man standing on crowded elevator coughs toward couple, man grabs coughing man, drags him out of elevator by hair

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Viral video shows man in elevator beating up stranger who coughs on him

It's vicious. And delightful.

Dec 18, 2020, 9:40 am*



Bryan Rolli

A blistering viral video shows a man in an elevator pummeling a stranger who coughed on him and other passengers. 

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The video was uploaded by Liveleak and later migrated to the r/publicfreakout subreddit, where it has earned a staggering 72,000 upvotes at the time of this writing.

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The footage begins with a hooded man standing alone inside the elevator. Two more passengers quickly shuffle into the elevator, one of them wearing a newsboy cap and wheeling a handcart. 

The elevator door closes but snaps open a few seconds later as a fourth, longhaired passenger tries to board. The hooded man seems to deny him entry with a wave of his hand, but the new passenger isn’t having it. The longhaired man pushes the door open and barges inside, making the tight space even more crowded. 

The longhaired man appears to take a combative stance almost immediately. He leers in the direction of the woman and hatted man, then removes his mask and spits on the hatted man.

The man’s initial reaction is subdued. He moves his handcart to the side and grabs the spitter by the arms, as if to redirect him. The longhaired man resists and tries to push the hatted man away, at which point the hatted man proceeds to give him a brutal ass-whupping.

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The hatted man grabs his opponent by his hair and the scruff of his jacket and repeatedly shoves him against the elevator wall. He then pushes him to the ground and backs him against another wall, where he lays in a fetal position as the thrashing continues.

By this point, the other two passengers have disembarked. The woman returns to beckon the hatted man off the elevator. He eventually leaves, but not by himself. Instead, he grabs the spitter by his hair again and drags him across the floor and off the elevator. 

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As the longhaired man lays crumpled on the ground, the hatted man and woman board the elevator again to resume their journey. The longhaired man makes one last-ditch effort to retaliate, but the hatted man shoves him away from the door and closes it. 

Redditors were stunned and thrilled by the beating.

“Definition of man handled, considering long hair just went fetal as soon as he was touched, I was surprised he came back the 2nd time,” u/ridic_ulass wrote.

Five-star reviews abounded in the comments.

"That was tremendous. Loved the 'hold my beer' moment with his trolly. And the lady just took it without question," u/hudson_lowboy wrote. "He OWNED that guy as well. Wasn’t even a contest. This just warmed my heart in many ways."

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*First Published: Dec 17, 2020, 10:31 am