NYC Subway Sweater Guy Keeps His Cool in the Face of Bloody Loco
Last week, one subway patron managed to keep his cool in the face of a screaming lunatic better known as “Bloody Loco.”
Daniel, who up until recently was known around the web as ‘Mysterious Sweater Guy,’ emailed Gawker.com after being contacted in regards to the situation. Daniel is originally from Uruguay (despite Bloody Loco dropping ‘N bombs’ in his face) and has been living in Brooklyn for over 20 years.
On an average Friday afternoon, Daniel was aboard a Manhattan-bound 7 train, traveling home from visiting his girlfriend in Queens when he accidently bumped into ‘MTA Lunatic of the Week,’ Bloody Loco. When Bloody Loco called him a “pussy,” Daniel responded with “I am what I eat,” causing some laughter amongst a fellow female passenger.
A little bit of sarcasm with a splash of sexual humor; an appropriate way to respond to that particular insult. No harm, no foul, right? Well Bloody Loco didn’t think so and I don’t think Daniel was ready for what was about to happen next.
You guessed it; he went bananas.
Bloody Loco launched into a minute and a half tirade about his moniker, making threats to Daniel in a relatively crowded subway car. Daniel managed to keep his cool, and didn’t totally engage with Bloody Loco. He introduced himself in a non-traditional way, by raising his voice touting, “They call me Bloody Loco. Ya heard? Make sure you recognize that f*cking name” to which Daniel responds, “Nice to meet you, Bloody Loco.” Maybe Bloody Loco picked up on the sarcasm because he only seemed to become more agitated, threatening to break Daniel’s jaw. Despite keeping his cool for the most part, Daniel retorts with some more sarcasm, fueling the Loco-motive. Ultimately, Bloody Loco got off the train without laying a finger on Daniel, albeit not without making one last ditch effort from the platform of the station to “shoot it out” with Daniel. Obviously, you don’t play games with Bloody Loco.
Clearly the best part of this story is Daniel’s tranquil response and Bloody Loco’s inability to ruffle his feathers. I mean, I don’t know if you want to duke it out with a guy named Bloody Loco who is screaming at you because you bumped into his leg so I admire you for choosing your battles wisely. Then again, if you’re riding the 7 train from Queens to Manhattan, is this just another day on the rail that happened to be captured on video? Judging by everyone else’s lack of reaction, I suppose it’s possible.
What would you do if you were Daniel?
An encounter with a crazy person on the subway in New York is just as likely as getting a stranger’s thumb in your ass on a rush hour train leaving Manhattan; it’s bound to happen but generally you just keep your cool until that person gets out.
Photo courtesy of Gawker.com
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