An unlikely photo has captivated the internet and seemingly united a nation against terrorism. A photo has been posted to social media that seems to show a pub goer in London fleeing this weekend’s terror attacks that left seven dead, while trying not to spill a nearly full beer he brought from the bar he was in.
Now, many have made jokes or criticized the action, but there have been have more people who feel that the man encapsulates the spirit of England by refusing to let allow terrorists to ruin his life.
There may have also been a very logical and tactical reason for the man to maintain control of his beverage. According to a report in The Independent, a former SAS Officer laid out why a pint of beer might not be the worst thing to have in your hands during a terror attack:
A pint pot – we all know the damage some idiot in the pub can do with that. That’s what people have to do collectively to defeat these perpetrators.
Cold drinks are good too. Just throw them in his face, especially if they come in a good volume like a beer. Liquid – of any sort – in the face is a big impediment to action.
For a moment you have to become a group of football hooligans. The very worst thing you can do is hide on the floor in the proximity of the attacker. If that’s what you do then you are going to be stabbed and shot.
I heard one example of a man in the London attack talking about how he took them on with bottles and chairs and glasses.
I suspect with the number of attackers and the number of people who were attacked, it will have happened more than once.
So there you go, not only did this man capture the attention of the internet, but he may have also made a sound decision for personal preservation.
Three terrorists drove a rented van into a crowd of people near London Bridge and then began stabbing people. In total seven were killed and several other injured before police shot and killed the three men.