Covid: Woman, Janene Hoskovec, who was deliberately coughing at shoppers gets fired from job

Covid: Woman, Janene Hoskovec, who was deliberately coughing at shoppers gets fired from job

Janene Hoskovec, dubbed ‘Coughing Karen’ now has to find a new gig after her antics at a grocery store went viral.


Janine Hoskovec, of Arizona, is now out of a job after she was filmed coughing on a mother and daughter who were shopping at a Super Saver grocery store in Lincoln, Nebraska.


The incident occurred on Sept. 3 and quickly went viral after it was shared on Reddit under the title “Anti-Mask Karen Deliberately Coughing on me at South 27th Super Saver,” Newsweek reports. Hoskovec, 54, is accused of harassing shoppers because they were wearing masks amid the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic.



Hoskovec was seen coughing on the woman who is recording her, before calling other shoppers “sheep.” She also proudly proclaims that she doesn’t wear masks because: “I’m not sick and neither are you.”

The 13-year-old daughter of the woman who filmed the encounter shared the clip on TikTok. The girl’s father, who was not at the store, posted the video on Twitter and wrote, “She instigated the whole thing. Picked a mother/child to harass. Think they just wanted to get away. Lady kept following them. Some other folks stepped in. The Super Saver they were at didn’t really do anything – tell the lady to leave/wear mask, etc.. they just broke it up.”


At one point, Hoskovec smiles and claims her allergies are causing her to cough. Watch the moment via the Twitter embed below.

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The Reddit user who posted the video, Jessabird, said in her post, “So my kid and I were at the store tonight to pick up a few groceries when this lady approached us and said politely, ‘Excuse me,’ and to be honest I thought she was going to ask me for help or ask where something was. I was about to say ‘I don’t work here, lady,’ when she asked why we were wearing masks. That’s when I realized that she wasn’t wearing one herself.


I started walking away, while replying, ‘Because of the Delta variant, and also because there’s a mandate.’ Then she went on about how she was born and raised here in Nebraska, and it’s too bad that some Nebraskans have turned into sheep. She asked if I’ve had a vaccine and said that my kid and I don’t need to wear masks because we look young and healthy. There were several other people around wearing masks but for some reason she chose to pick on me and my kid.”


Jessabird continued, “I told her she needs to keep her distance and that her coughing on me was assault. She laughed and kept saying ‘Look at you, it’s so cute how scared you are!’ By this time I was absolutely livid, trying my best to hold it together in front of my kid. I didn’t finish my shopping, instead I went to the self checkout to pay for my stuff.”

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Covid: Woman, Janene Hoskovec, who was deliberately coughing at shoppers gets fired from job
Covid: Woman, Janene Hoskovec, who was deliberately coughing at shoppers gets fired from job

“Next she followed me to use the self checkout right next to mine. I informed the employee manning the checkouts that this woman had assaulted me in the store by coughing deliberately on me, but I didn’t wait around to see what the employee would say in response. I just really wanted to get us the heck out of there.”

The clip has been viewed more than 4 million times on Twitter.


The city of Lincoln has mandated all vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear a mask at all non-residential indoor spaces.

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Hoskovec worked in Tempe at the Arizona branch of SAP, according to her now-deleted LinkedIn profile. The German software company responded to her internet fame in a statement posted to Twitter: “The health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we live and work are of utmost concern to us. We are taking the matter of an SAP employee incident very seriously and investigating the situation.”


On Wednesday, the company added: “We have reviewed the incident and can confirm that the individual in question no longer works for SAP.”


The internet has dubbed Hoskovec ‘Coughing Karen.’


Janene Hoskovec attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, studying engineering, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was a member of the varsity diving and skydiving teams. It was not immediately clear if she graduated from the academy and served in the Air Force. Articles in The Schuyler Sun and The David City Banner-Press from 1984 show she was nominated for appointment to the USAF by Congressman Doug Bereuter.


According to her LinkedIn profile, Hoskovec graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1990. She then completed her master’s degree in business administration at Arizona State University in 1997. Hoskovec earned her law degree, focusing in business, technology, intellectual property and contracts, in 2016 from the Arizona Summit Law School. She also has a certificate of mediation from Arizona Summit Law School.


On LinkedIn, Hoskovec said she was a legal intern in employment law at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2014 to 2015 and was a legal intern in business and contracts law at CBCG law in 2014. A now-deleted Facebook post by a former employer celebrated Hoskovec as an Air Force veteran.

Hoskovec lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to her social media profiles and public records. But she is originally from Nebraska and has family in the Lincoln area.


She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1984, according to an archived article from The Schuyler Sun.


While in high school in Nebraska, Hoskovec was the president of her class, was a member of the swimming and diving teams and was active in Campus Life, a Christian Youth Organization, according to the article.


[The Grio/Wikibious]

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