Arizona Woman Destroys Target Mask Display in Viral Tirade

An Arizona woman went on a profanity-laced tirade inside a Target store, destroying a display of protective face masks in the process.

The video of the incident at the Target location in the Scottsdale-Mesa suburb of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has begun making rounds on Twitter, and she has already been dubbed "QAnon Karen."

The footage starts with the unseen woman talking while the camera was pointed at a display of protective face coverings. She can be heard saying: "Finally we meet the end of the road." The woman also says she has been looking forward to it "her whole life" and that she's not playing anymore "games."

She is then seen slamming all the masks from the display and onto the floor, all while saying: "This [expletive] is over."

Protective Face Masks
Designer face masks in the display window of a beauty and wig salon are for sale in Washington, DC on June 17, 2020. Photo by EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images

The woman is seen ripping down all kinds of masks, some that are sealed in plastic and others that are open-clothed with no wrapping. As she's about to clear the last of the masks from the display, she says: "Yay, whooo."

Two mask-wearing Target employees appear in the video. One of them can be heard saying, "Excuse me ma'am," but she is interrupted by the woman who says, "This is over."

The woman also says to the Target employees: "Why? You let everyone else do it. I can't do it because I'm a blonde, white woman?" She adds she wears a "$40,000 Rolex."

Target responded to a Newsweek request, saying safety is paramount inside its stores.

"At Target, the safety and security of our guests and team members is our top priority," Target wrote in a statement to Newsweek. "Over the weekend, a guest ransacked a display of facemasks in one of our Scottsdale, AZ area stores. Immediately, store leaders attempted to de-escalate the situation, but given the guest's continued behavior, the store team called the Salt River Police Department for additional support. We provided local law enforcement with video footage and will continue to provide any information that can be helpful to their investigation."

Newsweek also reached out to the police department of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for comment.

The incident in Arizona comes as the state continually posts new daily records for positive coronavirus cases. In the last week, the number of cases has risen 4.1 percent. The state has 98,089 positive coronavirus tests since the outbreak began in March.

On Sunday, Arizona reported 3,536 new cases with four deaths.

The biggest hot spot in Arizona is in Phoenix, whose mayor, Kate Gallego, said on ABC's This Week on Sunday that her city and state may have reopened too soon.

"We opened way too early in Arizona," she said. "We had crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne, no masks."

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) was first discovered in Wuhan, China in late 2019, there have been more than 11.5 million cases worldwide, and more than 530,000 deaths around the globe. The United States leads the world in both of those categories, with close to 3 million cases and more than 130,000 deaths as of Sunday evening.

Arizona is one of the nation's newest hot spots, along with California, Texas and Florida.