone’s rights, it wasn’t a law, it was how they did business and you respected that. I didn’t need to have my boobs hanging out nor did I need to see Joe Schmo’s beer gut and toe jam. It was also a courtesy to other patrons.
These businesses are struggling as it is. Grocery stores have been open thru the whole pandemic at the cost of the health of some of their employees. All they ask of their patrons is to wear a damn mask for the short time you are in their store. To protect other shoppers, their employees and yes, even you. Now for those that think covid is a lie, a conspiracy and it’s all made up, well, then just humor the rest of us that are paranoid of catching this made up illness and wear a mask while you’re around us. Think of it like this, when your rights start to take away mine, they are no longer rights. A face covering does not stop you from breathing, but it does stop little germ-ies from your space getting into my space. That’s why I wear a mask, is to protect YOU. I wear a shield to protect me. The mask is for the people that don’t have a choice. You can choose to shop, the employee at the store HAS to be there.
Now, as for our Krazy Karens and this bullshit about having medical conditions, citing the ADA or this bullshit organization FTBA (Freedom To Breath Association). I’ll be in the states next week and I almost HOPE I encounter one of these Karens. See, unlike them, I actually have invisible disabilities (i’m disabled, but you wouldn’t know by just looking at me). I have had brain surgery and multiple surgeries on the nerves on my skull and neck, a connective tissue disorder, neurological issues, the list is long. I fortunately do not have anything that impedes my lung function, however, I can very easily become over heated and get vertigo and faint. Wearing a mask, especially in warmer or humid climates can cause me difficulty. But you know what? I have options! I either stop shopping and take a break, stop all together and leave, don’t go out at all and just have my stuff delivered, ask an employee to help me (they always do) or just order shit online! I have NEVER pulled this Krazy Karen ADA discrimination bullshit ever! It’s hard enough living with a disability, navigating life in general, the amount of medications I have to take on the regular, the daily pain. I already have my battles having to deal with my service dog at some locations still to this day (thanks other insane people who insist that a duck or a snake were emotional support animals and just HAD to fly in the cabin with them). The ADA is not there to protect your delicate ego so you can go shopping. It’s there to ensure that buildings are accessible to everyone regardless if they can walk or if they are using a wheelchair or a walker, that doors are wide enough, that ramps are in place at schools and voting locations, that your employer makes reasonable accommodations so that you are ABLE to work despite having a disability. That you are given the same chance as everyone else.
There are only a few conditions that would actually qualify you from wearing a mask and the rate and volume at which these Karens are speaking, I highly doubt they suffer from any of them. As I said before, it’s lung function, and people that have a lung condition, regardless of what it is, are at a higher risk of not only contracting COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens, but they will also have a greater risk of complications, so it would behoove them to have some sort of protection or better yet, to not expose themselves at all. Basically, the few items that would preclude you from a mask would be a facial deformity (temporary resting bitch face doesn’t count), emphysema, COPD, chronic bronchitis or lung cancer/single lung and incapacity. These conditions usually require supplemental oxygen as it is. Asthmatics MAY have some difficulty, but again, the benefit of wearing protection outweighs the discomfort (yes, discomfort, because it’s not a risk for an asthmatic to wear a mask). If these Karens really did have a condition that would keep them from wearing a mask, they would be staying home. Unless they WANTED to get sick. These people are bastardizing the ADA and it just pisses me off to no end. I’m glad I’m not in the states because I’m sure I’d be encountering it on a regular basis and I would probably get myself in trouble.
I’m guessing so much has to do with the fact that people are following the example set by the orange orangutan, being self centered. They have been emboldened to not only let their ignorance shine bright, but also letting their Krazy become normal. I’m glad some of these videos have resulted in repercussions for these insane behaviors. They shouldn’t be able to treat people like this, act like entitled brats and get away with it. There should be consequences for their actions. They also need to stop crying wolf when it comes to disabilities. Those with visible disabilities already have to deal with an immediate shit pile and those of us with non-visible disabilities are dealing with diseases most have never heard of, even doctors and even fewer can pronounce. Life is hard enough as it is, add a disability (or two or three) and navigating the world becomes and uphill climb, in the snow, during a hurricane. These Karens are just adding shit to the path.