There is a time and a place for everything, and an NYC Apple Store is not the place to whip out a katana and begin a very poor attempt a Tai Chi Sword Form. Frankly, I have no idea what the perp was thinking or trying to do, but the situation ended with no injuries.
From the New York Post:
“Usually the staircase is mobbed with people, but this time it wasn’t. There was a guy in the mid part of the staircase kneeling,” Birnbaum told The Post.
“His face looked a little contorted and twisted,” she added. “I thought he was doing some sort of performance art, but then he pulls out this sword with a huge 2-foot-long blade and it was dead obvious that it was a real sword.
“I’ve never been so terrified in my entire life.”
Birnbaum said that she feared the worst.
“I don’t know if he is from ISIS or wherever the heck he is from but I thought this is the beginning of some sort of horrible headline tomorrow,’’ she said.
“Thank God it wasn’t,” she added.
Thank God indeed. The perp should also be thankful he didn’t pull a stunt like that in a jurisdiction where the citizenry is not denied their right to bear firearms. Someone could have probably been justified in ventilating him.