Beth Taska confronted an Asian American family while on a hike near Mount Tamalpais, a peak in Marin County, California, United States on July 4, 2020. Completing a 4-mile hiking circuit, the family comprises a Japanese-American father, a Filipino mother, an 11-year-old daughter, a 6-year-old son and their Maltipoo named Fluffy.
Taska was upset that Fluffy was on the trail. She was wearing a face mask, which dropped when she took her sunglasses off so her face was revealed in the video of the incident recorded by the Japanese-American father.
“You can’t be in this country,” Taska told the family. “You can’t break the law.”
“Excuse me? Can’t be in this country?” The Japanese-American father asked Taska. His first name is Hiroshi and opted not to reveal his last name.
“You can’t break the law,” Taska repeated. The mother commented, “Look at your heritage and go back to where your heritage is from.”
“You can’t be in this country and break the laws,” Taska repeated. “You guys are just breaking the law.”
“You need to mind your own business,” Hiroshi remarked.
“Okay, well, I’ll just call the police,” Taska threatened. “Do you want to give me your name?”
‘What?” Hiroshi could not believe that he was hearing. “Why don’t you give your name?”
“Beth,” Taskta responded. She then walked away upon noticing that Hiroshi was recording.
The video of the incident quickly went viral and Taska was dubbed the Park Ranger Karen. Here are 13 more facts about her:
- She was born in 1969.
- She hails from San Francisco, California.
- She graduated valedictorian and magna cum laude when she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, USA, where she met her husband Robert Taska.
- After graduating from Northern Illinois University, she and Robert served as Peace Corps volunteers in Ecuador where they assisted in small business development.
- She and Robert have a son named Benjamin Taska.
- She earned her master’s degree in public administration with honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.
- She worked at Clearwire, a technology company in Seattle, Washington, USA, as the chief human resources officer.
- She served in a senior human resources role at Gap and at Sears in supply chain and retail.
- She served as a vice president of human resources for 24 Hour Fitness, which is based in San Francisco Bay Area, California.
- She wrote a book titled “Start with Yourself: Lessons in Leadership,” which was published by Balboa Press on February 14, 2017.
- She was mentioned in Jacob Morgan’s book “The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they Want, the Tools they Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate,” which was published on March 27, 2017.
- When the viral video on Mount Tamalpais was taken, she was a chief people officer of Topa Equities, which is based in Los Angeles, California. The company accepted her resignation on July 7, 2020.
- Also on July 7, 2020, she told ABC7 News that her mask muffled her words in the viral video and what the Asian couple repeated was not what she said. She claimed that she “deeply respects the right of all people and regrets her conversation did not illustrate this and wants to work toward unity.”