A woman in a dental office was filmed having a heated argument with the staff because she refused to wear a face mask or let them take her temperature and they refused to treat her unless she complied with their standard procedure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The video was posted on TikTok by user Dani Smiles, who appears to be a medical or dental worker herself based on other videos, and quickly gained over 3.7 million views and made its way over to Twitter.
“Not my office but GOOD LORD,” Smiles wrote about the incident.
The video starts with the woman objecting to being asked to wear a mask in the waiting room, as is required in all medical and dental offices in the U.S. right now.
“You’re gonna work on my teeth, not my nose,” she says. “I don’t wear a mask getting my teeth cleaned.”
One of the staff can be heard explaining that “it’s about the safety” of all patients, though she’s cut off by the objecting woman.
Woman refuses to wear a mask at the dentist & says it's against the law to take her temperature because she "talked to her attorney" before she came pic.twitter.com/K6zNr8zz8g— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 9, 2020
“Fine, I’ll cover my mouth,” she says, putting her hand over her mouth. “Can I go be seated now?”
“No!” says the staff member. “Because you’re not filling out the forms or letting us take your temperature.”
“You can’t take my temperature, it’s against the law,” the patient claims. “You’re not an MD.”
And #CavityKaren was born.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) July 9, 2020
There is currently no law in the U.S. against dentists taking patients’ temperatures, and many are now doing so in an effort to check for signs of the novel coronavirus. Regardless, the patient threatens to sue the dental office for harassment, claiming that she spoke with her attorney before coming in for her appointment.
The staff member explains that the owner of the practice has said that the maskless patient will not be treated unless she complies with their procedure. The woman demands to speak with the owner and another staff member steps in.
“You shouldn’t be in the building without a mask, either,” she says.
“I can do what I want,” claims the patient. “I’m free. It’s not a law.”
This statement claiming mask requirements are “not a law” may be referring to an increasingly common claim among anti-mask individuals that mask mandates are not laws and therefore do not have to be followed. However, dental practices and other businesses have a right to refuse service to people who are endangering their other customers.
As has become a common trend, people online have dubbed this woman a new form of “Karen” for causing this scene at the dental office. It’s unclear how or if this situation was resolved, but many have taken the side of the staff and the owner.
Eff these Itchboggles.
She doesnt have a lawyer.
If she sued she’d LOSE. IF she lost she’d owe them.
WE need to start calling the police on these idiots
I suggest a bull horn available to repeat NO MASK NO SERVICE LEAVE THE BUILDING NOW.
— DR Hoctor (@drhoctor2) July 9, 2020
Seeing my dentist next week. They have you call them from your car when you arrive. They come out, take your temp, give you a mask, open the door for you so you don’t touch it, do not have you anywhere near any other patient. I feel safe going there.
— WWKD – What Would Karen Do? 🏳️🌈🌨️🌊😷 (@I_am_Hoogie) July 9, 2020
— John Horton (@johnhorton023) July 9, 2020
I specialize in face mask law and I say only medical doctors can take your temperature, that’ll be $2,000 💰— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 9, 2020