Viral YouTube NYC Subway Slap Video: Etiquette lessons learned

Recently, an another viral YouTube video was born after some debauchery aboard a subway train in New York City ended with a girl getting slapped clear across a train car.  Who was it that said there is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action?

Now, while previous lessons were geared toward you girls, as of a few days ago it became became clear that we should include your brother.  Because… now you have a brother.

Let’s provide a lesson just for him.  It’s about hitting girls.

Conventional wisdom suggests a man should never smack a woman.  We’ll maintain that here – why break with tradition?.   Call me old fashioned, but a lad should not be laying the smack down on a lass. So, while today’s lesson doesn’t preach raining down crushing blows upon women, it does suggest that there are instances where rules can be bent a little.  Ouch.  I apologize for not warning you about that plot twist – yup, daddy likes the fact that this fella in the video biffed that girl.

Here is why this guy was right on the money:

1. The girl in the video can barely be called a girl, and certainly not a lady.  She is contributing nothing to society with this type of behavior.  If she wants to claim immunity from manly hay-makers, she needs to act like a lady.

2. She hit him with a shoe.  To avoid having a bloke slap the soul out of you, do not strike him first.  Seems simple.

3. He’s a big dude.  Nothing says barking up the wrong tree like a guy three times your size wearing an 8 ball jacket and fur hat riding the NYC subway. He swatted, and she got decked – fair deal.

4. She was provoking a stranger.  It’s one thing to irritate your brother or your boyfriend.  The men near and dear to you are more likely to stick to the above “men shouldn’t hit girls” rule. Shame on her for heading into uncharted waters with the weird guy on the train – she deserved to get beaned.

Keep in mind this is a rare example of where this rule can be broken.  If your wife wallops you with a frying pan because you got liquored up a the pub and missed your daughter’s piano recital, you take the lump and keep it moving.  Likewise when you get slugged in a case of mistaken identity having come between a wacko and the young lady’s back end that he just pinched – you forgive and forget.  I could go on and on.  When it comes to the opposite sex, restraint, chivalry, and etiquette can pay huge dividends.

There is a term we sometimes use in law enforcement: justification.  Son, there are rules – and then there are rare instances where the rules should be broken.  This video is a great example.  Someone called it karma, but I would call it justifiable lady-smacking.

Lesson 1: Don’t hit girls.

Lesson 2: Some rules were made to be broken.

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