It’s a shame that we still need heroes like the two below to help young women in our day and age. Sometimes, even the strongest, most independent woman needs rescue from a scary situation.
Reddit user ThrowAwayForPancakes had quite the touching story to share on a Reddit thread, asking, “What has been your worst ‘nice guy’ experience?” A “nice guy” is a male who is so entitled that he thinks he’s a kind person even when he’s being incredibly vulgar or pushy toward a woman.
In the story below, ThrowAwayForPancakes goes into detail about the time he overheard a “nice guy” talking to a date in an extremely frightening manner. He was about to intervene when another, more qualified hero stepped in to save the day.
The “nice guy” behavior makes my blood boil, but the hero policeman that stepped in gives us all hope. Read the recollection word-for-word below to see that there are some good folks still out there in the world. Even though there is no way to know for sure if this Reddit story is 100% true, it’s nice to believe that the storyteller is honest and that there really was a hero that day!
So, possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean you know how you hear the “women want him, men want to be him” stuff in old movies? Well, I’m a man and by God I wanted to be this guy. Anyway!
I’m having dinner with my girlfriend at the time, and behind us is a couple on a date. It is not going well. Guy was being rather creepy and making some pretty inappropriate comments, the girl doesn’t look at all comfortable.
The girl finishes her appetizer really quickly, my guess is she wanted to get it over with. Guy proceeds to comment on it and says “well, least I know you can swallow right?” Loudly.
Girl goes red and tells him that isn’t appropriate. He literally waves his hand in a “shoo” type motion and says, “Oh calm down, I was going to find out in a few hours anyway.”
I missed her exact reply as she moved to a hushed tone, but it was fairly obvious what was being said — “f*** no, f*** off, f*** this.’” He responded with, “Sweetheart, I picked you up. I know where you live.” She lost the color in her face and said nothing.
No. No. I’m one of those “get involved” type of people and there is no way I’m sitting here watching this go down. I get up. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m 23, fighting fit and happy to put that [expletive] through a wall. I may have had a slight temper in my youth. But anyway.
I was half way out of my chair when a hand came down on my shoulder and I look up to this mid-50s but super fit guy who says “Easy, I’ve got this one, son.” Absolute, total confidence in his voice. So seeing as my current plan amounted to [doing him harm] and I’m already thinking maybe that’s not the best idea, I sit down.
He walks over, grabs a nearby chair, flips it around and sits down with the couple. Then he pulls out his police ID and puts it on the table. Now the guy doesn’t have any color in his face.
Cop: “So, I’m quietly celebrating my daughter’s birthday with my family when I distinctly hear you threaten this young lady, would you care to explain yourself?”
Guy: “I, ah, well, um, you see…”
Cop: “That’s what I thought. Now see, we take a very dim view of that kind of thing, so right now I’m deciding if I want to have some of my buddies come pick you up.”
Guy: “Oh no, well that…”
Cop: “But that would disrupt everyone’s dinner, so how about you hand me your ID, because I wouldn’t want you running off on me, then you go see one of the staff here and settle your bill, the full bill now. This young lady shouldn’t go hungry on account of your poor behavior. Or we can go with the first option, I’ll leave it up to you.”
Guy: “No no! That’s perfectly fine!” *hands over ID, gets up and walks very quickly in the direction of the counter*
Cop: *while writing down the guy’s details* “Sorry about that, miss, I hope I’m not intruding, it just seemed like you could use some help. Oh, and don’t worry, if you want to pursue this further, I’ll have some of the boys pick him up on his way home, we can definitely take this further.”
Girl: “No, thank you so much. I wanted to run out 30 minutes ago but he drove me here.”
Cop: *shifts from hard-a** cop to comforting father figure in about half a second* “Well, I’m here with my daughter, she’s about your age, perhaps you’d like to finish your meal with us? We can run you home afterward if you’d like, unless you’d prefer to call someone else?”
Girl: “Oh, that would be really nice, thank you so much!”
*Guy returns, so does the hard-a** cop*
Guy: “Uh so, I’ve paid the bill, if I could have my ID back?”
Cop: “There you go… now I have your details right here, so I highly recommend you don’t go near or contact this young lady ever again.”
Guy: “Yes, yes of course, I’m so sorry!”
The guy pretty much fled the restaurant, the girl went and sat with the cop and his family and by the time we left they were still sitting around talking and laughing about random crap.
It was hands down the best way I have ever seen anybody handle any situation, ever. That cop is my hero.
It’s so good to know that there are people out there like the man who told this story and the cop who intervened. What would you do if you overheard an abusive conversation like the one above?