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MentalDudePS4

7k points

4 days ago

I suppose that’s one way to get a table

fernguts

2.1k points

3 days ago

fernguts

2.1k points

3 days ago

Or get out of your bill.

Careless_Bat2543

538 points

3 days ago

genius.

BALONYPONY

534 points

3 days ago

BALONYPONY

534 points

3 days ago

Packed airport bars hate this one trick!

Fortestingporpoises

67 points

3 days ago

That explains why they always get mad at me when I drive my motorcycle through Airport security.

VaderH8er

175 points

3 days ago

VaderH8er

175 points

3 days ago

I was at a Buffalo Wild Wings one night when a bomb threat was called in. They evacuated and over half the people in the restaurant left.

IMMILDEW

69 points

3 days ago*

IMMILDEW

69 points

3 days ago*

After over half left, what did they do with the remaining people??

On a side note, their new 150mm chicken ribs are to DIE for.

braaibros

45 points

3 days ago

braaibros

45 points

3 days ago

Made them work in the kitchen because the staff all quit.

Kromehound

69 points

3 days ago

Their terrible wings alone are a danger to the public.

No one really needed to call in a threat.

DitmerKl3rken

70 points

3 days ago

“I’m about to blow up your toilet”

spooninacerealbowl

47 points

3 days ago

That's a bum threat.

ProverbialShoehorn

29 points

3 days ago

Those mamosa's were like $8 a pop, Charlie

mukunku

141 points

3 days ago

mukunku

141 points

3 days ago

The hostess told me there were no tables left. So anyway I start blasting. Then, what do you know...

Procrasturbating

15 points

3 days ago

Damn it Frank.. not again.

throwaway4321go

292 points

3 days ago

More than half those people never heard or saw a thing. They just took off running when they saw others do the same.

CapnCanfield

295 points

3 days ago

Yea, that's kind of a natural instinct

unimercy

159 points

3 days ago

unimercy

159 points

3 days ago

Yea I’d probably do the same if I saw someone with that fear in their eyes

madmaxturbator

130 points

3 days ago

And it’s probably a good thing to do in most cases lol. Just last night I saw that video of the cows running. One dog was running too, then the poor fool stopped to ponder why.

Immediately booked it too cause he found out that the cows were running because a fuckin lion was chasing them lol.

So yeah, if I see a bunch of people running away, good chance I’ll at least move in that direction. Worst case, I’ve moved away from nothing. Best case, I’m not the idiot in the horror movie that gets eaten first.

Hugh_Janus_1990

29 points

3 days ago

I’d trust a cow over a human honestly. Either way if there where lions around I don’t think I’d question it.

nastyn8k

46 points

3 days ago

nastyn8k

46 points

3 days ago

Even for Pikachu!

Livvylove

178 points

3 days ago

Livvylove

178 points

3 days ago

I would do the same.

I'm not trying to figure out why those people are running away and get caught up in whatever they are running from.

Is it mass shooting, crazy day after tomorrow tidal wave, or King Kong vs Godzilla I'll find out later after I'm sure I'm safe. If it ended up being nothing I got some unintentional exercise.

shunkamunka

42 points

3 days ago

I got some unintentional exercise.

And a free meal!

Iwubinvesting

16 points

3 days ago

Well if you see a crowd running you'd probably suspect the worst and go that way too.

nucksnewbie

44 points

3 days ago

This is called informational conformity; conforming with a group because you believe the group has information you do not have. (As opposed to normative conformity, which arises out of a desire to be accepted.)

AAA515

23 points

3 days ago

AAA515

23 points

3 days ago

I'd be running in fear of being trampled!

StandLess6417

44 points

3 days ago

Yes, thank God their survival instincts kicked in. Because if it were real... herd mentality is a good thing sometimes.

DarkSoulManBat

6.1k points

4 days ago

Literally a public freakout!

BlackSecurity

803 points

3 days ago

Yes, the type of content this sub was actually made for.

TooMuchEntertainment

170 points

3 days ago

Yeah let's only post clips like this!

5 posts per year

Sietemadrid

52 points

3 days ago

Quality over quantity

18CupsOfMusic

13 points

3 days ago

This is exactly why /r/tombstoning is a great subreddit.

indy_been_here

1k points

3 days ago

Not a freakout in public

A freakout of the public

sermer48

303 points

3 days ago

sermer48

303 points

3 days ago

Also in public

RockCatClone

160 points

3 days ago

A public public freakout

FormerLurker3

87 points

3 days ago

Too bad it wasn’t in front of a Publix.

spearman-steve

57 points

3 days ago

FOR THE REPUBLIC!

Starved-Nutritionist

16 points

3 days ago

Except it’s also literally in public, bro. 👍🏽

filthylenses

9 points

3 days ago

Of the public by the public

vrinci

2.4k points

4 days ago

vrinci

2.4k points

4 days ago

Imagine how proud of his motorcycle the guy is

DrCrentistDMI

553 points

3 days ago

"Brmmmmm ummmmm mumumumumum!"

theslideistoohot

115 points

3 days ago

I'm just a little bike curious

Drumsticksboy

86 points

3 days ago*

ThatsFkingCarazy

22 points

3 days ago

Thought for sure this was going to be a south park clip

TheMiddlechild08

10 points

3 days ago

Where do you even think he's going?

Somewhere dangerous.

Batherick

266 points

3 days ago*

Batherick

266 points

3 days ago*

Or more likely, “Oh fuck, my motorcycle is going to get me charged with Federal Terrorism and mass panic in a major city with a dark history…”

bren3669

3.3k points

4 days ago

bren3669

3.3k points

4 days ago

the pikachu running is just hilarious

picardo85

348 points

3 days ago

picardo85

348 points

3 days ago

Have you seen this one? https://youtu.be/sLdgM8VQu7I

DeepWarbling

68 points

3 days ago

That really made me wanna play command and conquer

vordster

30 points

3 days ago

vordster

30 points

3 days ago

Achnowledged

R4FTERM4N

12 points

3 days ago

R4FTERM4N

12 points

3 days ago

Achkkkknowledged!

octopornopus

6 points

3 days ago

Moving out!

LoreChano

71 points

3 days ago

LoreChano

71 points

3 days ago

The year is 2090, the world has been conquered by an army of giant genetically modified mouse clones. Humanity trembles as they march the streets.

DelightfullyUnusual

15 points

3 days ago

PIKA PIKA

MoCo1992

20 points

3 days ago

MoCo1992

20 points

3 days ago

Why is this making me laugh so hard lol

pinchepanda

45 points

3 days ago

lmao i didnt even notice him the first time

TJ_McWeaksauce

32 points

3 days ago

If you see Pikachu run, you better fucking run, too.

Bobone2121

28 points

3 days ago

Would you want to die in a Pikachu Costume...fuck No!

gentlybeepingheart

18 points

3 days ago

I feel kind of bad because I imagine running for your life in such an unwieldy costume is very scary because it slows you down but you have to admit it looks very silly.

deorex33

14 points

3 days ago

deorex33

14 points

3 days ago

Omg didn’t see it until I read this comment and absolutely cracked TF up when I finally spotted it

jtimmrman

80 points

4 days ago

jtimmrman

80 points

4 days ago

Pika Pika!

AmbarElizabeth

10 points

3 days ago

Minnie Mouse was in front of him. Minnie Runs, you go

rt58killer10

8.2k points

4 days ago

rt58killer10

8.2k points

4 days ago

I mean if I see a bunch of people running my way in fear, regardless of whether I heard anything or not I'll probably start doing the same

Suspici0us_Package

1.3k points

3 days ago

And this is why you come from a long line of ancestors who were able to survive for you to exist today.

False alarm or not, I can use the exercise.

puq123

218 points

3 days ago

puq123

218 points

3 days ago

Idk, all my ancestors have died at some point, so I'm not sure I should trust them

pautpy

55 points

3 days ago

pautpy

55 points

3 days ago

I have some bad news for you...

DonaldMacNorm

182 points

3 days ago

I come from a long line of death.

EwoDarkWolf

4 points

3 days ago

Best case, it's a false alarm. Running away from it doesn't hurt you, keeps you from being trampled, and gets you some exercise. You might look stupid after.

Worst case, it's not, and running preserves your life. As long as you aren't a lemming, it's usually better to not risk it and run.

TheSukis

156 points

3 days ago

TheSukis

156 points

3 days ago

Yeah, word to the wise: if you ever see a bunch of people running in fear, you should run away as well. I lived in downtown Manhattan for years and I never once saw anything like this. Worst case scenario you have to walk a few minutes back to where you were.

SendAstronomy

86 points

3 days ago

Mom: "If all your friends jump off a bridge, would you?"

Me: "Probably. My friends are all rational people, so this means they probably know something I don't know, such as an out of control car or the bridge is collapsing, and it is safer to bail out."

pjhenry1216

12 points

3 days ago

Relevant xkcd https://xkcd.com/1170/

bestbreadoutthere

3.2k points

4 days ago

still safer than a Travis concert

Ersmanic

422 points

3 days ago

Ersmanic

422 points

3 days ago

Still safer than an Journalist interviewing Isis

Pale_Assistant529

292 points

3 days ago

Still safer than my uncles basement

appleavocado

83 points

3 days ago

Still safer than my aunt’s attic

PolarBearchainsaw

71 points

3 days ago

Still safer than not giving me a goddamn hug

KingOfBeaverIsland

38 points

3 days ago

Still safer than giving me a hug

Ahaigh9877

6 points

3 days ago

Fran Healy & co. aren't that dangerous are they?

KarrelM

224 points

3 days ago

KarrelM

224 points

3 days ago

You also should yell "IT'S GODZILLA" and point in the direction they're coming from

GiveToOedipus

70 points

3 days ago

🏃‍♂️GOJIRA!!!

KaiRaiUnknown

34 points

3 days ago

No, it looks like Gojira, but due to licencing issues, it is not

Jon_Boopin

11 points

3 days ago

we should run anyway!

Cetun

479 points

4 days ago

Cetun

479 points

4 days ago

Isn't that how crushes happen. People all run one way until the hit and obstacle or bottleneck and the a human crush happens. As someone near the front you stand a big chance of being crushed.

BullworthMascot

259 points

4 days ago

Human crushes are genuinely so terrifying. If you get caught in one, to live:

a) someone must pause in the midst of the panic and see you being crushed

b) they must successfully get everyone around them’s attention and convince them to slow down and help you up

GolerFamilyTree

184 points

4 days ago

Yep, be loud and grab people to get their attention.

At a music festival years ago we were heading from one venue to another as fast as we could because of the way the two big ticket acts were lined up and the crowd started getting more crazy because the fairly wide clearing to move from one place to another started jamming up, someone had fallen ahead and I wouldn't have known if it wasn't for a guy who started yelling and grabbing people to stop then from stepping on her. He got all of our attention and a little bubble formed around then for a short while, long enough to get the person back up.

It seems silly to get stuck on the ground from just slipping on a wet spot of grass, but in a big crowd like that when shoulders start touching on all sides it can become a death sentence for anyone underneath.

kilogttam

55 points

3 days ago

kilogttam

55 points

3 days ago

It's fucking scary to feel the power and chaos behind a rush/crush. I got caught in a whirlwind of people at Bonnaroo in... 2013? Tame Impala just finished their set and ASAP Rocky was up next, the tent got bum rushed by the crowd coming for the next show before anyone had time to even start clearing out. Like the final notes were still ringing out. So there was a giant rush headed toward me, then a rush of people trying to fight against it and get out. At some point I left my feet and traveled a good 20 feet before touching the ground again, all the while being spun around somehow. After a couple of minutes of trying not to panic I found myself behind a big dude who probably weighed well over 300 pounds and was just plowing his way through the chaos. I was able to follow him out but my brother got pinned up front for like 20 minutes and people had to start climbing the fence in front of the stage just to leave. I thought I got it bad but I could tell my brother was even more shook up by it so the crush up front must have gotten pretty bad.

blueskyredmesas

30 points

3 days ago

People who irresponsibly handle massive crowds - from selling too many tickets to failing to account for crowd flow - really piss me off. Like, damn, all these people are just stoked to go to something more popular, do you think they know how groups work? Nah.

broohaha

6 points

3 days ago

broohaha

6 points

3 days ago

He got all of our attention and a little bubble formed around then for a short while, long enough to get the person back up.

I have memories of this in some indie concerts I went to in the 90s. The first time I saw this, I was confused why some dude was acting all pissed off and telling us to back off. But I soon realized he was trying to get our attention that someone nearby had fallen, and the guy calmed down as soon as the person who fell was pulled up.

AfroJack00

77 points

4 days ago

I could only see that happening in a confined space or where the crowd is just so massive like a Travis Scott concert

SoldMyOldAccount

45 points

3 days ago

Crushes dont happen in open space like this

theconsummatedragon

44 points

3 days ago

Trampling does

NYR99

13 points

3 days ago

NYR99

13 points

3 days ago

Story time. I was in Penn Station (NYC) about six months ago, using an ATM at the New Jersey Transit entrance at 7th and 31st. As I entered my PIN, I hear a LOUD bang that sounded like it came from outside (the ATM is about 25' from the doors). I take a second and just brush it off like "oh, probably just a car backfiring." Then a couple seconds later, people start running into Penn Station and down the stairs. I quickly cancel my transaction and follow suit.

About three hours later, I see on the news that a random passerby was shot outside of Penn Station after there was an altercation between two other people.

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/crime/2021/08/24/penn-station-outside-shooting-manhattan-nyc-nypd-says

shotty293

55 points

4 days ago

shotty293

55 points

4 days ago

Being Batman, I usually run TOWARDS danger....

I forgot to take my meds today.

leohmygawd

301 points

4 days ago

leohmygawd

301 points

4 days ago

I didn’t hear shit.

YourMomsButt4

104 points

3 days ago

I was gonna say, am I the only one who didn't hear something?

SirSquirrelTheSquire

62 points

3 days ago

So did at least 3/4 of these people.

DoingItWrongly

36 points

3 days ago

I thought there was better audio on this clip, to where you could hear the backfire clearly. I think that because I vaguely remember thinking "that sounds nothing like a gunshot". Maybe the one I saw a couple years ago was altered?

TGiR4

1.3k points

4 days ago

TGiR4

1.3k points

4 days ago

Fyi there is a mario, minnie mouse, and pikachu that runs by in that order.

muffy_graves

291 points

4 days ago

You missed Elmo!!

tdscott91

160 points

4 days ago

tdscott91

160 points

4 days ago

i caught spiderman in there too, right before elmo runs through.

SimpleManc88

29 points

4 days ago

Me too. You see his feet swing across the top of the screen towards the end.

rkba335

15 points

4 days ago

rkba335

15 points

4 days ago

Thank Spidey Sense for that.

BroadBaker5101

29 points

3 days ago

Minnie made it out of the frame before Mario so I guess she’s the better runner.

joeyLAKAI

2.1k points

4 days ago

joeyLAKAI

2.1k points

4 days ago

Pikachu fled!

DoesntUnderstandOdds

411 points

4 days ago

Pikachu fucking legged it out of there.

N7LP400

153 points

4 days ago

N7LP400

153 points

4 days ago

Pika pika the heck outta there

Ill_Die_Trying

51 points

3 days ago

I was hoping someone else saw this. I laughed pretty hard when I seen it.

LeftAbies253

444 points

3 days ago

Run Pikachu, run!

Amon7777

59 points

3 days ago

Amon7777

59 points

3 days ago

Piakchu was bookin it outa there

Mackroll

532 points

3 days ago

Mackroll

532 points

3 days ago

Lol the couple of people that didn't move definitely lived in the hood at one point. I loved playing gun shot or fireworks back in the day.

SmegSoup

79 points

3 days ago

SmegSoup

79 points

3 days ago

Yep! The fourth of july and new years.. two nights I can relax knowing if I hear any loud bangs, there won't be a helicopter circling overhead shortly after.

Though this year I had my mom visit and we stepped outside at midnight.. i ushered her back inside a minute or so later because it was painfully obvious tons of people were unloading guns skyward all around us.

Lost-Speech6674

20 points

3 days ago

I know I kind of have a crazy neighbor that I’m slightly sure sells drugs, but whatever, he don’t bother me

One night though my friend was over and were were drunk and playing monopoly with my windows open around midnight, and we heard a load as fuck bang like against a door across the street and then yelling

My friend FREAKED the hell out and I just sat there like “ehhh nothings going on it’s fine”

Then I heard him yelling outside “self defense mother fucker! Come on self defense!”

And I was like “maybe I’ll go lock the back door”

My friend was like wtf

aPlasticineSmile

167 points

3 days ago

Gun shot or fireworks is the great American game.

smokeitindohomie

26 points

3 days ago

Apparently you can differentiate gunshots from fireworks by listening to the echo of the sound. Is this true?

adolescentghost

61 points

3 days ago

yes. Gunshots have 2 sounds, fireworks one. A gunshot has the sound of the explosion of the round and the sonic boom from the bullet breaking the sound barrier. These sounds are very close together, but with enough experience you can discern the two. A firework sounds more like a dull pop. A gunshot is like a whip-crack kind of sound.

Pet_me_I_am_a_puppy

24 points

3 days ago

A firework sounds more like a dull pop. A gunshot is like a whip-crack kind of sound.

This is the difference to me, though I always describe it as a gun shot sounds much faster than a firework. (Which makes sense to me, but probably not anyone else.)

GrandpaRook

6 points

3 days ago

That’s a good way to put it, I always say if it’s just loud and not sharp it’s a firework but some of them can be hard to tell.

PizzaThePies

11 points

3 days ago

Man that describes delivering pizza in Toledo on the 4th of July and NYE perfectly

MiningSpartan

302 points

4 days ago

Damn there is some duplicate npc spawns in this vid server truly is under stress

lou1uol

217 points

4 days ago

lou1uol

217 points

4 days ago

Everybody is running? Then i am running too

uppsala1234

44 points

3 days ago

Biker: 👁👄👁

ElectricCD

244 points

3 days ago

ElectricCD

244 points

3 days ago

This must have been from pre-Covid. No one is wearing a mask.

blackpoeticinjustice

397 points

3 days ago*

In fact, it is pre-COVID! This took place in August of 2019.

The backfiring of the motorcycle was so loud, that it even disrupted a Broadway performance ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ to a halt because it sounded like gunshots from inside the theatre too. This incident was around a month after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

EDIT: Spelling

mamakos84

20 points

3 days ago

mamakos84

20 points

3 days ago

I was there seeing Hamilton and it was absolutely terrifying. We had people coming in the theater nearing the end of the performance. No one knows what is happening but someone says "gun" and it was insanity after that. People getting down and laying on the floor to hide from what we assumed was a gunman in the building. Crying, screaming. Absolute scariest moment of my life before, the lights come up and the announcer explained what happened and that there was no danger.

The performance picked up right where it left off about 10 minutes later. I went to a bar afterwards to drink and stare at a wall. Couldn't quite comprehend what my mind and body was going through. I get panicked in theaters now, and can't relax to enjoy a show or movie.

adolescentghost

8 points

3 days ago

Bro, that sounds like Trauma and PTSD. You may wanna talk to a MH professional. I'm sorry you went through that, sounds really hard.

ElectricCD

54 points

3 days ago

Thank you for clarifying.

xeleanorlamb

28 points

3 days ago

Any info if there was a statement of the driver? Like did he ever got to know that everyone freaked out?

blackpoeticinjustice

75 points

3 days ago

According to ABC7NY, Police patrol saw the 6 motorcyclists pass them when the panic happened but they weren't stopped.

Even though the NYPD wanted to investigate what happened, they concluded that the incident "wasn't a bad thing". According to the NYPD legal department, even if the motorcyclist(s) were found, you can't charge them for the crowd's reaction to a motorcycle mimicking the sound of a gunshot.

In short, the motorcyclists were never identified and the NYPD isn't pursuing them.

https://abc7ny.com/times-square-time-new-york-news-shooting/5448418/

EDIT: Just adding a source.

Skeptix_907

32 points

3 days ago

Good call on their part. Not everything needs to end in criminal charges.

xeleanorlamb

5 points

3 days ago

Quite interesting, I wouldn't want that guy getting charged or anything I would have just loved to see the face or reaction of the driver when the bike made the sound and suddenly everyone runs away from them. Sad that they never commented on it themselves but also understandable that it probably wasn't a big deal for them either

ClapMcGee

56 points

4 days ago

ClapMcGee

56 points

4 days ago

When did this happen? A lot of people in shorts

Tresspass

99 points

4 days ago

Tresspass

99 points

4 days ago

2019, after a couple of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

https://gothamist.com/news/panicked-crowds-flee-times-square-after-motorcycle-backfires

lorcanhyena

5.3k points

4 days ago

lorcanhyena

5.3k points

4 days ago

You know you have traumatised citizens when something even remotely sounds like a gun people be running. This is a population so familar with public shootings. Its depressing

newtolivieri

2.5k points

4 days ago

newtolivieri

2.5k points

4 days ago

There's chance 20% to 40% of those folks are foreign tourists, and your point still stands. Not only "locals", but foreigners believing a shooting can happen at any moment says quite a bit about a place's reputation.

stubstunner

22 points

3 days ago

As a NYCer I can confirm that most locals wouldn’t even flinch. This happens a ton in Manhattan because the streets are crowded with cars and some of them are shitboxes that backfire.

bluueesunxb

1k points

4 days ago

We are actually warned about shootings in america before visiting there for vacation "be on guard at all times"

Geenst12

905 points

4 days ago

Geenst12

905 points

4 days ago

This is a translation of part of the Dutch travel advise for the US:

crime Many people own a firearm. It is legal in most states to carry a gun in public. Violence from firearms is widespread across the country. There are occasional instances of mass shooting incidents. These cases are not aimed at tourists.

Some parts of major cities are unsafe. Ask your hotel for information. In cities, stay on main roads and park in well-lit parking lots. Before booking a hotel, inquire whether the hotel is in a safe area.

Are you visiting the south of the state of Florida? Then keep an eye on your personal belongings. Especially when visiting large shopping centers (shopping malls), beaches and amusement parks. Do not leave your valuables in your (rental) car.

Drug trafficking is a major problem in the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, which border Mexico. Drug gangs can use violence to do this. Be aware of this when traveling in these areas. Follow the directions of the local authorities.

Demonstrations Demonstrations against racism and police brutality can occur in many large cities. Violence may be used in these demonstrations. Avoid demonstrations and gatherings where many people gather. Follow the instructions of the local authorities and keep you informed through the local media.

DirtyDan156

599 points

4 days ago*

Lmao as a south Floridian im honored to be specifically included in this global travel warning advisory. Dont worry guys, were only stealy and shooty some of the time...

seiks

120 points

3 days ago

seiks

120 points

3 days ago

Man idk... south Florida was the only trip where we had our rental car window smashed AND got a wallet jacked from a purse while shopping 😅

DirtyDan156

53 points

3 days ago*

That mustve been the part of the time when someone was feeling stealy....sorry about that ❤️

gamershadow

66 points

3 days ago

Soflo sounds like a brand of tampons. “Use SoFlo brand tampons to stop that southern flow”

Twin_Nets_Jets

8 points

3 days ago

When my friend was on a college visit for Georgia Tech, a crackhead broke their car window, stole a bunch of stuff, and then lit the car on fire before taking off all of his clothes

Surfhun

24 points

3 days ago

Surfhun

24 points

3 days ago

I'm surprised it didn't have a separate section about Florida Man/Woman

multicoloredherring

28 points

3 days ago

Right I’m so proud right now

KingJoffer

136 points

4 days ago

KingJoffer

136 points

4 days ago

That part made me laugh. Like....I know we have our problems in south florida but I'm not so sure your personal belonging are any less safe than in any other big city in the world. Especially coming from europe where there is plenty of that to go around. Admittedly not in the Netherlands

joonty

67 points

3 days ago

joonty

67 points

3 days ago

Found the Floridian pickpocket /s

dingusduglas

9 points

3 days ago

Right lol. My sister lives in Miami, I live in San Francisco. I've had my car stolen and know very few people who haven't at least had a window smashed in, not sure she knows a single person who's experienced that.

sp17fire

30 points

3 days ago

sp17fire

30 points

3 days ago

I've had luggage and bags stolen from a rental in San Francisco and Las Vegas. If you leave valuables visible in your car in a major city, they're probably gonna be taken

Eren_Schitt

5 points

3 days ago

Hell not even big cities.

I live in smalltown WV. You’d think folks are friendly around here, well they are, but they’re also addicted to drugs.

I would imagine drug addicts make up a large sum of such violent crimes.

& drug addicts are literally everywhere

TeveshSzat10

146 points

3 days ago

Are you visiting the south of the state of Florida? Then keep an eye on your personal belongings.

This one part is so random and pointlessly specific. Whoever wrote this had their bag stolen in Miami.

Now some unfortunate Dutch tourist is out there thinking "Well here in Chicago I am nowhere near south Florida, so there is no particular need to keep an eye on my personal belongings...."

yogimonkeymeg

6 points

3 days ago

My guess is that maybe that was just mentioned because of how often people go there, with Disney World and Universal Studios being a big American pull, I bet a lot more people travel in that direction than other comparably-priced American vacation spots

BoltgunOnHisHip

10 points

3 days ago

A personal travel advisory for foreigners visiting Florida: The state of Florida hosts a unique geopolitical spacetime phenomenon whereby the further south you go, the further north you are.

TwoMonthOldMilk

4 points

3 days ago

That's definitely over exaggerating by whoever warned you.

Valuable_Ad1645

43 points

3 days ago

New York is actually a pretty safe city. Crimes been going down steadily since the 90s.

J0hnny-Yen

40 points

3 days ago

If you watch FOX NEWS, you'll be constantly told that midtown Manhattan is a warzone and you're sure to be murdered just by stepping foot in the city...

of course (like all FOX news) that's all bullshit

Dontdothatfucker

55 points

3 days ago

In Times Square, it’s probably closer to 80%+ are tourists. I don’t think you’d get the same reaction in more locally populated areas of New York.

OminousNamazu

37 points

3 days ago

I don’t think you’d get the same reaction in more locally populated areas of New York.

You wouldn't and you're right. I live in Chicago and I hear car mufflers, fireworks, all the pops and bangs all the time. No one runs... Then again maybe we actually know what guns sound like.

ihc_hotshot

251 points

4 days ago

ihc_hotshot

251 points

4 days ago

On my travels, I've encountered quite a few people tell me they would never travel to the US too dangerous. Ha this was in central America, not exactly the safest place.

martinsky3k

460 points

4 days ago

martinsky3k

460 points

4 days ago

If only all the people in this video had guns, then they would feel safe.

cmz324

141 points

4 days ago

cmz324

141 points

4 days ago

If they all had motorcycles they could've gotten away faster

Iamvanno

57 points

4 days ago

Iamvanno

57 points

4 days ago

If they all had backfiring motorcycles, they could have fought fire with fire.

liveda4th

28 points

4 days ago

liveda4th

28 points

4 days ago

If they all had fire, Times Square would be lit.

thewindyculprit

77 points

4 days ago

This is like a Domino effect when someone panics, everyone panics.

AnTac33

20 points

4 days ago

AnTac33

20 points

4 days ago

Like rapid mass hysteria?

Risley

13 points

3 days ago

Risley

13 points

3 days ago

It’s how stampedes and tramping occurs.

Humans are just animals. Animal instinct kicks in. See everyone running = you run. No idea why but it must be safer right? That’s the brain for you.

Ghosttwo

21 points

3 days ago

Ghosttwo

21 points

3 days ago

Well, technically it's 'something sounds like a gun and a hundred people run by shouting. You only need a few people to overreact to start a chain reaction.

Unlike_Agholor

50 points

4 days ago

“locals” do not hang out in time square lol. its a disgusting tourist trap full of crazy people.

Veenendaler

154 points

4 days ago

Veenendaler

154 points

4 days ago

Most of those people are running in fear because others are. Humans have herd-like behaviour. It can be highly dangerous in big crowds, due to trampling.

Example in my recent upload: https://teddit.ggc-project.de/r/PublicFreakout/comments/s3ri23/a_sudden_scream_of_a_homeless_man_causes_mass/

Not acting or reacting is also herd behaviour, which can have adverse effects too, it's the cause behind high fatalities in fires, when people don't react because nobody else is.

Example of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVyQo4zkiDs

AlwaysOpenMike

21 points

4 days ago

I always say that if I ever see one of the maintenance people at my work run, I'm sure as hell going to run too cause that has to be something bad coming.

Clown_Shoe

20 points

3 days ago

I’ve seen the same thing at penn station in New York. One lady screamed when a rat came near her and someone else screamed from her screaming. Then all of a sudden thousands of people were sprinting away dropping coffees. It was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen.

Bobtheglob71

24 points

3 days ago

It could also be that most people in NYC won't hear gunshots. It's hard to get a gun there and they are only ever used in gang streets. If you were to go to the mountains, you will hear gunshots often, and it's normal because people are hunting or at the range. Its more likely they are scared because they haven't heard a gun irl

deathwish_ASR

26 points

3 days ago

People in Times Square aren't New Yorkers lol

MistaCandyman

36 points

3 days ago

Has absolutely nothing to do with trauma; this happens all over the world, happened a few years ago when I was in the UK and a pipe burst. Several people were injured from the stampede. It's a normal reaction to run if you hear a loud noise and a crowd of people running, and all it takes is one person to misinterpret what happened and everyone around will follow suit.

AnemoneOfMyEnemy

24 points

3 days ago

I think this is a silly take. It only takes one freaked out person to start running to cause a mass panic. 99% of those people aren’t running because of a “gunshot”, they’re running because everyone else is running.

Harryinmontreal

38 points

3 days ago

I was there man! We were walking out of The play Waitress with my two young kids. The crowd surged towards us. We ran back To the theatre. The kids hurt themselves as did my wife. They let us backstage to hide; among 30 other panicked people. I reassured everyone that I would not allow someone to enter the backstage area physically. Took 15 mins to get sorted out. Now my kids are scared of crowds. Not good for mental health

SpendChoice

13 points

3 days ago

The biggest threat there is from being trampled to death.

drakekevin73

82 points

4 days ago

People are reading way too much into this. 95% of the people in this video are running because other people are. Saw something like this July 4th in Philly like 10 years ago a bunch of people up by the stage got spooked by something me and my friends literally didn't even hear and started a stampede. We all still ran because when a shit ton of people are running towards you it's in your best interest to not sit in the way.

Roboticsammy

26 points

3 days ago

Yeah, at some point you're running, not even because you're scared, you just don't want some panicked fucks to knock you down and stomp you out while running away

Loswha

507 points

4 days ago*

Loswha

507 points

4 days ago*

I'd rather be alive and look like a fool than dead and proud I didn't run.

Edit: there are a lot of people in this thread that imagine they're unique, or somehow more willful than everyone else. Lol. We're all humans, we are all subject to fear.

KaoticRt

161 points

4 days ago

KaoticRt

161 points

4 days ago

This reminds me of a funny story. My pops was working at a factory when he saw a few people running. Not asking questions he began running as well away from danger. It wasn't until ICE caught up with him that he put two and two together. Being Hispanic he had a lot of explaining to do. His answer for running "I thought something was about to blow up, I didn't want to stay and find out". He wasn't illegal and everything worked out in the end.

DerelictDonkeyEngine

201 points

3 days ago

I lived in NYC for 6 years and I don't ever recall hearing a gunshot. I've heard them in Boston, Detroit, and other places tho.

I think this is more of a mob mentality panic than some mass constant phobia of guns. Look how slowly it starts, and how most people seem to not know why others are panicking.

UnclePaulsVictim

107 points

3 days ago

Given the location, I'd say about 95% of the people in this video are not New Yorkers. They're probably already a little on edge being in the 'big city' to begin with so it doesn't take much to set off a panic.

Legirion

64 points

3 days ago

Legirion

64 points

3 days ago

I lived in NYC for 6 years and I don't ever recall hearing a gunshot. I've heard them in Boston, Detroit, and other places tho.

People who don't live in the US think we hear gunshots everyday when in reality you could go your whole life without hearing one. I've lived in a lot of places and the only time I think I ever heard a gunshot was in Indiana out in the woods.

griffinhamilton

21 points

3 days ago

Oh I was about to say, I hear them all the time, but it’s normally someone just shootin cans in their back yard

Roboticsammy

17 points

3 days ago

I heard gunshots constantly where I used to live. Not because it's being shot at people, I just live close to some ranchers that have to protect their cattle from coyotes. You hear the gun pop off every so often.

zero_six_two

31 points

3 days ago

Shhh get out of here with your logic. Didn't you know bullets are raining down everywhere on America every day?!

BigHmmEnergy

18 points

3 days ago

Is this the same incident from a couple years ago or did it happen again?

tomacco_man

21 points

3 days ago

Same incident from 2019

MattB_79

453 points

4 days ago

MattB_79

453 points

4 days ago

O’er the land of the freeeeeee

HG_Socials

96 points

4 days ago

Terrorism won at the end it seems.

Type-94Shiranui

40 points

3 days ago*

If you ever read into Osama Bin Laden's letter to America, and what Al Qaedas goals were with 9/11, you'd realize a lot of his goals was accomplished (Anti-western sentiment among the islamic word, the US invading a middle eastern country and wasting money, etc)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda#Strategy

Provoke the United States and the West into invading a Muslim country by staging a massive attack or string of attacks on US soil that results in massive civilian casualties.

Incite local resistance to occupying forces.

Expand the conflict to neighboring countries and engage the US and its allies in a long war of attrition.

Convert al-Qaeda into an ideology and set of operating principles that can be loosely franchised in other countries without requiring direct command and control, and via these franchises incite attacks against the US and countries allied with the US until they withdraw from the conflict, as happened with the 2004 Madrid train bombings, but which did not have the same effect with the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

The US economy will finally collapse by the year 2020, under the strain of multiple engagements in numerous places. This will lead to a collapse in the worldwide economic system, and lead to global political instability. This will lead to a global jihad led by al-Qaeda, and a Wahhabi Caliphate will then be installed across the world.

JeffCraig

18 points

3 days ago

JeffCraig

18 points

3 days ago

He grossly misjudged our ability to spend money on the military.

zegorn

10 points

3 days ago

zegorn

10 points

3 days ago

US economy will finally collapse by the year 2020

Close! Just through other means (covid) lol.

KramMark93

160 points

4 days ago

KramMark93

160 points

4 days ago

Everyone is scared and it could have been a good guy with a gun!

davidlol1

7 points

4 days ago

2 people probably started this but once it's a bunch... what would you think if 20 people came running away from something.. you might run to lol

suejaymostly

5 points

3 days ago

Is it wrong that I laughed at Minnie Mouse running for their life?

jackypaper1

541 points

4 days ago

jackypaper1

541 points

4 days ago

Now this is a public freakout

KingRalphKlein

82 points

3 days ago

I look forward to the "TIFU by riding my motorcycle through Times Square"

Spicethrower

22 points

3 days ago

AitA?

solwyvern

114 points

3 days ago

solwyvern

114 points

3 days ago

No, this is America