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‘Karen’ ordered to pay almost $30,000 for defaming vet online

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This era of high dissatisfaction and overblown outrage has witnessed the rise of ‘Karens’. They are easily offended, difficult to deal with, frequently want to complain to the manager, and know the price of everything and the value of nothing. They won’t let pesky facts stand in the way of their opinions, because they are always right, even when they are wrong.

In this case, a Karen’s nasty and factually inaccurate online campaign against a veterinary surgeon and his practice has backfired, resulting in her being ordered to pay damages with interest, as well as having an injunction imposed against her from making similar smears. But right to the end in true Karen fashion she never admitted that she had overreacted, let alone that she had done anything wrong.

the bitch
the Albion Karen

 

THE FACTS

The initial dispute

On 4 October 2014, Carrie ‘Karen’ Curtis (then Barlow) attended the Albion Vet practice with her dog, who required treatment after being attacked by two other dogs. Her dog was provided treatment by Albion Vet, including sedation, pain relief, cleaning and suturing wounds and dispensing of post-operative antibiotics. She was charged $427 for these services and was provided with a tax invoice for the fees and charges.
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