'Kroger Karen' is going viral for using a stroller to block a Black woman from leaving a grocery store parking lot
Shaneeka Montgomery-Strickland filmed the match and streamed it live on Facebook.
Shaneeka Montgomery-Strickland / Facebook
Shaneeka Montgomery-Strickland was trying to leave a Kroger parking lot when a "angry" white customer, she says, was standing behind her vehicle and refused to let her go.
The mother of three children broadcast the incident live on Facebook and showed viewers how the white woman and a small child had positioned themselves behind the bumper of the car.
Finally, the police arrived on site and both women made statements to the officials.
Montgomery-Strickland described the incident as "about the craziest" she'd ever experienced and pointed to racism as the cause of the encounter.
Online commentators have now called the white woman "Kroger Karen" in the video.
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While social media posts that track the problematic behavior of white women continue to spread online, a Michigan woman has earned the online nickname "Kroger Karen" after standing behind a black woman's car in a Kroger parking lot and prevented the buyer from leaving the premises.
Shaneeka Montgomery-Strickland was shopping with her three children in Kroger, Livonia, Michigan, on Saturday when a white woman (with a small child in tow) stood behind her vehicle and refused to let her leave the parking lot.
The confrontation, Montgomery-Strickland told FOX 2 Detroit, started in the store when her son stepped on a shelf to reach a bottle of Gatorade. The other woman, annoyed by the boy's behavior, started screaming.
"It was outrageous," she said of the buyer's mood.
The situation in the parking lot escalated when the woman who pushed a young girl into a stroller went to Montgomery-Strickland a second time and called her "b ----".
Montgomery-Strickland started streaming the incident on Facebook Live - and the clip sparked online outrage.
"I have a woman behind my car who tells me that I can't walk. It's ridiculous," she said in the video and waved to the white woman who was standing next to the rear bumper of her vehicle. "I'm out here trying to do my job, me and my kids - do you see this lady? Stand here behind my car and refuse to go."
Montgomery-Strickland added that she called the police to get the woman to leave.
"All the stuff that protests out here and everything, and that's what this woman does," she said on the live stream. "You can't keep me here! You can't keep me in a shop!"
When the police arrived on site, the woman quickly approached them and pointed to Montgomery-Strickland and her children, expressing her displeasure with the recording.
In the rest of the video, Montgomery-Strickland and a Kroger employee appeared to be making statements to the police, and one official said, "However, there is no law that has been broken" - although it is unclear whether the official referred to the law blocking the law Vehicle or record of the incident.
In a subsequent live stream from her car, Montgomery-Strickland described the incident as "about the craziest thing she'd ever seen," although it prevented her sons from giving names.
"I don't like the way she spoke to me, I don't like the way she spoke to my children. And I refuse to shop in the store and let someone do it," she said in the video. "I hate that the kids had to see this, but now they see it. They were like 'this lady is racist' and I say 'yes she is' because there was no reason for it ... She basically did attacked us without putting their hands on us. "
In just three days, the videos were viewed thousands of times, and comments were gathered from viewers who were outraged by Karen’s latest behavior.
"Another Karen," wrote one commentator. "You are literally losing your mind out there."
"The white privilege is to storm an officer while he gets out of his vehicle and is vulnerable ..." wrote another.
In the comment section, the mother of three added that she did not have the name "Karen" but that personal information was included in the police report. She also claimed that the shop security guard was outside and "did nothing" while the incident was happening.
Montgomery-Strickland said that despite the woman's objections, it was important to film the incident.
This must be known. You can't just be silent, silent about everything and keep people getting away with nonsense, "she said to FOX 2 Detroit." I have received many replies. People are very angry and upset because they say it doesn't make sense. What's wrong with people Why are they still doing it out here after everything that happens, all the changes we want to make? After Black Lives Matter? That makes no sense."
Kroger representatives did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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