"It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life."
A tram off its track after it ran over some bottles and other fight debris.
(via Manchester Evening News)
A tramline in Manchester, England, was thrown into absolute chaos following a brawl that started over a joke about a haircut.
According to an eyewitness, a gang of youths were swearing at a woman and making fun of her boyfriend's ponytail, saying "he looked like an idiot." Ouch. Be gentle, you rascally youths! If this guy has a ponytail, he must have heard every insult about his horse-butt haircut already. It must hurt more when it comes from a gang of young people in front of your girlfriend.
The argument escalated as the couple boarded the arriving rail car. Their shouting back caused the youth gang to start hurling things at the tram. Windows started breaking, frightening the passengers inside. The eyewitness told local press of the terror she faced:
"There were youths sat at the station laughing at this lad with a pony tail, saying he looked like an idiot. He told them where to go, and swore at them – I think at a girl. She got up and started shouting at him, before her boyfriend got on the tram and started trying to fight. ... I pressed the emergency button. Everyone was on the floor and there were a lot of people screaming; everyone was terrified. ... It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I've never experienced anything like it before."
Well, everybody being flung to the floor because you pulled the emergency brake is on you and not the young anarchists brigade. Although, some of the projectiles from the attack landed on the tramline, causing a following tram to derail.
The eyewitness continues the story:
“It took the police 45 minutes to get there. Then we were put on another tram. But as soon as we got on, it went off the tracks. Then we were told by the police to just walk down the tram tracks. [The new tram] definitely derailed because of the vandalism on the other tram. Luckily, no-one was seriously hurt. One woman had glass in the back of her head, but I think she was okay."
If you have any information about the gang of youths or their haircuts, contact Manchester Police.