Pregnant ‘Karen’ Exonerated-Falsely Accused of Trying To Steal Bike From Black Man

A New York City hospital worker accused of trying to steal a Citi Bike from a black man has been vindicated after receipts revealed that she had rented it just before the confrontation. The Bellevue Hospital employee has faced intense backlash over the past week and was even put on leave from her job over a viral video that appeared to depict her arguing with the man over the bike, which he falsely claimed to have rented. The video, which has more than 41 million views, prompted a wave of social media posts branding the young woman a “Karen” and demanding that she be fired.

The lawyer for the hospital worker described the social media narrative as “incomplete” and lacking all of the facts, according to an interview with The New York Post.

Providing receipts as evidence, attorney Justin Marino explained that the young woman–who is six months pregnant–had just completed a 12-hour shift at the hospital when she used her phone to rent the Citi Bike “which no individuals were on or touching.”

After removing the bike from its docking station, the hospital worker reportedly was approached by a group of five, who claimed the bike belonged to them.

“One or more individuals in that group physically pushed her bike (with her on it) back into the docking station, causing it to re-lock.”

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When the woman tried again to leave with her bike, one of the men reportedly covered up the station’s QR code, preventing her from renting it again.

“In blocking the QR code, this individual’s arm was touching my client’s pregnant stomach, a condition of which she had made them aware,” Marino said. “Throughout this time and for the remainder of the video, roughly five individuals were telling her to get off the bike and heckling her.”

“The fact anyone would treat another person like this is tragic, especially a visibly pregnant woman.”

In the video, the woman can be heard pleading, “Help! Help me! Please, help me!” before shouting at the man, “Get off me! Get off me; you’re hurting my fetus!”

The original post, however, cast a much different and highly misleading version of the events.

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“This lady tried her best to weaponize her tears, but when she realized it wasn’t going to work she switched it off and acted like nothing happened,” the original poster wrote, maligning the innocent woman. “This should be criminal,” he said.

According to Marino, his client received two receipts for Citi Bike rentals at the time of the confrontation. The first one just before the confrontation and a second a minute later, after the hospital worker took the bike from the docking station to return home.

NYC Health + Hospitals called the video “disturbing” in a statement Tuesday announcing that the young woman had been put on leave. It is unclear whether the woman has yet been allowed to return to work in light of the new evidence.

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