Another viral video shows Pakistani elite culture issues with restaurant staff
New Delhi: Barely 10 months after a video of a restaurant worker humiliated in front of the camera went viral, the Pakistani elite once again made headlines after a “human rights activist” lashed out at him. chef at a Karachi-based restaurant for “violating his constitutional right”. by asking for his vaccination certificate. Hailed by many as âdesi Karenâ on social media, the woman laid bare Pakistan’s deep-rooted elitism.
Located in the heart of Karachi, the small restaurant called “Test Kitchen by Okra” received massive public support online after internet users mocked the customer for her classy behavior.
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In an allegedly viral video, a woman without a mask can be heard yelling at restaurant staff, especially the chef, for violating her “medical privacy.” The leader, Asad Aamir Monga, can also be heard repeatedly clarifying and asking for proof of Covid vaccination as the woman continues to record the confrontation. She then calls him “an idiot for wearing a facial diaper” and accuses him of asking for his “private medical records”. After Monga pulls out her phone, presumably to call for help, the woman turns to pick up her things while threatening to be “documented”. Before leaving the restaurant, she turns to shout: “I am a human rights activist”.
Staff members may be overheard, on several occasions, explaining to the woman that they are required to request her vaccination certificate in accordance with government guidelines.
Just say itâ¦ A restaurant that asks for proof of vaccination is not a violation of the Constitution of Pakistan. https://t.co/kDZVifPCpb
– Mubariz Siddiqui (@MubarizSiddiqui) October 7, 2021
Karachi administrator Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui was one of the first to denounce this ârudeâ behavior. He then applauded Monga not only for the sandwiches, but also for his âassertivenessâ.
Good job Asad for doing the right thing and opposing such rude behavior. I was a fan of your sandwiches now also a fan of your calm assurance https://t.co/HiWMwZkgJl
– Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@ murtazawahab1) October 7, 2021
Within minutes of the video going viral, the woman’s name was “Pakistani Karen” or “Desi Karen”. The slang ‘Karen’ is used to describe an empowered, racist and often middle-aged white woman who brags about her privileged position to get what she wants or to belittle others.
Comic artist Swineryy has created an animated character depicting the woman. The video illustration attacks her claim to be a “human rights activist.”
Many others also understood his activist statement.
A customer of Okra Test Kitchen in Karachi gets angry when staff ask her to show a vaccination certificate, which is now a legal requirement in Pakistan for serving a restaurant
Says she is a “human rights activist” as she walks out of the place pic.twitter.com/xp9nM9hqaR
– omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) October 7, 2021
While several others had a good time at the expense of “Pakistani Karen”.
Pakistani Karen on the rampage! ?? pic.twitter.com/t8tAL0Quch
– Ø¸ÙØ± Ø§ÙÙ°ÙÙ (@ bcSp2GrQgt7TUVs) October 8, 2021
I am “ooOoOOOooh”. https://t.co/uc4FQ7wugt
– Natasha Noorani (@rukhsanakartoos) October 7, 2021
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Not a rarity in Pakistan
Monga said Dawn such behavior among customers in Pakistan is not uncommon. The chef said people in the hospitality industry are often at the end of guest rights.
He recounted how his employees were often insulted and insulted. One specific incident allegedly involved a customer wiping his chocolate-covered fingers on Monga’s mask when asked to foot the bill.
Monga also shed light on the anti-vaccination stance of some clients. Many people are reluctant to share their vaccination certificates and urge servers to take their word for it.
He said Dawn that the âburden of civility or basic comityâ appears to have fallen on the service industry’s shoulders since the pandemic.
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Already seen 10 months later
Just 10 months ago, another group of women had drawn everyone’s attention for similar elitist behavior.
It’s so sad. Class privilege, colonial hangover and the depravity of the Pakistani elite – all in one clip. The hero here is this manager and my salute to him for his hard work, dedication and acceptance of it all! pic.twitter.com/8IVnE6nSYv
– Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) January 21, 2021
Two women, who are said to own an Islamabad-based cafe called Cannoli, were seen asking their restaurant manager to show off their fluency in the English language as they were bored. The video went viral on social media with many people using the hashtag #BoycottCannoli and criticizing the women and their attitudes.
I just saw the news and wanted to do the same but it looks like I was a little too slow ðð»ââï¸ Anyway, this should be a reminder to everyone: treat your employees respectfully. Don’t project your own âboredomâ or trauma onto others. Sick. #BoycottCannoli https://t.co/N8H7Jcua0x
– Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) January 21, 2021
Humiliating one’s compatriots to be accepted by foreigners always ends up being rejected by both. #BoycottCannoli https://t.co/hORo2XL1Ta
– Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) January 21, 2021
Although the restaurant apologized at the time, it didn’t seem sincere as they tried to pass it off as a regular ‘gup shup’ at their restaurant.
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