Karen Creates Bogus ‘Freedom to Breathe Agency,’ Tries To Intimidate Retail Store Workers About Masks

Smithtown, N.Y.: A sign outside the Fresh Market supermarket in Smithtown, New York asks customers not to enter without a face covering due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns on April 18, 2020. (Photo by John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images)

The Karens are at it again.

In a viral video shared on social media over the weekend, a woman pretends to be a federal employee with the “Freedom to Breathe Agency”, which is not a government agency, and tries to intimidate essential retail workers into allowing people to wear masks in their stores.

According to the retail worker, the woman representing the fake “Freedom to Breathe Agency” gave her a piece of paper saying she could go to prison for 3-5 years for upholding the store’s mask policy.

Via Buzzfeed News

You personally need to take this to your manager because you personally can be sued for this, OK?” Koloma told Chavez while handing her a piece of paper.

“You are putting yourself into major legal liability — you personally,” Koloma added.

Chavez said the paper stated she could face legal action for telling people to wear masks.

“The piece of paper they gave me was basically telling me I could go to prison for up to 3 to 5 years and I could get fined up to 10,000 dollars for telling them to wear a mask if I’m not a doctor,” she said.

The woman who started the “Freedom to Breathe Agency” claims she’s not doing anything illegal despite getting a warning from the Department Of Justice

Koloma also denied that she is impersonating a state or federal agency.

“That’s absolutely false because we are a legitimate organization, we introduced ourselves as FTBA, the Freedom to Breathe Agency. There’s nothing illegal or fraudulent,” she said.