Some businesses might have reopened but the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world. Naturally, some shop owners want to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers, so they put up signs asking clients to come in through the door wearing face masks. Easy, right? Nope!

Unfortunately, some customers see wearing a mask as a political issue and refuse to put one on. This increases the risk of Covid-19 spreading, so stores have had to get… creative with their signs. Bored Panda has collected some of the wittiest, funniest, and most blunt ‘wear a mask’ signs that shops and restaurants have put up. Upvote your faves and let us know which ones you like best and why.

Bored Panda spoke to Sarah Bingham, one of the co-owners of the vintage clothing shop Antique Sugar, whose hard-hitting and dark sign made a huge splash on the web. She told us all about how she feels about getting so much attention, about the anti-maskers who are sending her hate mail, and whether or not she thinks she’s changed anyone’s mind about putting on a mask.

#1

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

lorigspeaks Report

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

SING IT! We will we will block you!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

21 Businesses That Got Rid Of Their Polite "Please Wear A Mask" Signs And Put Up New Ones As People Don't Listen

reddit.com Report

Linda HS
Community Member
2 months ago

I spat my coffee. There are coffee stains on my cat...again...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

Report

NinjaWolfy94
Community Member
2 months ago

I like this one the most xD

View More Replies...
View more comments

Sarah, who has co-owned Antique Sugar with her friend Annamarie Sanchez for the past 10 years, told Bored Panda that she never imagined that the sign she came up with would blow up the way that it did.

She said she expected only the people who come into the shop to see it. However, she posted a photo of the sign on her personal Facebook page where she asked people if they thought it was too dark. “It was immediately shared several times, and from there someone posted it on Reddit and it took off.”

#4

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

Report

Valquerys
Community Member
2 months ago

This sign is a passive aggressive me

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

StaceyStegman Report

Queen Jackson.
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Hardy har har. Take my upvote

View more comments
#6

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

reddit.com Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
2 months ago

Now there is a reason!

View More Replies...
View more comments

Sarah confirmed that they’ve been getting lots of hate mail. “From what I’ve seen in some of the hate mail we’ve been receiving, the most vehement anti-maskers seem to be far-right politically. They seem to have the ‘don’t tread on me’ mindset. They really don’t want to be told what to do by me, or scientists, or the government, or the media. Which is fine, but in the same sentence, they threaten to report us for violating the ADA.”

She revealed that in her opinion, she doubts that she changed the mind of anyone who had a solid opinion about mask-wearing before she posted the sign. “But I also haven’t had any non-mask-wearing people in the shop since it went up. So I’m declaring my personal battle a victory.”

#7

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

captaincaaveman Report

Maiun
Community Member
2 months ago

That's me!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

matt_CHRIST3NS3N Report

J. Zingler
Community Member
2 months ago

"Nice" signs barely ever work though.......

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

SignsFun Report

NinjaWolfy94
Community Member
2 months ago

Oof...

View more comments

There have been over 11.4 million cases of people infected with the coronavirus worldwide; more than half a million people have died from the illness. The United States has more than 2.89 million cases, the most in the entire world. Brazil is in second place with over 1.6 million infected while India has nearly 698k cases.

#10

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

SvB78 Report

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

Karen has gone from a name, to a trait identifier. I feel bad for all the good Karen's out there.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you! At last. I'm a good person, really, I am. LOL

Load More Replies...
Stille20
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm also getting progressively more disturbed that is a slur against specifically white woman. I've worked in customer service and child care for most of my life and I can tell you while there are no storage of Karens that are white women, most verbal abuse I get comes from men. I also get people playing the minority card and sexual orientation card now. Sorry you can't get the child price. It's not be cause you are a black trans person, it's because you are 35.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
2 months ago

This is becoming a problem. Mostly I think it makes actual racism sound less serious than it is. In addition, I have actually had people assume that I'm a racist, simply because my name is Karen. I understand that that is not the norm, but there are people out there that can't differentiate. Look at the poor kid that played Joffrey in Game of Thrones. He gave up acting because he got so much backlash.

Load More Replies...
Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

I have a late aunt Karen who would have been first ancestor for all the Karens out there today. The woman was a walking nightmare.

Karin Gibson
Community Member
2 months ago

Couldn't they have chosen another name to use as an insult???

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
2 months ago

But then the person with "another name" would be asking, "Couldn't they have chosen another name to use as an insult???"

Load More Replies...
Evil Little Thing
Community Member
2 months ago

When a dirty buffalo tells you to grow up, you have bigger problems than you realize.

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
2 months ago

The only good thing about the Karen meme is that we no longer get "OK Boomer."" Hopefully soon "Karen" will be replaced by something else.

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 months ago

Or hopefully people will just stop using it, since it's a racist term.

Load More Replies...
Oma Dudley
Community Member
2 months ago

This meme has hurt the daily lives of many nice people named Karen. Those of you who torment real life nice women who through no fault of their own have this name are the real "Karen's", insensitive and mean spirited.

Karin Gibson
Community Member
2 months ago

Couldn't they have chosen another name to make into an insult.???

Karen Moyers
Community Member
2 months ago

Another name would not make a difference...It would just hurt another person in my opinion... really sad 😔

Load More Replies...
Sanchi Shiva
Community Member
2 months ago

...

Karen Moyers
Community Member
2 months ago

It really sucks! I am a good person but everyone loves to comment for a laugh...Sooo over it.. I don’t think people realize what they do sometimes...🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 months ago

It's nice how it's okay for a restaurant to post a racist term on their sign like that and no one cares...

Simon Smith
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Bit rude, putting blame on someone on a out door sign🤬

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
2 months ago

My SIL's name is Karen, and she's a wonderful persoon

Sonka
Community Member
2 months ago

this Karen thing is getting old ... and sexist ...

R L
Community Member
2 months ago

I am getting really tired of seeing it. Why can't people just call them out as self entitled and be done with it?

Load More Replies...
Karen Hopson
Community Member
2 months ago

Where on earth did they get that name!!! Why not Susan, or Nancy, or Linda

Mario Garcia
Community Member
2 months ago

The fact that it was the Dirty Buff is why it's no joke

Devon Button
Community Member
2 months ago

Pop over to Facebook page to stop using the name Karen

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
2 months ago

yass get a little bit older "KAREN" 🥴🥴

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
2 months ago

My sister is getting really disgusted with the 'trait identifier' her name has become...that's find another phrase

JJM
Community Member
2 months ago

To all the legit Karens in the world...........I am truly sorry.

JJM
Community Member
2 months ago

To all the legit Karens in the world.....I'm sorry.

Rosemary
Community Member
2 months ago

I bet all the Sharons are happy that their name is no longer used like this.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 months ago

my ex's name is Karen, i hope she doesnt feel too bad.

Adrienne Kushner
Community Member
2 months ago

We need to call them Ivanka.

Tugg Ster
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahahaaa

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

ALL of the people I've seen not wearing a mask were not the same race as Karen, sorry if this offends you but it's true.

Dan Pieniak
Community Member
2 months ago

Just a stupid idea using the name Karen... A few people even go as far as to call is racist.

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
2 months ago

I think that people should use "Ivanka" instead of "Karen".

Azure Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Best one #stupidkarens

Summer
Community Member
2 months ago

got me thinking if karen will be on the fake good place, lol hahahaha

Ria Murphy
Community Member
2 months ago

poor karens of this world . not happy with this new phrase

Si
Community Member
2 months ago

This comment has been deleted.

Lindsay J
Community Member
2 months ago

Because most of the time the people being ridiculous and stupid about this are self entitled obnoxious white women who are approximately boomer aged. Also I believe the term "Kevin" is for the male version of this so... chill out.

Load More Replies...
Max L.
Community Member
2 months ago

This wins.

Kim Stepka
Community Member
2 months ago

Love this!!

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

You love a restaurant using a blatant racist term on their sign? What does that say about you?

Load More Replies...
Maria Bumbac
Community Member
2 months ago

Fuck you!

Edward Hara
Community Member
2 months ago

Fine. I'll cross you off my list of places to eat, since you apparently don't understand freedom and adult responsibility.

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
2 months ago

They don’t want your business anyways then

Load More Replies...
Mary Anne Rayner
Community Member
2 months ago

For some reason, I never use Karen. I always use Lucy ...

Laura Gastelum
Community Member
2 months ago

Susan would have been better

carebear
Community Member
2 months ago

It is fucking racist and sexist to call people Karen. can you imagine calling all burglars "Leroy" or something? There would be fucking riots.

John Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

carebear has missed the Liberal memo that you can't be racist against whites -- silly carebear -- by the way, a HUGE number of burglars are in fact named Leroy. lol

Load More Replies...
Christine Royce
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok, so I get this is supposed to be a joke, but I am also a bit disturbed that this is becoming a slur for a racist, entitled white woman. Please, stop using Karen as a slang word.

Oma Dudley
Community Member
2 months ago

Karen's need to unite and start class action lawsuits against those who use their name as a racist insult, as it has truly damaged the lives of some real Karen's I know who have had people be rude, mean and racist toward them because of the name they were given at birth.

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 months ago

Lawsuit? Are you insane? If black folks have not been able to sue people for the horrible names we have been called over years...then no, you cant sue people for calling you a karen...lolol.

Load More Replies...
Oma Dudley
Community Member
2 months ago

The Karen meme has destroyed the daily lives of some nice women named Karen. Shame on those who use it, they are the real "Karen's" for their insensitivity and mean spiritedness.

Memmy
Community Member
2 months ago

U should watch crazy karens on the internet

Oma Dudley
Community Member
2 months ago

You are an insensitive jerk for using the name Karen as an insult. This has destroyed the daily lives of some very nice women. Sham on you! Stop the Karen meme, it is destructive, racist, mean and petty.

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

SetsuntaMew Report

Lucka Rakowska
Community Member
2 months ago

If it is in sexshop... then it is appropriate ;)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

MajorLeeClueless Report

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Can I still take all my clothes off if I choose to wear my mask?

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#13

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

chrisilluminati Report

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

I've seen this one on BP ABOUT 4 times now, and I still like it!

View more comments
#14

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

HeinieKaboobler Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

Grab them by the money....

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

ScottGreenfield Report

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

No titty or sock money!! The best line on a sign.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

fernandort Report

Gemjoybug
Community Member
2 months ago

The best

View more comments
#17

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

SignsFun Report

Valquerys
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The monsters are still better than the Karens who stay literally 1 inch away from each other. Guess the monsters are us...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

BaconPancake62 Report

Animal Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

At first I thought it said vs receipt in parentheses

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

Dutchie_86 Report

NinjaWolfy94
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Ayy, Aussie social distancing twist? I like it.

View more comments
#20

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

tractornucleareactor Report

J. Zingler
Community Member
2 months ago

But they say Canadians are polite people?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

reddit.com Report

Kel Gal
Community Member
2 months ago

No mask, no tacos????? Now that’s CRUEL!!! 🤣🤣🤣

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Covid-Restaurant-Shop-Signs

scottabeer1 Report

slackjack
Community Member
2 months ago

Those are some nasty lookin feet.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda