Taiwan ‘Karen’ kicked out of train for refusing to wear face mask

A foreigner who refused to wear a face mask on a train has recently drawn much attention on social media.   (Courtesy of爆廢公社公開板/Facebook/Pixabay)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Amid the coronavirus outbreak, wearing a face mask in public is still mandatory in Taiwan. 

There is, therefore, little wonder that a foreigner who refused to wear a face mask on a train has recently drawn much attention on social media.      

A social media user who witnessed the argument took share on Facebook what happened on the train to the “Taiwan Karen.”  

He explained that he first heard a woman behind him yelling and screaming, and even cursing in English while the train was passing through Zhongli.   

He then saw a foreign woman, with her face uncovered, screaming at the passenger who reported her breaching COVID-19 rules to the train staff.  

“I would cough if I wear a mask, and that’s why I don’t wear one,” the woman shouted after hearing someone reporting her to the conductor.   

A foreigner who refused to wear a face mask on a train has recently drawn much attention on social media.   (Courtesy of 爆廢公社公開板/Facebook)

Meanwhile, the social media user who witnessed the argument advised the woman to wear a mask, but she growled at him and responded with a rude gesture.   

The train conductor then arrived discussed with the foreign woman to calm her down. The conductor then allowed her to sit in the breastfeeding room to Taichung with her ticket paid with an EasyCard.  

Later, she changed her mind and refused the suggestion by saying, “because it’s a confined space.” She ended up standing in another car.  

The train conductor then reported her to the police, saying that they refused to carry the woman. The foreign woman finally got off the train by herself after seeing many police officers waiting for her at Zhunan Station.   

The social media user ended by saying that all involved in the incident handled it very well, and many English-speaking people on the train tried to help her, but to no avail.  

In response to the post, many heaped praised on the conductor’s problem-solving abilities.