Lauren Balsamo the Starbucks Coughing Karen

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June 6th, 2020

Lauren Balsamo went to New York City Bagel & Coffee House in Astoria without a face mask. Some other customers that felt unsafe about this talked about her not wearing a mask. Lauren lashed out calling yelling “pussy, you’re just a pussy! say it to my face!” and proceeded to cough at the other customers. Workers of New York City Bagel & Coffee House stayed away and continued to work.

Coughing Karen at Coffee Shop
When Lauren Balsamo realized she might be becoming famous

June 12th, 2020

The incident which was caught on video went viral on all social platforms. Reddit / Twitter / Facebook and the internet went to work.

Found Lauren Balsamo’s Instagram lbalsamo93 was since then made private

Lauren Balsamo lbalsamo93’s instagram

They found her LinkedIn Lauren Balsamo – Assistant Research Coordinator at Weill Cornell Medicine in Astoria, New York

Lauren Balsamo’s Linkedin Page

Weill Cornell has been bombarded with messages since and has addressed Lauren.

Message from Lauren Balsamo’s employer, Weill Cornell Medicine

Lauren Balsamo has not been an employee of WCM since Jan. 2020. As an institution on the COVID-19 frontlines, this behavior is shocking & abhorrent to us. Since WCM’s mission is to protect the health & wellbeing of all NYers, we condemn this flagrant disregard of public safety.


One Reply to “Lauren Balsamo the Starbucks Coughing Karen”

  1. I hope they track her down and shame her. That’s disgusting behavior. She may be asymptomatic and now has spread the virus to an innocent person.

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