I linked to this story in The Cooler yesterday and really didn't take time to comment as is usually the case in the Cooler. But I spent the better part of yesterday thinking about what happened here so I thought I would post about it today. Although I originally read about the story in the Sun-Sentinel, the wiz kids at the Tribune Company still haven't joined the modern world and figured out embed codes for their videos, unlike NBC Miami. You can see the video in its entirety at the Sun-Sentinel link.
Okay. So a couple things about what happened here.
One, the fact that at any time and at any place in South Florida, any one of us can be confronted with a wacko or someone in a bad mood or having a bad day. Our trip to a gas station or supermarket or drugstore can change our lives forever.
Two, the victim in this video doesn't do anything to defend himself. Nothing. He gets hit and pushed and kicked and doesn't do a thing. Amazing.
Three, the customers do nothing to interrupt this beat down. They scamper out of the way or leave the store. The store clerk calls 911. Bottom line: don't count on your fellow South Floridians to come to your aid if someone starts kicking your ass.
Four, once, just once, I would love to see the following happen and be fully recorded. Tough guy throws a punch. Victim calmly takes one step back, reaches under his shirt and pulls out his 9 mm. What happens next is up to the former tough guy. In most cases, I'm sure the battle would end right there as the former tough guy slinks off and out the door. In a minority of cases, the victim would get an excellent opportunity to apply his practice range shooting skills to a real life scenario. Center mass, anyone? Sort of like "Game Day" in the sports world. I would place my bets on the guy with the lead.
This tape would then be widely distributed to all the TV stations in the area and, hopefully, it would go viral on YouTube so that every Neanderthal muscle head out there has a Forrest Gump moment and realizes that you don't know what you're going to get when you open that box of chocolates.