An angry tenant was branded “Karen” after writing an angry letter to “brain-dead idiots” about sorting trash in bins.
In the blunt message to other residents of a residential building in Bondi, Australia, they were accused of failing to put the right items in the bins.
“To all the brain dead idiots in this building,” it began, before explaining what type of trash should be thrown in each colour-coded trash can.
“Yellow – plastic, glass, empty cans.
“Blue – paper.
“Red – the rest of the garbage.”
“So please behave yourself or go home to your mother to take care of you!!!”
Karen is a derogatory term used in slang for a middle-class white woman who is perceived as entitled or demanding, above and beyond the norm.
The term is often used in memes depicting middle-class white women who “use their white and class privileges to claim their own way.”
The note was found by a neighbor who posted a photo of it on the local community’s Facebook page.
“Who is the Karen who left that note on my building?” they wrote.
The post caught the attention of hundreds of locals, who had differing views on the abrupt wording of the letter.
Some felt the letter writer was too aggressive and said “rude” was not the way to resolve the issue.
“Joizus. This dude needs a hug or a joint!” one commented.
“Of course, put the note in the blue bin,” replied another.
While a third said: “Someone has gone off their meds.”
But others agreed with the upset Karen and said they would like to put up a similar sign where they live.
“I agree with Karen on that,” someone wrote.
“Place this on every unit block,” said another.
A third added: “And flatten cardboard boxes before throwing them in the bin.”
“To be fair, someone has to say it: It makes life easier when people get things right the first time,” replied a fourth.
Waverley Council operates a four-bin roadside waste and recycling collection service for local households.
It collects landfill waste, mixed bins, paper and cardboard, and garden waste.
The Waverly Council website warns that placing incorrect items in the yellow bin can result in the contents of the bin ending up in landfill rather than being recycled.
It urges people not to throw household rubbish, plastic bags, non-recyclable glass, electronics or clothing in the yellow-top recycling bin.