As if we needed any more proof that idiocy is universal there’s been a craze of sorts in parts of Europe for awhile now known as “Happy Slapping” where assholes go out in search of random unsuspecting strangers to slap silly while a fellow asshole records the act on video to be shared on the Internet later. It doesn’t seem that this “fad” has made the jump to America just yet and one can always hold out hope that it doesn’t.
Even if it does there’s always hope that people simply won’t put up with it. People like the victim in this Times Online article who turned the tables on his attacker:
A passer-by emerges from the shopping arcade: a smaller man, wearing a leather jacket, a bag slung over his shoulder.
The happy slapper runs towards him, drawing back one arm to swing and catch the man full in the face.
The victim recoils in pain and drops the bag.
He sees his attacker turn and walk back to his friend, who is laughing and still recording the scene.
Incredulous, he screams with rage. He asks his attacker what he was doing. Judging by his accent, he appears to be from Liverpool.
The victim then approaches the youth and throws a fierce right-hand jab, punching him on the chin and knocking him unconscious.
The man holding the camera phone shouts his friend’s name but carries on filming.
The man in black regards his assailant sprawled out on the floor.
Then he picks up his bag and storms off, still muttering in anger.
Damn straight. You can see the really crappy video capture of this slapper getting his comeuppance at this link.
Now I can’t say for certain if I’d respond in a similar fashion should I ever be the victim of a Happy Slapper, but I’d like to think most folks would think twice before trying that crap on me.
Link via Boing Boing.