Ahhh, Disneyland. Fun, happiness... pepper spray?
Actually, it was a Disneyland's sister park, California Adventure. From the OC Register,
A man was arrested for assault after repeatedly attacking security guards, who pepper sprayed him, at Disney California Adventure.
The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday when a man attacked security guards near the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. Guards repeatedly tried to restrain the man and pepper spayed him, but the man kept going after the guards, as seen on the YouTube video.
Several takeaways from the video:
1. Note how effective or, in this case, ineffective the pepper spray was on immediately stopping the man's behavior. This guy was, ostensibly, an older drunk man. But what if one is faced with an attack from a large, muscular, angry man? If this example is any indication, you hitting him with pepper spray may eventually make him go away, but will most likely immediately make him angrier.
2. Also, note how effective or, in this case, ineffective the security response was. After being repeatedly pepper-sprayed, the man then attacks one of the security guards, taking him to the ground. It's then that bystanders come in to restrain the man. Essentially, the first responders to this incident were park guests.
3. Lastly, note the nuttiness displayed by the woman shouting "Stop! There are kids here!" Yeah? So what? Did she really expect a rational response from this guy? If you're faced with erratic behavior close by your children, I'd suggest immediately increasing the distance between yourselves and said behavior.
4. Finally, after seeing the swift takedown and restraining of this man </sarcasm>, and you're thinking about making sure you are prepared for defending yourself and your family, when visiting a Disney park, think again. Per their FAQ page, weapons of any kind are not allowed in the park.
Remember those action movie scenes where the cop commandeers a citizen's car?
Well if a cop (or wanna-be cop) ever comes running up to you, while you're in your vehicle, just keep driving. From the OC Register,
How many movies have you seen where the crime-fighting hero commandeers a bystander's car, embarks on a wild chase that leads to a shootout and the capture of the crook – along with a spectacular wreck that destroys a car or 50?
But how often do you see the part where the guy who owns the commandeered vehicle is an octogenarian trying to park peacefully at a Jack in the Box who now has to deal with the hassle of paying for a rental car, paying to store the wreckage of his old car, sorting out insurance issues, and arguing with authorities over whether he really ever gave consent to have his car appropriated for heroic purposes in the first place?
Like I said, just keep on driving.
A $71,000 average pension for public safety workers? Sign me up!
And remember... we need to close libraries and parks.
What if you had a School Board meeting re: a teacher's alleged hard core p@rn career?
And NO parents showed up?