Last Friday in Nashville, a gentleman named Franco Scaramuzza saw two decidedly ungentle men pepper spray a couple in a shopping center parking lot and then steal the lady’s purse:
“The first thing that went through my head is somebody should do something, and that’s when I got really upset and disappointed with myself, because I realized I had the opportunity to do something. And I didn’t want to be a hypocrite who just tweeted about it,” Scaramuzza said.
And so instead he took action. As it happens, Scaramuzza is a fencing instructor who had just finished a practice — in fact, he was still wearing his protective gear (except for the mask, which is probably a good thing since he was driving at the time.) So he jumped from his car, grabbed his epee, and charged the assailants:
“I charged towards them, holding my épée up high, and, you know, yelling at them,” he said. “I kept yelling throughout the entire thing. They completely panicked and dropped everything they stole and really took off.”
The constabulary arrived and detained the alleged miscreants, who have been charged with various offenses and were in jail in lieu of 50 grand each in bail money. Which brings us to the moral of our story…
Crime does not épée!
(This entry is dedicated to the Fencing Bear.)