‘Pet shop Karen’ breathes on staff after refusing to wear a mask in Melbourne – as store release pictures of her
- A customer at a Melbourne pet store has been dubbed ‘pet shop Karen’
- Owner claimed that she entered without wearing a mask and was rude to staff
- She then prank called the store, but forgot to turn off her caller ID, store claims
Fish and Feather in Kilsyth, east of Melbourne’s CBD, shared a still image from CCTV when the woman visited the store on Sunday afternoon.
The owner claimed that she entered without wearing a mask and was rude to staff from the outset.
She was asked to wear a mask in order to be served, but manager Naomi Lawlor claims the woman yelled ‘no’.
Fish and Feather in Kilsyth, east of Melbourne’s CBD, shared a still image from CCTV when the woman visited the store on the weekend
‘She started ranting and raving that she didn’t have COVID and doesn’t need to wear a mask,’ Ms Lawlor told the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader.
Instead, the woman ‘deliberately breathed on a staff member’ before she left the store.
Not wearing a face mask without an exemption and deliberately breathing or coughing on others is punishable by a fine under new COVID-19 legislation.
The Fish and Feather owner also revealed they knew the woman’s name and address.
After she was refused service, the woman is accused of ringing the store repeatedly and hanging up when they finally answered the phone.
The owner claimed that she entered without wearing a mask and was rude to staff from the outset
The childish prank cemented the store’s ability to find out who she was.
‘Take note of caller ID,’ a post shared on Facebook from the store read.
‘[Your] number ends in 227, you’re in the white pages and you live more than 5km away.’
It is an offence to travel more than 5km from your home in Melbourne under current coronavirus restrictions, which were implemented to stem the spread of the second wave.
The woman also signed into the guest room when she arrived.
The store claimed police have been made aware of the incident and have indicated that they will follow up on the claims.