Wednesday, March 17, 2010


My friend D and I were on the subway tonight at around 9:00 p.m. There's about a dozen people on our car of the train waiting to pull out of the station, when two guys come out of nowhere, pull a young man off the train, punch him and steal his Iphone, all in less than 60 seconds. We were all so startled that we didn't realize what was happening until it was over. At first it appeared that maybe they all knew each other and were just goofing around, but once it became obvious that this wasn't the case, it was too late. As soon as the perps left we asked if the young man was okay and notified a transit worker about the incident.

As the train pulled out of the station and we all sat there in shock, I had a moment of vigilante rage well up, thinkin' it would've been great to go all Jodie Foster ala "The Brave One" on their punk asses.

Fact is so much stranger than fiction.

tall penguin

1 comment:

CyberLizard said...

I watched someone get stabbed in front of me in a mall. While I stood there frozen with my kids in a stroller in front of me. Part of me was ashamed that I basically froze up rather than, oh, I don't know, throw myself over my kids to protect them or something.

The reality is that it happened so quickly that the average person who hasn't been trained to react to unexpected physical violence such as that wouldn't have time to respond.

It was a freaky experience and I still don't go back to that mall. Completely irrational, since it was a one-off event from a couple of stupid gang kids, but still.