A woman who appeared ready to lash out at another shopper before starting to scream when she realised she was being filmed in a “panic attack” has been dubbed a ‘Victoria’s Secret Karen’.
Footage shows the white woman collapse to the ground while denying that she tried to strike Ljeoma Ukenta, a black shopper who was also browsing the lingerie store.
Ukenta posted the video of the woman reportedly called Abigail Elphick coming at her with her hand raised – but then she stopped and put her hand to her own face.
“Oh my God!” Ukenta said at the store located inside the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn, New Jersey, in the US.
“Do you see this? Oh my God. I never thought nothing like this would happen to me. She just tried to run and hit me.”
Then Elphick, on the ground in tears, denied there was an attempted attack.
“Oh my God. Karen had a breakdown,” Ukenta said. “She tried to hit me.”
A Karen is a pejorative term for a white woman seeming to be entitled.
Elphick replied: “I didn’t try to hit you.” At the same time she asked not to be filmed.
Ukenta then told the white woman: “You just want security for me? I want security for you.”
The filming shopper told the video that she had gone to Victoria’s Secret to redeem a free underwear coupon.
Strangely, Elphick remained where she was on the floor screaming and didn’t try to leave.
Milburn Police Department arrived and reportedly said they found the woman “very emotionally distraught” with her claiming she had a panic attack because she was being filmed.
In another clip of the six-part video on YouTube, Ukenta reads the police report which she claims to say Elphick admitted she was wrong but didn’t want to be shamed publicly.
“Mind you, they took her statement first because, of course, she called the police. And she completely lied,” Ukenta said.
“She’s trying to say I started videotaping her causing her to have a panic attack, at which time, she followed me to try to get me to stop recording.”
The police didn’t escort Elphick away and Ukenta felt that they should have done more to protect her.
“I didn’t feel protected,” Ukenta said. “I’m also filing a complaint against the mall security.”
So far she has raised $98,850 on GoFundme towards paying for a lawyer.