Again, the cellphone video has come to the rescue.
This time on a United Airlines flight on which a 69-year only passenger, randomly selected to have to be booted off the plane to make room for airline employees, declined to give up the seat he had paid for. When he was asked to vacate his seat by security personnel, he refused to get off the plane voluntarily, on the basis that he was a doctor and he had to see patients the next day. So the security personnel dragged him out of his seat and in the process bloodied his face, broke his nose, and knocked out a couple of his teeth.
All of it was, of course, captured on a cellphone and posted on social media for all the world to see.
No, the security people were not justified in roughing him up. No, they should have never dragged him off like a common criminal, and no, no matter how much he resisted, there was no reason to behave this way.
But I digress.
What I really want to know is —
Do people routinely keep their cameras out and at the ready just in case a confrontation occurs?
How is it that they are all able to capture the moment in seconds of anything happening.
These people are so “Johnny on the Spot” — so ready in a New York minute to point, click and stream — that you would think that they spend their time just waiting for this sort of thing to happen.
I don’t know how they do it so fast. Whenever I want to video something it takes me like 20 minutes just to figure out how to turn the camera part on, let alone video it.
Besides, its really hard to video anything when you are busy running in the other direction.
Not for Nuthin,™ I don’t know about you, but my parents always taught me that if any confrontation occurred to run as fast as my legs could carry me away from the incident, not toward it. Let alone to stop, aim and shoot.
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