By Jethro Randolph/ April 2020
This video was taken a recently during lockdown.
It appears that people are queuing waiting for the store to open or that the store is limiting the number of customers inside.
The subject kicking the doors appears drunk though possibly there may be other factors driving his behaviour. The blocking of his wish to enter the store possibly for more alcohol is triggering typical scripted posturing type threats such as:
“You don't know who I am!”
“You don't know who you're messing with!”
Usually used by frustrated people wishing to make themselves and others believe that they are a more potent force than they really are.
Tesco staff here are following retail policy which is to “Lock 'em out and wait for the cops”.
This will be accompanied with the hope that the damage to the doors will not be so bad that they have to stay after work and wait for emergency glassiers/repairs.
Any store security (unlikely in smaller stores) will not usually engage and for good reason as they run the risk of losing their jobs if litigation ensues.
It's also not worth being stabbed in the neck over a customer kicking off.
So retailers will seek to limit liability as much as possible and leave it to the police.
The person filming on the phone is very close. Watching events through a screen can fool the brain into thinking that you are somehow removed from the threat you are filming.
Filming an aggressive person is raising your risk level by attracting their attention onto you especially if they are close. Your brain is divided between decision making and phone operation.
The aggressive subject's tantrum/ power display is rewarded with the capitulation of the camera man who shows perceived fear when he's approached for conflict and he now moves on to the other members of the audience he is playing to.
The next person is sitting on a wall and like camera man is caught out by how quickly someone can reach you if they are close by.
Motivations to not have moved away when the trouble started would include:
I'm at the front of the queue and I'll lose my place.
It's my right to sit here and I'm not moving
If I pretend to not notice he won't see me
Look at my phone and hope it will end
As soon as the person becomes closer you will be in a sitting position with an aggressive person very close and in a standing position above you.
You will increase your interest to them if you attempt to move while they are close, so the time to do that is now gone.
As the aggressive subject approaches the two men at the end of the path, the two men change position.
Two completely different reactions:
One moves quickly back and out of punch/ kick range.
The other who is already very angry at the situation now starts to challenge unconvincingly and moves forward.
Exchanges threats – conditional aggression.
Voice changes – sign of adrenaline.
This tactic doesn't work as the drunk goes for the challenge and moves forward.
The man's adrenaline has probably dropped just a little as rather than striking – he's now remembering “social distancing” and is now backing up into the street to get away.
As soon as the police arrive the drunk is docile and obedient.
Points to consider -
Don't film close.
Don't remain sitting close by – as soon as trouble kicks off , move away , that person will be coming your way and that may be your last chance. Don't worry about face, place in queue – this WILL be a hassle.
Aggressive fence/ bluff is a high risk tactic.
Don't issue threats unless you're ready to fight right now.
Background circumstances will drive people to aggression FAR quicker.
Threats to well being, resources and possible ability to feed family WILL trigger people to aggression far quicker.
Don't issue threats on camera and make any possible altercation like a fight rather than an attack.
Think ahead of time if you're willing to get assaulted for a video, fight a stranger, possibly contract a virus, get arrested and have no food because he angers you.