Talk about public health advice not passing the smell test.
A woman refused to wear a mask at a Panera Bread in California, claiming they’re useless to stop the spread of COVID-19 since people can still smell farts through pants, video shows.
The footage, taken Monday at a Panera Bread in Chico, shows a white woman dubbed by some online as “Panera Karen” holding her cellphone over her shoulder, appearing to try and film while hiding her face, while a man standing behind her chides her for not wearing a mask — which she’s holding in the same hand.
“Wow, you’re sure brave,” the man, identified as William See, told the woman. “You’re sure a tough one, aren’t you?”
See then asked a Panera employee to “get this lady out of here,” prompting the worker to say that she had just called security, video shows.
“So you’re not going to serve me because I’m not wearing a mask?” the woman asks.
“No, they’re not going to serve you because you’re not wearing a mask, that’s exactly right,” See replies.
Undaunted, the woman continues to hold up her cellphone during the confrontation as several other customers were also inside the location, video shows.
“Just put on a mask, don’t be such a moron,” See said. “You selfish piece of sh-t. Get out of here, you’re so f—ing selfish!”
That led the maskless woman to turn around and ask See to “stop it” before she intentionally blew air into his direction, video shows.
See, who was with a friend at the time, then cursed out the woman — telling her to “grow the f–k up” — as she walked away before she stopped briefly to provide her apparent reasoning for not donning a mask.
“You think that mask is going to protect you?” the woman says. “You fart out your ass; you can smell it out of your ass. You think that mask is going to protect you?”
The woman then walks out of the store as See again told her to “grow up,” video shows.
Social media sleuths, meanwhile, were trying to identify the woman early Wednesday after some Twitter users asked others to retweet the footage Tuesday until her identity is revealed.
“Karen is ranting in Panera that masks won’t stop the virus because pants can’t stop farts,” one tweet read. “We have a scholar on our hands, folks.”