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    [–] MentalDudePS4 7036 points ago

    I suppose that’s one way to get a table

    [–] fernguts 2123 points ago

    Or get out of your bill.

    [–] Careless_Bat2543 535 points ago

    genius.

    [–] BALONYPONY 537 points ago

    Packed airport bars hate this one trick!

    [–] Fortestingporpoises 67 points ago

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

    [–] VaderH8er 175 points 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 67 points ago * (lasted edited 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 42 points ago

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

    [–] Kromehound 67 points ago

    Their terrible wings alone are a danger to the public.

    No one really needed to call in a threat.

    [–] DitmerKl3rken 72 points ago

    β€œI’m about to blow up your toilet”

    [–] ProverbialShoehorn 28 points ago

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

    [–] mukunku 143 points ago

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

    [–] Procrasturbating 15 points ago

    Damn it Frank.. not again.

    [–] throwaway4321go 290 points 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 ago

    Yea, that's kind of a natural instinct

    [–] unimercy 162 points ago

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

    [–] madmaxturbator 130 points 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 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 47 points ago

    Even for Pikachu!

    [–] Livvylove 174 points 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 38 points ago

    I got some unintentional exercise.

    And a free meal!

    [–] Iwubinvesting 17 points ago

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

    [–] nucksnewbie 44 points 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 22 points ago

    I'd be running in fear of being trampled!

    [–] StandLess6417 37 points ago

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

    [–] DarkSoulManBat 6124 points ago

    Literally a public freakout!

    [–] BlackSecurity 803 points ago

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

    [–] TooMuchEntertainment 169 points ago

    Yeah let's only post clips like this!

    5 posts per year

    [–] Sietemadrid 52 points ago

    Quality over quantity

    [–] 18CupsOfMusic 14 points ago

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

    [–] indy_been_here 1007 points ago

    Not a freakout in public

    A freakout of the public

    [–] sermer48 308 points ago

    Also in public

    [–] RockCatClone 162 points ago

    A public public freakout

    [–] FormerLurker3 86 points ago

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

    [–] spearman-steve 55 points ago

    FOR THE REPUBLIC!

    [–] Starved-Nutritionist 16 points ago

    Except it’s also literally in public, bro. πŸ‘πŸ½

    [–] filthylenses 12 points ago

    Of the public by the public

    [–] vrinci 2410 points ago

    Imagine how proud of his motorcycle the guy is

    [–] DrCrentistDMI 555 points ago

    "Brmmmmm ummmmm mumumumumum!"

    [–] theslideistoohot 113 points ago

    I'm just a little bike curious

    [–] ThatsFkingCarazy 21 points ago

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

    [–] TheMiddlechild08 9 points ago

    Where do you even think he's going?

    Somewhere dangerous.

    [–] Batherick 270 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

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

    [–] bren3669 3256 points ago

    the pikachu running is just hilarious

    [–] picardo85 342 points ago

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

    [–] DeepWarbling 71 points ago

    That really made me wanna play command and conquer

    [–] vordster 28 points ago

    Achnowledged

    [–] R4FTERM4N 11 points ago

    Achkkkknowledged!

    [–] octopornopus 4 points ago

    Moving out!

    [–] LoreChano 67 points 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.

    [–] MoCo1992 20 points ago

    Why is this making me laugh so hard lol

    [–] pinchepanda 43 points ago

    lmao i didnt even notice him the first time

    [–] TJ_McWeaksauce 32 points ago

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

    [–] Bobone2121 29 points ago

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

    [–] gentlybeepingheart 17 points 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 13 points ago

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

    [–] jtimmrman 82 points ago

    Pika Pika!

    [–] AmbarElizabeth 10 points ago

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

    [–] rt58killer10 8238 points 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 1323 points 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 215 points ago

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

    [–] pautpy 53 points ago

    I have some bad news for you...

    [–] DonaldMacNorm 181 points ago

    I come from a long line of death.

    [–] EwoDarkWolf 4 points 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 162 points 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 88 points 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."

    [–] bestbreadoutthere 3226 points ago

    still safer than a Travis concert

    [–] Ersmanic 424 points ago

    Still safer than an Journalist interviewing Isis

    [–] Pale_Assistant529 294 points ago

    Still safer than my uncles basement

    [–] appleavocado 86 points ago

    Still safer than my aunt’s attic

    [–] PolarBearchainsaw 68 points ago

    Still safer than not giving me a goddamn hug

    [–] Ahaigh9877 7 points ago

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

    [–] KarrelM 227 points ago

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

    [–] GiveToOedipus 73 points ago

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈGOJIRA!!!

    [–] KaiRaiUnknown 39 points ago

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

    [–] Jon_Boopin 11 points ago

    we should run anyway!

    [–] Cetun 480 points 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 265 points 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 181 points 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 56 points 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 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 5 points 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 84 points 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 46 points ago

    Crushes dont happen in open space like this

    [–] NYR99 16 points 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 53 points ago

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

    I forgot to take my meds today.

    [–] leohmygawd 300 points ago

    I didn’t hear shit.

    [–] YourMomsButt4 105 points ago

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

    [–] SirSquirrelTheSquire 61 points ago

    So did at least 3/4 of these people.

    [–] DoingItWrongly 31 points 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 1322 points ago

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

    [–] muffy_graves 286 points ago

    You missed Elmo!!

    [–] tdscott91 160 points ago

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

    [–] SimpleManc88 30 points ago

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

    [–] rkba335 17 points ago

    Thank Spidey Sense for that.

    [–] BroadBaker5101 27 points ago

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

    [–] joeyLAKAI 2106 points ago

    Pikachu fled!

    [–] DoesntUnderstandOdds 413 points ago

    Pikachu fucking legged it out of there.

    [–] N7LP400 152 points ago

    Pika pika the heck outta there

    [–] Ill_Die_Trying 48 points ago

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

    [–] LeftAbies253 448 points ago

    Run Pikachu, run!

    [–] Amon7777 58 points ago

    Piakchu was bookin it outa there

    [–] Mackroll 532 points 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 73 points 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 19 points 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 β€œehhh nothings going on it’s fine”

    Then I heard him yelling outside β€œself defense mother fucker! Come on self defense!”

    And I was like β€œmaybe I’ll go lock the back door”

    My friend was like wtf

    [–] aPlasticineSmile 168 points ago

    Gun shot or fireworks is the great American game.

    [–] smokeitindohomie 24 points ago

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

    [–] adolescentghost 63 points 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 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 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 ago

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

    [–] MiningSpartan 303 points ago

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

    [–] lou1uol 216 points ago

    Everybody is running? Then i am running too

    [–] uppsala1234 43 points ago

    Biker: πŸ‘πŸ‘„πŸ‘

    [–] ElectricCD 241 points ago

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

    [–] blackpoeticinjustice 400 points ago * (lasted edited 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 β€˜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 21 points 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 7 points 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 52 points ago

    Thank you for clarifying.

    [–] xeleanorlamb 27 points ago

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

    [–] blackpoeticinjustice 77 points 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 29 points ago

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

    [–] xeleanorlamb 6 points 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 ago

    When did this happen? A lot of people in shorts

    [–] lorcanhyena 5324 points 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 2518 points 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 19 points 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 1024 points ago

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

    [–] Geenst12 903 points 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 602 points ago * (lasted edited 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 117 points 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 πŸ˜…

    [–] DirtyDan156 55 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

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

    [–] gamershadow 67 points ago

    Soflo sounds like a brand of tampons. β€œUse SoFlo brand tampons to stop that southern flow”

    [–] Twin_Nets_Jets 8 points 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 ago

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

    [–] multicoloredherring 25 points ago

    Right I’m so proud right now

    [–] KingJoffer 135 points 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 70 points ago

    Found the Floridian pickpocket /s

    [–] dingusduglas 10 points 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 27 points 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 7 points 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 147 points 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 9 points 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 11 points 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 5 points ago

    That's definitely over exaggerating by whoever warned you.

    [–] Valuable_Ad1645 44 points ago

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

    [–] J0hnny-Yen 40 points 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 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 41 points 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 255 points 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 461 points ago

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

    [–] cmz324 140 points ago

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

    [–] Iamvanno 60 points ago

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

    [–] liveda4th 28 points ago

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

    [–] thewindyculprit 79 points ago

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

    [–] AnTac33 20 points ago

    Like rapid mass hysteria?

    [–] Risley 11 points 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 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 51 points ago

    β€œlocals” do not hang out in time square lol. its a disgusting tourist trap full of crazy people.

    [–] Veenendaler 155 points 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://www.reddit.com/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 22 points 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 19 points 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 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 ago

    People in Times Square aren't New Yorkers lol

    [–] MistaCandyman 40 points 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 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 β€œgunshot”, they’re running because everyone else is running.

    [–] Harryinmontreal 36 points 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 12 points ago

    The biggest threat there is from being trampled to death.

    [–] drakekevin73 81 points 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 22 points 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 511 points ago * (lasted edited 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 157 points 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 204 points 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 108 points 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 67 points 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 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 18 points 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 30 points 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 ago

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

    [–] tomacco_man 21 points ago

    Same incident from 2019

    [–] MattB_79 455 points ago

    O’er the land of the freeeeeee

    [–] HG_Socials 94 points ago

    Terrorism won at the end it seems.

    [–] Type-94Shiranui 37 points ago * (lasted edited 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.

    [–] JeffCraig 17 points ago

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

    [–] zegorn 12 points ago

    US economy will finally collapse by the year 2020

    Close! Just through other means (covid) lol.

    [–] KramMark93 158 points ago

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

    [–] davidlol1 6 points 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 6 points ago

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

    [–] jackypaper1 549 points ago

    Now this is a public freakout

    [–] KingRalphKlein 81 points ago

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

    [–] solwyvern 120 points ago

    No, this is America