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Internet Identifies ‘Drunk Karen’ Who Broke Teen’s Fishing Rod In Viral Video
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Internet Identifies ‘Drunk Karen’ Who Broke Teen’s Fishing Rod In Viral Video

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A Tennessee man has sparked outrage after a viral video showed him confronting and threatening two teenagers who were allegedly fishing in his private lake. The incident, which took place in the affluent Admirals Landing neighborhood, quickly garnered millions of views and sparked fierce criticism across various social media platforms after being uploaded on July 6th, 2024.

Highlights
  • A viral video from Tennessee shows a man breaking a teenager's fishing rod in half.
  • The man was identified by users as Matt Webster, chairman of the Haiti Outreach Program.
  • A fellow content creator bought the teens a replacement rod.

The video, shared by a popular Tiktok fishing account, @Fishn_Shi, showed the man trying to get the teenagers to leave. 

“You’re trespassing on private property,” he said, accompanied by a couple of senior citizens.

One of the teenagers recording the interaction responded, “Don’t threaten me! Back off from me.”

The viral clip, which has more than 1 million views, shows an angry man breaking a teenager’s fishing rod in half

Image credits: fishn_shi

The man paced back and forth, visibly angry over being recorded, until he got in front of the camera and threatened to throw the phone into the lake.

“Yeah? Then I’ll press charges,” the teenager retorted.

“We’re just gonna wait for the cops. We’re not going to mess with anything.” 

At this point, the situation escalated as the man quickly lost his temper and started to shout.

“You’re fishing in a private lake!” he yelled. “I’m gonna prosecute, and you’re going to pay all kinds of money because you’re being a d–k.”

“He’s our president! He’s on the board!” a woman could be heard saying in the background.

The heated discussion got worse when one of the kids attempted to resume fishing. This led to the viral moment when, enraged and frustrated, the man snatched the rod—claimed to cost $200—from the teenager’s hands and broke it in half.

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After the clip went viral, internet “investigators” quickly discovered the man’s identity

Image credits: fishn_shi

The clip, in which the kids also claim the man was drunk and called him a “Karen” (an internet slang usually reserved for middle-aged women being rude), quickly spread across the internet. It was posted on platforms like X, Reddit, and YouTube, drawing widespread condemnation.

Many criticized the man’s excessive reaction and aggressive behavior toward the minors. A group of dedicated internet sleuths even took it upon themselves to uncover the man’s identity, and what they found out only added to the outrage.

Image credits: fishn_shi

Dubbed “HOA Larry” by some after the Home Owners Association of America, the man was identified by an X user as Matt Webster, a committee chair for the Haiti Outreach Program in Knoxville, Tennessee, a charity focused on children’s welfare

This revelation added another layer of criticism, with people questioning Webster’s actions in light of his charitable work. 

“Matt Webster. Works for a Catholic organization that ensures underserved children have provisions and care. He’s a genuine peach, huh?” said one user on Tiktok.

A commenter on YouTube also added, “He is committee chairman of the Haiti Outreach Program. Just think about how he treats those poor little black kids.”

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Users have also debated the legal aspects of the conflict, questioning the “private” aspect of the pond

It’s important to note that, according to Tennessee laws, fishing in private waters requires you to be a landowner or part of the immediate family of one. Third parties, such as tenants, can only fish with the permission of the landowner.

Regardless, some disputed the private aspect of the waters where the kids were fishing, as one user noted, “So that’s not a private lake. the state owns the water…so as long as you’re in the water and possibly the bank he can’t say anything.”

Another netizen claimed to have pinpointed the location of the houses present in the video, writing, “Looks like there is only one lake in Admirals Landing. And based on the houses, they were behind this house 9824 St Germaine Dr Knoxville.”

The lake in question is Fort Loudoun Lake, whose waters are indeed public, but the particular pond the teenagers were fishing in appears to be part of the Admiral’s Landing community’s private area.

Image credits: fishn_shi

@fishn_shi Part 2 of intoxicated karen breaking my $200 @St.CroixRods @SlapThatBass was the one holding the rod #fakesituation #fishtok #fishing #karen #fishnshi #karensgoingwild #karensoftiktok #karensinthewild ♬ original sound – FishnShi

@fishn_shi Part 3 Of Drunk Karen Matt Webster Breaking My $200 Rod. Also he did not ask us nicely he walked up screaming at us#fishnshi #karen #part3 #mattwebster #stcroix #fishtok #fishermen #viral #fyp #fakesituation #karensinthewild #karenattack ♬ one of wun – Gunna

The incident caught the attention of fellow internet personality TizzyEnt, who bought the kids a brand-new fishing rod


While the video didn’t show the full resolution of the conflict or the arrival of the police, popular music video director Michael McWhorter (TizzyEnt) uploaded a clip explaining that he talked to the teenagers involved.

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McWhorter confirmed that the kids’ parents have chosen not to press charges. Additionally, he revealed that he purchased the teen a brand-new fishing rod to replace the one broken by Webster.

From wanting the man to be arrested to urging him to repay the kids for the broken rod, users online shared their sentiments

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WonderWoman
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was no need for an adult to act like that. The kids were fishing, not letting off bottle rockets or destroying property. Ask them to finish up for the day and to not return. IF they come back, you call the police. Destroying a fishing rod in a fit of anger is reprehensible and I hope this asshat's reputation is DESTROYED

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Man's reaction was totally out of line. He should have called the cops and let them handle the problem. Now, he's labeled as a angry grouch who cannot contain his temper. The kids were fishing, a nice pastime, not out there drinking or doing d***s!

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JDartz
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We used to have people trespass and trash our property all the time. Last straw was when someone on motorcycle cut through and almost ran my dad over. He was a kind and gentle man, and the next day a fence went up!

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WonderWoman
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was no need for an adult to act like that. The kids were fishing, not letting off bottle rockets or destroying property. Ask them to finish up for the day and to not return. IF they come back, you call the police. Destroying a fishing rod in a fit of anger is reprehensible and I hope this asshat's reputation is DESTROYED

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Granny's Thoughts
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Man's reaction was totally out of line. He should have called the cops and let them handle the problem. Now, he's labeled as a angry grouch who cannot contain his temper. The kids were fishing, a nice pastime, not out there drinking or doing d***s!

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JDartz
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We used to have people trespass and trash our property all the time. Last straw was when someone on motorcycle cut through and almost ran my dad over. He was a kind and gentle man, and the next day a fence went up!

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