Pregnant NYC 'Karen' Paid for Citi Bike at Center of Viral Dispute With Black Man, Lawyer Says

Chris Menahan
May. 18, 2023

Sarah Jane Comrie, the hospital worker smeared in the media as the "Pregnant NYC Karen" who tried to "steal a black man's City Bike," produced receipts showing she paid for the bike at the center of the viral dispute, the NY Post reports.

UPDATE: Attorney Benjamin Crump just deleted the above defamatory tweet. Here's another one with the same video which went viral:

From New York Post, "NYC hospital 'Karen' paid for Citi Bike at center of viral fight with black man: lawyer":
The lawyer for a Manhattan hospital worker accused of taking a Citi Bike from a young black man -- who claimed that he paid for the two-wheeler -- provided receipts that he says show she was the one who purchased the ride at the center of the viral incident.

The Bellevue Hospital employee -- who was branded a "Karen" on social media afterward -- rented the bike first, lawyer Justin Marino said in a statement to The Post Wednesday.

He also provided two Citi Bike receipts from May 12, which were timestamped just minutes apart.

The first receipt reviewed by The Post shows the bike being taken out before it was re-locked one minute later, which Marino said is the bike seen in the video.

The second receipt shows another bike being taken out a minute later from the same docking station and was the bike Marino said his client used to get home after being "heckled and pressured to find a new bike" by the group.

The Daily Mail obtained a copy of the receipt her lawyer says shows "unequivocally" that Sarah Jane Comrie "got the bike first."
[...] [Marino] said after the health care worker wrapped up her 12-hour shift, she got on an available bike, "which no individuals were on or touching," and paid for it through the Citi Bike app on her phone.

As she backed it up from the docking station, a group of five people approached her and claimed the bike was theirs, he said.

"One or more individuals in that group physically pushed her bike (with her on it) back into the docking station, causing it to re-lock," Marino said in the written statement.

One of the individuals then covered the bike's QR code, stopping her from paying for it again so she could leave, Marino said.

"In blocking the QR code, this individual's arm was touching my client's pregnant stomach, a condition of which she had made them aware," he added. "Throughout this time and for the remainder of the video, roughly five individuals were telling her to get off the bike and heckling her."
Dozens of news outlets ran with the black teens' story as though it was gospel.

Attorney Benjamin Crump boldly said she "was caught on camera attempting to STEAL a Citi Bike from a young Black man in NYC" -- likely opening himself up to a defamation suit.

Her own hospital even threw her under the bus over what's clearly an out of context clip!

"We are aware of the video involving a health care provider off duty and away from the hospital campus," NYC Health + Hospitals said in a statement on Tuesday. "The incident in the video is disturbing."

"The provider is currently out on leave and will remain on leave pending a review," the hospital continued. "As a health system we are committed to providing an environment for our patients and staff that is free from discrimination of any kind."

What's disturbing is that they would throw their own employee under the bus just to please a social media mob.

This post has been updated with a copy of the receipt.

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