You know her as "Corner Store Caroline"—but her name is Teresa Sue Klein and she's gone viral for being yet another in a long line of people to call the police on people of color for no reason.
This time the person was a child, which is part of why the video has been shared so many times. Teresa seems shockingly determined to use the police as her personal butlers—but more on that later.
The incident started at a small neighborhood store in Brooklyn, New York.
Teresa leaned over a counter to reach for something. A moment later, a mother and two young children made their way behind Teresa.
According to Klein, the young boy grabbed her. She argued with the boy's mother for a moment before pulling out her phone and calling the police—telling them that she was sexually assaulted by a child.
A crowd began to form trying to get Teresa to go away and leave the child alone. Both children can be heard clearly scared and crying.
The police responded 17 minutes after the call was made, but a report was not filed.
A passerby got the call on video.
He posted it to Facebook where it got over 5 million shares. There were millions more on Twitter.
People were FURIOUS.
The story doesn't end there, though.
The community called out for answers, and soon enough reporters were on the case. Andrew Ramos of PIX11 in New York was able to find Teresa, find the surveillance camera footage and completely clear the child of any wrongdoing.
The footage clearly shows Teresa bend across the counter and the mother walk behind her with her two children. The little boy doesn't even seem to notice Teresa and both of his hands are in plain view.
When he moves past her, his backpack brushes against her for a moment, but the child never touched her and didn't even seem to realize his backpack bumped her.
Ramos tweeted the footage.
The store owner explained that Teresa has a history of this sort of thing and is known to be "unwell."
That idea was supported when reporters tried to talk to her at her apartment. Ramos recorded video that shows Teresa talking to them through her apartment door and then calling the police claiming they threatened her with violence.
No such threats can be heard and officers who responded made no arrests.
Teresa did eventually give an interview.
In it, she sticks to her story that the little boy grabbed hr. She then claims that she didn't watch the footage, that she was calling the police on the mother and that she never claimed to be a police officer.
Footage disproves all of those claims.
There is video on Twitter of Teresa standing in the store with a crowd full of people watching the footage. The footage of her initial call to officers shows her making a complaint about the child "assaulting" her, not mentioning the mother. The video also shows her shout at someone that she was a cop.
Teresa will not budge on her version of events, regardless of what can be proven.
We guess she is committed to the #CornerstoreCaroline narrative.
People don't seem surprised, but they do seem upset—particularly for the child involved.
Teresa issued a rambling apology where she called herself an "unemployed Buddhist humanist and feminist."
She denied being racist. Her neighbors disagree, claiming Teresa has written racial slurs in chalk in front of the building in the past.
They also claim Teresa has a thing for calling the police on people.
Teresa says she never wrote racial slurs, but acknowledges frequently calling the police. It's worth noting that Teresa only apologized to the kids. She specifically stated that her apology did not extend to the mother, who Teresa blames for the whole incident.
How is mom to blame?
She stood up for her child rather than walking away.
“I would like to apologize to her daughter and her son but not to her. She could have walked away, but she didn’t."
"I’m also a Buddhist, [but] I let my temper show. I’ve been called racist before, and I’m not.”
No word yet on whether mental health issues will be investigated by the police or DA.
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