Hey 3.5 readers.
So, I’m about four years late in hearing about this which, I know, shocker, I’m such a pop culture guru.
But this one flew under my radar until I saw it recently.
In 2012, a fight broke out between a man and a woman on a subway train. As you can see in this CNN video, they go after each other pretty good. You can hear bystanders yell things like, “Hey! Whoa, whoa, whoa!” to no avail.
But then a man just nonchalantly walks between them and starts eating potato chips.
Somehow, this act deescalated the situation. I’m no expert but my assumption is that when two people are angry at each other, emotion takes over and they focus on their anger and tune out the outside world. The people telling them to stop become background noise and I have to assume that had someone tried to pull one of them away, he may have gotten hurt.
But “Snack Man” just walked through the scene, acting kind of obtuse, like he didn’t really know what the two were doing (so they couldn’t necessarily be mad at him) but also became a reminder to the two people that there were other people on the train that were witnessing them so they should chill out.
Eh, I mean, me personally, I wouldn’t advise anyone to put themselves at risk and even though the tactic worked in this instance, another attempt at being “Snack Man” could very well lead to a valiant potato chip eater getting the chips slapped out of his face, but otherwise, the video is an interesting social science experiment caught on film:
What say you, 3.5 readers?