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New 'Karen' Stops Man on His Own Property

Lisa Alexander apologizes after video goes viral
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2020 5:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – The CEO of a cosmetics company issued an apology Sunday after a video was widely shared online showing her and her husband confronting a man and threatening to call police because he stenciled "Black Lives Matter" in chalk on his San Francisco property, the AP reports. The video, which has been retweeted 155,000 times, has sparked accusations of racism and led a cosmetics distributor to cut ties with Lisa Alexander, founder and CEO of LaFace Skincare. "There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home," Alexander said in a statement. "I should have minded my own business."

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The video, which was first uploaded by James Juanillo, shows a couple asking him whether he lives in the house before asserting that they know he doesn’t live there and is therefore breaking the law. Juanillo doesn't answer the couple, but invites them to call the police. The couple then walk away, with Alexander responding: "Yes, we will do so." The video stops short of showing what happens next. "She decided to call men with guns because of chalk art," Juanillo told CBS San Francisco. Juanillo, who is Filipino, told KGO-TV he believes the couple accused him of defacing private property because they didn't think he belonged in the wealthy Pacific Heights neighborhood.

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