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A San Francisco Karen Called Police On A Homeowner Making A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign On His Property

Another day, another Karen.

The world might feel like it’s on pause considering the recent COVID-19 pandemic but Karens are still hard at work. From the tiny crevices of the universe, Karen still has time to pop up out from their masks and voice their complaints and demands for personal white lady justice.

Exhibit A: Lisa Alexander, the CEO of a San Francisco-based skincare company called LaFace Skincare and her recent interaction with a gay Filipino man in San Francisco.

James Juanillo was minding his own business while stenciling a Black Lives Matter sign in front of his home when a Karen popped out from the pushes.

“A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stenciling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here,” Juanillo wrote in a tweet of the incident which also featured the video.

In a video currently circling around Twitter the Karen, AKA Lisa Alexander, confronted Juanillo for “defacing private property.” Another man in the video, Lisa Alexander’s husband Robert Larkin has also been identified as another person in the video. In it, Robert can be seen asking “Are you defacing private property? You’re free to express your opinions. Just not on people’s property.” In response, Juanilla asks “So if I did live here and it was my property, this would be absolutely fine?” He continues by asking “And you don’t know if I live here or if this is my property.”

“We actually do know,” Alexander chimed in before claiming to know the homeowner. According to Juanillo’s tweet, he has lived in his home for 18 years and he’s never seen the couple before.

Also, many have noted that he was writing with chalk.

Soon after Juanillo posted the video Alexander and her husband were identified by users and she issued a formal apology.

“I want to apologize directly to Mr. Juanillo,” Alexander told CBS San Francisco on Sunday. “There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home,” she wrote. “I should have minded my own business. The last 48 hours has taught me that my actions were those of someone who is not aware of the damage caused by being ignorant and naive to racial inequalities. When I watch the video I am shocked and sad that I behaved the way I did. It was disrespectful to Mr. Juanillo and I am deeply sorry for that. I did not realize at the time that my actions were racist and have learned a painful lesson. I am taking a hard look at the meaning behind white privilege and am committed to growing from this experience.”

Alexander also claimed that she wanted to meet with Juanillo in person and “apologize in person and share a dialogue where I can continue to learn and grow and be a better person.”

On Monday it was revealed that Alexander’s husband lost his job over the incident.

Raymond James, the investment banking company Roberts worked for, announced on Twitter that the associate had been fired for his involvement in a confrontation.

“Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism and discrimination of any kind,” the company said in a statement. “An inclusive workplace is fundamental to our culture, one in which people are free to bring their whole selves to their careers, and we expect our associates to conduct themselves appropriately inside and outside the workplace. After an investigation into the circumstances of a video alleging racism by one of our associates, we have concluded that the actions of he and his partner were inconsistent with our values, and the associate is no longer employed by Raymond James.”

Meanwhile, Alexander’s company, LaFace Skincare, has taken down both its website and social media accounts. In a statement over the incident, Birchbox announced in a statement that they had “officially cut ties with LaFace and condemns the actions of Alexander, according to CBS San Francisco. We’ve removed their products from our online show and will not be working with them again in the future.”

Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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“Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Every now and then there is a video or some news that bubbles up through the noise that makes you feel good. There’s another one of those stories coming out of Chicago thanks to a family helping a local paletero.

A viral video shows a family buying a paletero’s entire cooler of paletas.

The family wanted to help the paletero finish his work for the day because it was Father’s Day. After buying him out, the family decided to go one further for the older mand and set up a GoFundMe to help him retire for the life of selling paletas. Don Rosario, the paletero in the video, is 70 years old and is a staple of the East Side community in Chicago.

A GoFundMe for his retirement is raising a lot of money to help him out.

Selling paletas is exhausting work. Walking around all day long in the heat while trying to sell paletas is a demanding job. This family is taking it on themselves to help Rosario finally retire from the work so he can rest and enjoy his golden years.

There was so much love for Rosario that the fundraiser had to be closed and then reopened.

The family who set up the GoFundMe closed the fundraiser at one point, according to an update. This is because they were waiting to get his contact info and the fundraiser has exploded to more than $40,000. Then, after getting the info and enough interest to keep donating, the fundraiser was reopened. If you want to add to Rosario’s growing pot, you can click here.

The act of kindness that started on Father’s Day is still going and giving people hope.

These are dark times. We are still battling a virus. The U.S. is being forced to finally confront centuries of racial inequality. There are so many things happening that can make us mad. However, stories like these remind us that there is still so much good happening out there.

This is a ray of light in a world that is often so confusing right now.

“We’ve been left speechless, there were people from all over the states donating,” Michaelangelo Mosqueda, the GoFundMe creator, told Block Club Chicago. “It has been really eye-opening to see that when we all come together we do some great things for others.”

READ: Starbucks Barista Who Told A Karen To Wear A Mask Receives More Than $49k In Tips