'Ikea Karens' abuse staff after they are told to put on masks in Sydney

Two women hurled abuse at Ikea staff and told them to 'shush' after refusing to wear face masks while shopping at the furniture giant.

Video footage showed the 'Ikea Karens' raise their voices at a checkout operator at the exit of an Ikea store in Sydney. 

Masks were made mandatory in certain situations across Sydney to combat the coronavirus outbreak on the Northern Beaches.

Masks must be worn while shopping and on public transport - among other inside settings - or Sydneysiders risk a $200 fine.  

Video footage showed the 'Ikea Karens' raise their voices at a checkout operator at the exit of an Ikea store in Sydney.

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The Ikea worker turned her back to the women and appeared to attempt ignoring the pair

Video footage showed the 'Ikea Karens' raise their voices at a checkout operator at the exit of an Ikea store in Sydney (pictured)

The footage begins during an argument, where one of the shoppers tells an Ikea worker standing behind the counter to 'shut up'. 

'This is the fourth time today. Enough,' the woman says.

Her shopping partner, a woman who is behind the camera, then talks at the female worker, who is wearing a black face mask.

'You know people have medical conditions, they have trauma, rape, abuse,' she said.

'They have a multitude of reasons as to why they are exempt. It is part of the law. It is unnecessary to act this way.' 

The Ikea worker turned her back to the women and appeared to attempt to ignore the pair. 

She then tried to interject and say something before walking away. 

A male colleague then stepped in front of the worker and began talking to the two women. The man said 'you don't need to film her', to which the woman said she was allowed to

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A male colleague then stepped in front of the worker and began talking to the two women. The man said 'you don't need to film her', to which the woman said she was allowed to

A male colleague then stepped in front of the worker and began talking to the two women.

The man said 'you don't need to film her', to which the woman said she was allowed to.

'It is my right to film her,' the woman behind the camera continued.

The other woman then explained the pair were stopped four times while walking through Ikea.

'If I'm not wearing a mask, there is a reason,' she said.

The male worker replied: 'That's fine', to which the woman said: 'Shush, don't cut me off'.

'The website says if you cannot wear a mask, you don't have to.

Masks must be worn while shopping and on public transport - among other inside settings - or Sydneysiders risk a $200 fine. Pictured: Commuters exit St. James Station in the city on Monday

Masks must be worn while shopping and on public transport - among other inside settings - or Sydneysiders risk a

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