Tamara Harrian is the Arizona woman who is accused of confronting a Latina woman in a racist manner inside of a Phoenix, Arizona, gas station. Harrian, 61, is married to lawyer Robert Harrian. Harrian works as the operations manager at her husband’s Glendale-based law firm. The firm specializes in divorce proceedings.
The video showing Harrian was recorded on June 6. Harrian is shown demanding help inside of the gas station as she says that the outside pump is not working. The man recording the video says that Harrian told a woman who was being served at the counter to “go back to her country.” This is not shown in the video. Harrian tells the clerk not to serve the woman. The other woman squares up to Harrian. After Harrian puts her hands on the other woman, the other woman slapped Harrian in the face. Heavy has reached out to Tamara Harrian for comment on the video.
Multiple Twitter users have labeled Harrian as a Karen, a reference to the popular meme. According to The Guardian’s Elle Hunt, “Karen is a middle-aged white woman with an asymmetrical bob asking to speak to the manager, who happens to be as entitled as she is ignorant.” The piece linked the term to a reference in the 2004 movie Mean Girls. According to Know Your Meme, Karen was added as an extension to the “Can I Speake to the Manager Haircut?” page in 2019. The site’s editor told The Guardian that memes of that ilk have been around since 2014 and were born out of Black Twitter.
The Man Who Recorded the Video Said That Harrian Was Telling People Inside of the Store That She Was the Manager
During the video, Harrian identifies herself as the manager of the store. TMZ reports, citing the owners of the store, that Harrian is not employed there and that she is not welcome at any of the stores in the future. The incident occurred at a Super Pumper station on North 7th Street and East Greenway Parkway in the northern part of Phoenix.
The man who recorded Harrian, Greg Conn, told Fox Phoenix, “[Harrian] was saying that she owned the place, that she was a manager there, but I have spoken with the CEO of Super Pumper — he’s saying that is not the case. She is not affiliated with any of the stores nationwide.” Fox Phoenix has identified the other woman in the video as Karina Rodriguez.
In posting the video on his Facebook page, Coon described the scene saying:
I was checking out and this lady comes into the store all flustered yelling at the clerk to get another clerk to help because the line was getting long and her pump wasn’t working. Another clerk came out and she said to the young lady in the video, she can go checkout in an authoritative manner.
The young lady said “thank you but I don’t need your assistance”. She was clearly annoyed with the lady like everyone else in the store. At this time the lady told the clerk not to serve her, told her she can leave, and go back to her country. That’s when I took out my phone, and the rest is here in the video.
Harrian Is the Leader of the Women’s Ministry at Her Church
A cached version of Robert Harrian’s biography on his firm’s website says that he has been married to his wife “for more than 20 years.” Harrian’s maiden name was Hockamier. The profile says that the couple enjoys traveling and playing golf together. The couple is religious with Robert Harrian serving as a deacon and Harrian acting as a “leader in the Women’s Ministry.” Harrian’s brother is a Christian author and songwriter.
The law firm’s Google Review page has been hi-jacked by people who viewed the gas station video. The firm’s average review is one out of five stars. The two reviews from prior to June 2020 are both negative. One person said that he was charged two times the national average for a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. That person described the firm as being “very shady” in their practice.
According to Harrian’s now-deleted LinkedIn page, she is the operations manager at the Harrian Law Firm. Harrian is a graduate of Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University, where she studied management. Robert Harrian studied at the University College Law School in London, England, and received his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. Robert Harrian has served on the Glendale Board of Adjustment and the Glendale Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a Navy veteran who was born in Bradford, New York.