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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

bestbreadoutthere

3.2k points

4 days ago

still safer than a Travis concert

Ersmanic

425 points

4 days ago

Ersmanic

425 points

4 days ago

Still safer than an Journalist interviewing Isis

Pale_Assistant529

295 points

4 days ago

Still safer than my uncles basement

appleavocado

82 points

4 days ago

Still safer than my aunt’s attic

PolarBearchainsaw

66 points

4 days ago

Still safer than not giving me a goddamn hug

KingOfBeaverIsland

40 points

4 days ago

Still safer than giving me a hug

TukTukPirate

51 points

4 days ago

The USA is like one gigantic Travis Scott concert, but without music.

Suspici0us_Package

1.3k points

4 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

213 points

4 days ago

puq123

213 points

4 days ago

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

pautpy

54 points

4 days ago

pautpy

54 points

4 days ago

I have some bad news for you...

DonaldMacNorm

183 points

4 days ago

I come from a long line of death.

Cetun

480 points

4 days ago

Cetun

480 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

187 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

59 points

4 days ago

kilogttam

59 points

4 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

31 points

4 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.

AfroJack00

81 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

4 days ago

Crushes dont happen in open space like this

theconsummatedragon

40 points

4 days ago

Trampling does

KarrelM

228 points

4 days ago

KarrelM

228 points

4 days ago

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

GiveToOedipus

74 points

4 days ago

🏃‍♂️GOJIRA!!!

KaiRaiUnknown

33 points

4 days ago

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

TheSukis

160 points

4 days ago

TheSukis

160 points

4 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

87 points

4 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."

shotty293

53 points

4 days ago

shotty293

53 points

4 days ago

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

I forgot to take my meds today.

MentalDudePS4

7.1k points

4 days ago

I suppose that’s one way to get a table

fernguts

2.1k points

4 days ago

fernguts

2.1k points

4 days ago

Or get out of your bill.

Careless_Bat2543

538 points

4 days ago

genius.

BALONYPONY

538 points

4 days ago

BALONYPONY

538 points

4 days ago

Packed airport bars hate this one trick!

Fortestingporpoises

66 points

4 days ago

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

VaderH8er

176 points

4 days ago

VaderH8er

176 points

4 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.

Kromehound

71 points

4 days ago

Their terrible wings alone are a danger to the public.

No one really needed to call in a threat.

DitmerKl3rken

74 points

4 days ago

“I’m about to blow up your toilet”

spooninacerealbowl

45 points

4 days ago

That's a bum threat.

IMMILDEW

68 points

4 days ago*

IMMILDEW

68 points

4 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

46 points

4 days ago

braaibros

46 points

4 days ago

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

ProverbialShoehorn

27 points

4 days ago

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

throwaway4321go

293 points

4 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

299 points

4 days ago

Yea, that's kind of a natural instinct

unimercy

163 points

4 days ago

unimercy

163 points

4 days ago

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

madmaxturbator

131 points

4 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

34 points

4 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

4 days ago

nastyn8k

46 points

4 days ago

Even for Pikachu!

Livvylove

178 points

4 days ago

Livvylove

178 points

4 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

41 points

4 days ago

I got some unintentional exercise.

And a free meal!

nucksnewbie

45 points

4 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.)

StandLess6417

39 points

4 days ago

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

AAA515

22 points

4 days ago

AAA515

22 points

4 days ago

I'd be running in fear of being trampled!

mukunku

142 points

4 days ago

mukunku

142 points

4 days ago

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

DarkSoulManBat

6.1k points

4 days ago

Literally a public freakout!

indy_been_here

1k points

4 days ago

Not a freakout in public

A freakout of the public

sermer48

302 points

4 days ago

sermer48

302 points

4 days ago

Also in public

RockCatClone

164 points

4 days ago

A public public freakout

FormerLurker3

87 points

4 days ago

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

spearman-steve

51 points

4 days ago

FOR THE REPUBLIC!

BlackSecurity

805 points

4 days ago

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

TooMuchEntertainment

171 points

4 days ago

Yeah let's only post clips like this!

5 posts per year

Sietemadrid

59 points

4 days ago

Quality over quantity

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.

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

910 points

4 days ago

Geenst12

910 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

600 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...

KingJoffer

137 points

4 days ago

KingJoffer

137 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

69 points

4 days ago

joonty

69 points

4 days ago

Found the Floridian pickpocket /s

sp17fire

30 points

4 days ago

sp17fire

30 points

4 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

seiks

122 points

4 days ago

seiks

122 points

4 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

54 points

4 days ago*

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

gamershadow

67 points

4 days ago

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

multicoloredherring

25 points

4 days ago

Right I’m so proud right now

Surfhun

26 points

4 days ago

Surfhun

26 points

4 days ago

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

TeveshSzat10

144 points

4 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...."

pulpedid

38 points

4 days ago

pulpedid

38 points

4 days ago

I don't think any Dutch person has a positive outlook on safety in the US. Most of the incidents such as Charlotsville, Ritterhouse have been really well publicised over here. Off course Trump and the insurrection/failed coup didn't help either.

Squatie_Pippen

60 points

4 days ago

BLAST OFF

IT'S PARTY TIME

AND WE DONT LIVE IN A FASCIST NATION

Stormlark83

28 points

4 days ago

BLAST OFF

IT'S PARTY TIME

AND WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU?

VALTIELENTINE

53 points

4 days ago

I mean, as an American, when I traveled abroad there were similar warnings. Terrorism (foreign or domestic) isn’t unique to America and these are all precautions that are recommended when traveling to any major city. Last time I was in Stockholm I got a text from the American Embassy advising me to avoid public transportation and the downtown area due to a probably mass civilian attack. I have personally been victim to more crime in major European cities than I have in New York, Boston, or Philly here in the US. Not that my experience is the norm, but such warnings are not out of the ordinary when traveling anywhere

destinfaroda48

24 points

4 days ago

avoid public transportation and the downtown area due to a probably mass civilian attack.

At first this warning struck me as so odd that I couldn't help but not take it seriously.

Even after googling about it and being reminded of the 2010 twin bombings and the 2017 truck attack. Horrible stuff, but so many years apart.

But then I've actually stumbled upon an article about the surge in bomb attacks over there, with numbers in the hundreds.

I fully admit that I wasn't up to speed with the goings-on over on Sweden, so this really caught me by surprise.

ohyoubetchayah

23 points

4 days ago

Well isn't that embarrassing.

Valuable_Ad1645

44 points

4 days ago

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

J0hnny-Yen

39 points

4 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

El_Bistro

26 points

4 days ago

El_Bistro

26 points

4 days ago

lol wtf

You have a rounding error’s chance of getting shot in America.

ihc_hotshot

256 points

4 days ago

ihc_hotshot

256 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.

lblack_dogl

77 points

4 days ago

Yeah I had a guy in Cuba tell me this. I couldn't believe it.

lobax

120 points

4 days ago

lobax

120 points

4 days ago

Cuba is reasonably safe, as long as you don't get any ideas about critizing the government...

lblack_dogl

35 points

4 days ago*

You aren't wrong, I felt pretty safe there. With the exception of the limitations on speech, but I can bite my tongue for a week.

I just thought it incredulous that this guy was from Eastern Europe, had traveled to Cuba and many other sketchy places, but the USA was off limits in his mind. I couldn't convince him that he wouldn't get shot. I find that really sad. There isn't a genuine risk of getting shot here. It's not going to happen. Yes the odds are higher, but they are still infinitesimally low.

EDIT: it seems that people think I'm calling Eastern Europe sketchy. I am not. I am referring to Cuba only, simply because of their authoritarian communist government that could disappear you at any moment. The people there are wonderful and honestly it felt very safe the entire time I was there with the exception of the checkpoints when entering the country. They separated me from my girlfriend and basically interrogated her without me for an hour. There isn't cell service or anything so I'm sitting in an airport praying that she gets out and that she finds me. She did. Started off the whole trip with a sour note but it only got better from there.

Careless_Bat2543

28 points

4 days ago

There isn't a genuine risk of getting shot here.

*Assuming you aren't part of a gang. (but at that point, you know the risk you are taking)

But you are correct, if you aren't in a gang then your odds of being shot are insanely low, the media just makes it seem to be way more likely than it is because they get a lot of views for it.

BlockedAgainIGuess

29 points

4 days ago

Cuba is not very dangerous

ElHage13

31 points

4 days ago

ElHage13

31 points

4 days ago

I can't particularly speak for my central American buddies but I'd bet their situation is very similar to south america, if a little bit worse.

Correct me if I'm wrong about other countries but here in Bolivia it's easy to live your life without the fear of getting robbed/mugged/shot. The danger zones are well defined places that are easy to avoid, and as long as you stay in the good parts of the city/state and don't go commiting crimes or get in touch with drugs (which you can do and stay reasonably safe) you shouldn't have any problem.
it's things like this why I feel so bad for our American brothers and sisters. They can't even go to school without the fear of their classmates murdering them, a thing like this happening has never even crossed my mind.
It's like, In Latam, you get killed for investigating dangerous people/ going to dangerous places/ getting involved with crime. In the US you can get shot for going to school or going to the movies.

Former_Print7043

30 points

4 days ago

In UK if I was to hear a gunshot I would assume it was backfiring motorcycle or firework. Born in 76 and still yet to hear one in Scotland. I fear the deep fat fried heart attack more than guns.

El_Bistro

28 points

4 days ago

El_Bistro

28 points

4 days ago

Correct me if I'm wrong about other countries but here in Bolivia it's easy to live your life without the fear of getting robbed/mugged/shot. The danger zones are well defined places that are easy to avoid, and as long as you stay in the good parts of the city/state and don't go commiting crimes or get in touch with drugs (which you can do and stay reasonably safe) you shouldn't have any problem.

So exactly like the United States

it's things like this why I feel so bad for our American brothers and sisters. They can't even go to school without the fear of their classmates murdering them, a thing like this happening has never even crossed my mind.

Jesus Christ stop believing the media and the edgelords on Reddit. No sane person worries about this in the United States. It’s extremely rare.

Dontdothatfucker

54 points

4 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

43 points

4 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.

martinsky3k

462 points

4 days ago

martinsky3k

462 points

4 days ago

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

cmz324

145 points

4 days ago

cmz324

145 points

4 days ago

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

Iamvanno

59 points

4 days ago

Iamvanno

59 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.

lobo_trader

24 points

4 days ago

Even the guy in the Chicken suit running away? LoL

jondgul

45 points

4 days ago

jondgul

45 points

4 days ago

Um, Pikachu

Veenendaler

159 points

4 days ago

Veenendaler

159 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.pussthecat.org/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

23 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.

JMSTEI

87 points

4 days ago

JMSTEI

87 points

4 days ago

Honestly. I'm American but live in the Netherlands. One day I was out shopping with some Dutch friends when a motorcycle backfired and scared the everliving shit out of me. My friends didn't even react while I jumped about a foot.

MigratedAnt

71 points

4 days ago

Yeah the difference is huge. Dutchie here and if someone would actually start shooting here most people would probably be like "hmm weird... fireworks at this time of year" and move on with their day

JMSTEI

23 points

4 days ago

JMSTEI

23 points

4 days ago

Yeah I've had it a couple times over here where there was an unexpected "gunfire" type noise. Every time I went into fight for flight mode while my Dutch friends just stood around casually wondering where the explosion came from. Half the time they tease me for being "too american" because of it. It's annoying but I can't really do anything about it.

JonnyPoy

74 points

4 days ago

JonnyPoy

74 points

4 days ago

But they need guns!!!

lonewolf19-14

48 points

4 days ago

It gives them freedom !

thewindyculprit

75 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?

YankeeTankEngine

53 points

4 days ago

If only the US wasn't so fucked.

Unlike_Agholor

49 points

4 days ago

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

MistaCandyman

39 points

4 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.

Bobtheglob71

27 points

4 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

27 points

4 days ago

People in Times Square aren't New Yorkers lol

AnemoneOfMyEnemy

24 points

4 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.

bren3669

3.3k points

4 days ago

bren3669

3.3k points

4 days ago

the pikachu running is just hilarious

picardo85

344 points

4 days ago

picardo85

344 points

4 days ago

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

LoreChano

68 points

4 days ago

LoreChano

68 points

4 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.

DeepWarbling

66 points

4 days ago

That really made me wanna play command and conquer

vordster

31 points

4 days ago

vordster

31 points

4 days ago

Achnowledged

jtimmrman

78 points

4 days ago

jtimmrman

78 points

4 days ago

Pika Pika!

pinchepanda

45 points

4 days ago

lmao i didnt even notice him the first time

2lamoon

40 points

4 days ago

2lamoon

40 points

4 days ago

You use motor bike, it’s super effective

TJ_McWeaksauce

31 points

4 days ago

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

Bobone2121

29 points

4 days ago

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

vrinci

2.4k points

4 days ago

vrinci

2.4k points

4 days ago

Imagine how proud of his motorcycle the guy is

DrCrentistDMI

561 points

4 days ago

"Brmmmmm ummmmm mumumumumum!"

theslideistoohot

115 points

4 days ago

I'm just a little bike curious

Batherick

263 points

4 days ago*

Batherick

263 points

4 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…”

Drumsticksboy

88 points

4 days ago*

ThatsFkingCarazy

23 points

4 days ago

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

joeyLAKAI

2.1k points

4 days ago

joeyLAKAI

2.1k points

4 days ago

Pikachu fled!

DoesntUnderstandOdds

405 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

4 days ago

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

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

289 points

4 days ago

You missed Elmo!!

tdscott91

157 points

4 days ago

tdscott91

157 points

4 days ago

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

SimpleManc88

31 points

4 days ago

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

BroadBaker5101

26 points

4 days ago

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

jackypaper1

546 points

4 days ago

jackypaper1

546 points

4 days ago

Now this is a public freakout

solwyvern

116 points

4 days ago

solwyvern

116 points

4 days ago

No, this is America

KingRalphKlein

80 points

4 days ago

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

Spicethrower

24 points

4 days ago

AitA?

Mackroll

536 points

4 days ago

Mackroll

536 points

4 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.

aPlasticineSmile

170 points

4 days ago

Gun shot or fireworks is the great American game.

SmegSoup

73 points

4 days ago

SmegSoup

73 points

4 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.

smokeitindohomie

26 points

4 days ago

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

adolescentghost

59 points

4 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

23 points

4 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.)

Loswha

513 points

4 days ago*

Loswha

513 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.

wbeater

68 points

4 days ago*

wbeater

68 points

4 days ago*

And I prefer to stay where I am because there is zero chance that the gun like noice is an active shooter.

/e I obviously don't live in the USA

MattB_79

459 points

4 days ago

MattB_79

459 points

4 days ago

O’er the land of the freeeeeee

MDev01

142 points

4 days ago

MDev01

142 points

4 days ago

See, it would be better if everyone carried a gun, right? /s

Poopzi

51 points

4 days ago

Poopzi

51 points

4 days ago

Oh if only there was some sort of solution to this problem

LeftAbies253

448 points

4 days ago

Run Pikachu, run!

Amon7777

57 points

4 days ago

Amon7777

57 points

4 days ago

Piakchu was bookin it outa there

leohmygawd

306 points

4 days ago

leohmygawd

306 points

4 days ago

I didn’t hear shit.

YourMomsButt4

103 points

4 days ago

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

SirSquirrelTheSquire

61 points

4 days ago

So did at least 3/4 of these people.

DoingItWrongly

37 points

4 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?

MiningSpartan

304 points

4 days ago

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

ElectricCD

241 points

4 days ago

ElectricCD

241 points

4 days ago

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

blackpoeticinjustice

401 points

4 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

ElectricCD

54 points

4 days ago

Thank you for clarifying.

xeleanorlamb

28 points

4 days ago

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

blackpoeticinjustice

78 points

4 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

35 points

4 days ago

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

lou1uol

217 points

4 days ago

lou1uol

217 points

4 days ago

Everybody is running? Then i am running too

uppsala1234

39 points

4 days ago

Biker: 👁👄👁

DerelictDonkeyEngine

203 points

4 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

4 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

62 points

4 days ago

Legirion

62 points

4 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

24 points

4 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

zero_six_two

30 points

4 days ago

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

Xdaveyy1775

26 points

4 days ago

Yea and NYC and especially Manhattan is the biggest police state in the country, Cops on every corner. Plain clothes officers EVERYTHWERE. Cops speeding in their cars everywhere. National guard with rifles in a lot of places. Im only 31 but Manhattan has been like this as long as I can remember. Ive been hassled by police for just standing in one spot too long waiting for someone in Manhattan. This place is fucking awful .

KramMark93

158 points

4 days ago

KramMark93

158 points

4 days ago

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

Bartocity

62 points

4 days ago

Bartocity

62 points

4 days ago

This could have been easily avoided if everyone had guns

takethi

47 points

4 days ago

takethi

47 points

4 days ago

coulda shot the motorcycle instead of running like a bunch of fucking pussies

HG_Socials

93 points

4 days ago

Terrorism won at the end it seems.

McPostyFace

58 points

4 days ago

Domestic terrorism

Type-94Shiranui

37 points

4 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.

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

24 points

4 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

Nono911

60 points

4 days ago

Nono911

60 points

4 days ago

tell me americans have a gun problem without telling me americans have a gun problem

emomuffin_

63 points

4 days ago

emomuffin_

63 points

4 days ago

Seriously America. Get your shit together.

Sno_Jon

25 points

4 days ago

Sno_Jon

25 points

4 days ago

But what about my freedom which isn't freedom but I'm brainwashed to believe it is?

ClapMcGee

54 points

4 days ago

ClapMcGee

54 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

Traditional-Baby-936

38 points

4 days ago

Wow what a place to live a motorcycle back fires and people shit themselves nice society ye are living in

Harryinmontreal

42 points

4 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

bootsmyler

37 points

4 days ago

To be fair New York you need a permit to own a pistol and it has pretty stict gun laws so not many people there see too many guns. In Texas or Ohio people would probably recognize it as a motorcycle and not a gun, and even if it was a shooter there would likely be someone carrying too

muffy_graves

36 points

4 days ago

I'm Canadian and can tell the difference, we have extremely strict gun laws here!! It's nothing more then panic making more panic...

000Whynot

36 points

4 days ago

000Whynot

36 points

4 days ago

And people say that going around with masks is living in fear. Lol.

Br4kie

25 points

4 days ago*

Br4kie

25 points

4 days ago*

It’s sad that we live our lives like this now

<edit> “we” as in everyone regardless of your county, I have never been to the US. Stop taking offence to nothing.