Some people find the NYC subways “Showtime” dancers either entertaining or hella annoying, or are just ambivalent. One Brooklyn man found himself catching a fade at the hands of these MTA gymnasts.
To add insult to injury, he claims they beat with his own hula hoop.
It’s 2017, so think about that for a second. But all jokes aside, what led to his trouble was the victim trying to defend an older couple who allegedly was being harassed by a trio of subway performers.
Jean Loup Wolfman told CBS New York the exclusive details:
With a black eye and 10 staples to the head, Wolfman recounted the moment he was beaten up late Sunday afternoon. He said he tried to stop an older couple from being harassed by three fellow dancers on the train because the couple did not tip them.
“He starts screaming at the guy, like violently, ‘I will slap that beanie off your head!’” Wolfman said. “And then he goes to the guy’s yarmulke like this, and he slaps the yarmulke off the guy’s head.”
Wolfman said he asked the dancer to back off, and it set the dancer off. Once they got off the train and started walking, he told the man he too is a dancer and that he gave them a tip.
“And the guy kept coming running back at me, like, with a fist,” Wolfman said.
Even after being pushed around and threatened, Wolfman said he tried to make light of the situation. He took out his hula hoop — asking his fellow dancers if they wanted to have a dance challenge. That clearly did not work.
“He started hitting me with the hula hoop and stuff, and at that point, I just started screaming for police,” Wolfman said.
Although good Samaritans stepping up is an ideal, injuries like the ones suffered, or even fatalities (see: the two men killed in Portland by a domestic terrorist), are why more times than not people hesitate to step in.
Watch Wolfman detail the entire struggle below. Homie seems a little…eccentric. No shots.
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