Woman confronts flasher on train in video gone viral

This video from a New York subway train is making the rounds on the Internet, having gone viral once it was posted on YouTube.

The good parts start at about 40 seconds in. This woman is so indignant at being flashed that she confronts the flasher loudly so the entire train car hears her. And she’s very bold about it, perhaps because the train is crowded:

“I’m escorting you to the police station,” she tells him. “Oh yes! Oh, fucking yes!”

CTA Tattler for years has shined attention on this problem of women being victimized by perverts. I think if there are enough people around that women definitely should call out the offender loudly and tell everyone exactly what he did.

For its part, the CTA has posted ad cards asking riders to report flashers and tell operators.

Finally, I do love what the person who shot this video said:

“Oh, this shit’s going up on YouTube.

Hat tip to Peter H.


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  • Thanks for posting this - love it! Luckily she was on a crowded train - I wouldn't advise going this route if they were the only two on the train though.

  • She's kind of cute to be talking like a New Yawker, which brings me to the serious point:

    What is it about certain guys that they think they can accomplish something by showing "Little Bret Favre" (especially to a cute woman)? I asked this on The Love Lawyer, but it got taken down. Also, unlike Deadspin, the audio track indicates a video was taken of this "Little Bret Favre," but not shown.

  • They still have conductors in NY?

  • Has there been any followup to this?
    Was he arrested?
    If he wasn't, then I have a feeling that she saw what she wanted to see.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I don't know if the guy was arrested, but your comment about "she saw what she wanted to see" is way out of line. Take that shit somewhere else.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Thank you Kevin !! I couldn't have said it better,

  • In reply to sophie:

    I'm saying that if she didn't follow up as she said on the tape, then I don't believe her.
    She said she was going to follow him until she could get him arrested. If she didn't do that, then there is a serious possibility she's fantasizing.
    Not all accusations are true or accurate.
    What I've read about flashers is that they want an audience of one, not an entire crowded train as this was.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    It's the way you said it that is very offensive. And I think you know that.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    What an ass clown Scooter is. Any chance you can ban this guy? All he does is complain anyway.

    "She saw what she wanted to see?" SERIOUSLY Scooter? Did you think this is Fark or 4chan, instead of a public transit blog?

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    You can attack me all you want, but certain facts are incontrovertible!
    1. I only watched the first few minutes & she never showed the guy taking the video the photo she said she took of the flasher.
    2. This has been going around for days, but no one has been arrested.
    3. Neither NY tabloid seems to have picked this story up. In the past they have bannered this type of story on Page 1.
    I remember one where a woman did take a photo & the guy was arrested. It's not this woman as the previous one was sitting down.

    Until she comes forward or there is either an arrest or a news story, I'm calling bullshit on it!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    And I'm calling bullshit on your rebuttal Scooter, you know EXACTLY what you said, and it was extremely sexist and offensive !

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Well I didn't search very hard, but the first story I found about the incident mentions the man's name, and also that he was arrested. Not sure where your "no one has been arrested" information came from.


    "The perpetrator

  • In reply to Nirvana911:

    Nirvana, thanks for the effort to look this up, and shut up Scooter.

  • In reply to Nirvana911:

    Or even better:


    "It turned out that Briggs, a Tai Chi instructor in New York City, was facing down a repeat offender. 51-year-old Mario Valdivia has been accused of public lewdness twice before. After Briggs got him arrested, he pled guilty and is now serving four months behind bars."

  • In reply to Nirvana911:

    I stand corrected.
    But in my defense, you shouldn't have posted this without doing the research on how it concluded!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Nobody else thought about the situation in the way you did Scooter, even without knowing the final conclusion.

    I think somebody must have harmed you in a similar fashion, for you to think about things in that way.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Or, you shouldn't have shot off your mouth and jumped to your conclusion without doing a little research of your own, jag. This is Kevin's blog. It's not his job to inform you of all the facts. But it is yours to seek them out before opining.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    You have some "sexual issues" of your own, don't you Scooter??

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