Home / View Point / Guest Columns / Horn, Hilux and mob mentality on the Avenue

Horn, Hilux and mob mentality on the Avenue

There is a local video making the rounds that has me quite disturbed. The video appears to have been shot on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook in the wee hours of morning on Sunday March 29. (Click HERE to view video).

It starts with an irate female violently venting her frustrations on the bonnet and headlights of a black Toyota HiLux pick-up truck, in full view of onlookers on either side of the roadway. I must warn you, up front, that the video does contain some coarse language.

Based on the running commentary provided by onlookers, it appears that the young lady had just caught her boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the outside woman, made a public ruckus and was preventing him and the outside woman from fleeing the scene in his vehicle.

Photo: I only want to talk...
Photo: I only want to talk…

As you can see, the jilted lover went to town on the vehicle. She ripped off the windshield wiper and then the front number plate and used them to scrape, scratch and smash the van before it could be driven away.

Further on in, you see that the attack on the vehicle escalated as the woman used bottles to smash against and throw at the van.

A deserved outcome for a ‘horn’, right? Guy got caught and received his immediate comeuppance, right?

My concern is with how that situation escalated during the course of the video. I saw one brave soul actively tried to stop the destruction (0:57) and calm the scene down. Unfortunately, the peacemaker was physically discouraged by another onlooker—who appeared to be a friend of the assailant—from intervening. Throughout the saga, the majority of the crowd goaded the woman into continuing her attack—or ‘chained her up’ as we say—and verbally fuelling her rage.

And of course, a plethora of smartphones were seen held aloft recording the incident.

What I cannot fathom is why some of the crowd members deliberately inserted themselves into the story. After the woman derived maximum use from the number plate, which she transformed to a club, a nearby female videographer offered her an empty beer bottle to use as a weapon (3:11).

Gleefully accepted, she chucked the bottle at the windscreen. More bottles, willingly volunteered by other crowd members, soon followed. Some just struck the vehicle while others smashed on impact.

The hapless driver’s escape bid continued to be hindered as the woman refused to remove herself from the vehicle’s path.

While infidelity is an everyday phenomenon, scenes such as these are, thankfully, not as commonplace. And it is frightening that, in addition to urging the woman to “mash it up”, the crowd—which had no stake in the dispute save for the raw entertainment value—offered her missiles to hurl at the van. This is the development that disturbs me most; the manifestation of mob mentality.

Photo: Don't take that girl!
Photo: Don’t take that girl!

The woman did not seek out bottles to  further her onslaught; the crowd spontaneously provided them to her. I shudder to think what would have happened if she had somehow managed to completely smash through the windshield, exposing the driver and the alleged outside woman.

Would the supply of bottles have ceased then?

That for me is the true tragedy of this situation. The public and open display of violence, as eye-catching and  entertaining as it was, embarrassed all three main players in the scenario—the woman, the man and the purported outside fling.

However, the crowd’s unbidden eagerness to ensure that the scene perpetuated and intensified through their active participation brought shame directly to themselves as well.

 

Editor’s note: Click HERE to read more blogs from Damian Scott. Or HERE to see the Ariapita incident.

About Scotty Ranking

Scotty Ranking
Damian R. Scott is an ICT professional and a lifelong student (and part-time teacher) of language and communication. As Scotty Ranking, he frequently comments on topical issues of the day, dispensing knowledge to all and sundry.

Check Also

Dear Editor: Gary Griffith receives ‘A’ grade for theatrics and a ‘C’ for performance

“… Because of his effective use of social media, [Gary Griffith] has received soaring popularity …

199 comments

  1. Some people are really fake yes. There is an individual whose posts here is clearly not a reflection of her life. What happened to the nasty text messages and stalking me and my friends. But then talking about the moon and stars and love.

  2. It’s not blaming the Police but part of their job is to handle situations like this, were they called ,this street at that time can be a problem so they should be around.

  3. Funny that everyone wants to blame the police . Shouldn’t we be more responsible as a people to assist this young woman, instead of encourage her. Sad really

  4. mad woman……she must pay the price for ignorance.

  5. If that was. Me the video would. Have been about. A woman running. Down. The avenue for her life Lol

  6. Not sure if the longer version of the video is posted. But eventually people who had no involvement stopped giving bottles and began throwing them at the van themselves. This country is becoming such a shameful place. Not only the politicians and police but the people as well. We should be sooooooo ashamed of what we have allowed ourselves to become.

  7. Question? All those people and friends who was egging her on will their dip into their pockets an help her pay cost

  8. And NOT ONE Police Officer in sight!!!!

  9. Soooo shameful all are guilty by association there was a time when someone with dignity and class could intervene and discourage the behavior … A very sad reflection on us as a people !!!!!! She should be arrested for this childish tantrum crazy!!!!

  10. Ex girlfriend, behaving like that? hhhmm. But Jewel, I would’ve thought with a large crowd you would have a police presence, if only patrolling

  11. Yes because of the high amount of limers due to the weekend crowd in the area from Friday night

  12. Is it normal to not have a significant police presence in the area on a Saturday night?

  13. The Aggressor heard the victim was at the location with his current Girlfriend an went to the area however same was resolved personally between the victim and the aggressor who is the ex girlfriend of the victim who requested no further Police involvement Ravi….

  14. Damn. That was worse than I could imagine. Other people actually started pelting bottles too. You could hear what was being said and it was really unsettling… And it’s true that her friend disappeared at some point.
    Sad.

  15. Protest maybe? Jewel shed some light on this if u can please

  16. Yes Vernal! 8+ minutes of video action and no police turned up to unblock the road

  17. That was already an illegal gathering going on there.

    Ariapita avenue looked more like Western Main Road on carnival Sunday night.

  18. And if Horner-gyul get run over, there would have been a riot!!!

  19. Had the driver lost his temper and run Sabrina over those same eager and laughing onlookers would have been feigning concern for her health and compassion for her predicament.

  20. The onlookers were rabid……bloodthirsty.

  21. I saw it 2 days ago and refused to share it –as itself was very distasteful especially the woman who videoing it and laughing like a hyena

  22. I cannot for the love of God understand what the onlookers find funny

  23. All yuh just hold strain.
    Stop giving the I a hard time!

  24. The person who was filming and all the woman that was laughing and encouraging the woman to jump on the van is sickening and nasty to me made me look at my countries with shame help each other change the world

  25. You was the one watching the video and is Lasana slack??

  26. Yuh know yuh rel slack? LOL
    Let me see if I can do it from my phone! Hahaha

  27. So you not sharing the clip for us to observe the final scene vernal? We already invested in this story now. 🙂

  28. Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned…

  29. I just saw another video of the incident, in this one the person recording knew the woman by name (Sabrina). The “friend” recording not only failed to act in Sabrina’s interest, she actually encouraged and did her best to fuel Sabrina’s rage. In the end Sabrina wound up laying on the street apparently injured and only a fraction of the onlookers once jubilant at the altercation came to check on her.

    Again I have to ask, have we no concept of civic responsibility?

  30. Maybe not half of them, Vernal, but I won’t quibble percentages with you, indeed ungoverned emotion is a plague on our society, and from all accounts, some other societies as well, or maybe we took a page from their book in learning how to misbehave and think nothing of it…..

  31. I wonder if the situation had escalated and someone was physically harm or gotten killed how these people would have viewed their actions! Too much ppl was there for nobody for the exception of one not to try and stop it. TnT we need to do better

  32. Sorry , I Liked watching it and would have handed the woman a bat if i had one. If ppl want to show their true colors in public, who am I to discourage. ENTERTAIN ME!!!!

  33. This goes to show the extent of power this anger energy could cause. It affected the crowd that is not strong in faith. It’s so important to take your anger home and use it to create a positive action instead of destruction that you feel sorry for after

  34. The police were liming or sleeping some where…

  35. Regardless of the emotions involved or the history before, the law protects owners of property. That woman can very well face her day in court unless she adamantly denies that it was her. That man did the right thing by staying in that car. He demonstrated tremendous restraint and saved himself a beating from that woman and the mob that was with her.

  36. I agree with dat post 100 an 1%

  37. This is Trinidad and Tobago in the 21st century. Shame? Please…the concept is alien to us. We’ll do it again. Point and laugh at the train wreck.

  38. Not I, I absolve no one of their responsibility to behave within the confines of the law and common decency.

    See all those murders the police can’t solve?
    At least half of them were caused by ungoverned emotion.

  39. I have no problem with the jilted lover venting. Who feels it knows it. What disturbed me, was the audience’s participation in the mêlée and the provision of missiles to launch at the vehicle? Clearly, the woman was somewhat intoxicated, so that helped in fuelling her anger. What if one of the said bottles thrown had missed the vehicle and landed on a bystander? I guess a ‘horn’ brings out the worst in people.

  40. Woman prove herself to b classless BTW where was the police :/

  41. Raheema Sayyid-Andrews
    Raheema Sayyid-Andrews

    Peer pressure 2.0 liberally seasoned with alcohol
    What those camera-crazies needed at that moment was to take a selfie to capture their horns and forked tails.
    Wonderfully put, Damien

  42. There are lessons to learn from this ,My lesson is ” I will not be Horning “

  43. Does the driver of the Hilux need to press charges for the Police to lock her up, along with those who provided bottles, since it’s all on tape? People see a woman attacking a van and never even stop to think she could just be a stalker or jilted ex or something. She must have been a nice quiet girl treated badly by the evil guy cause she seemed such a level-headed classy lady, after all. She know which tree to climb. I know at least 5 fellas who would have jumped out that van.

  44. I’m just happy no girl can jump on the thread and give me a “Darryl Heeralal-style” shout out… But let me not push my luck! Lol

  45. Glad I’m an old timer now. No more drama like Mary J…

  46. Oh losh Wayne Gregory Brooks. Girl make rude boy reverse into traffic and corner a car yes.
    She looked too cool. I would quicker take my chances with the girl with the license plate!

  47. Lasana you surely spend too much time indoors 🙂

  48. Trinis love ah bacchanal yes

  49. Wow all paid Lasana…..can’t go wrong with that sort of vacation but then again Lol

  50. Mel Lissa, I’m still assuming it isn’t her van. Where is Verna St Rose with those all expenses paid vacation packages to St Ann’s when you need her? :-/

  51. I filmed a similar ‘confrontation’ about 3 years ago in front Frankie’s. I posted it on my YouTube channel. Guy lost both wiper blades but not other serious damage.

  52. Yes. Not to that magnitude but the dude look unassumingly dangerous

  53. ” similar fashion?”
    Fighting? Sterling?

  54. Can’t comment on ownership but I have witnessed a certain couple in a hilux on more than one occasion in similar fashion.

  55. Depending on whose name the van’s on, no?

  56. Is there a charge for vandalizing one’s own vehicle? I think not

  57. Mel Lissa, there might not be a book of what to do. But there sure is a book of what not to do. And that book’s in the police station.
    She get chained up to wreck her own car?! Sterling, whose van is it?

  58. I also bet not one of them would have done what she did if it was their man

  59. Damian, I bet she doesn’t even know them too

  60. Anyway she told her husband she’ll see him home, went back to her friend’s car and drove off. Only then did she vent. She eventually divorced him, although it took a while. He was rather shocked that she did

  61. REally will be the cheese standing alone. I’m certain not one of those who donated bottles to her cause will pitch in a red cent to help her with legal fees and damages.

  62. Yes Sterling, I understand he’s a real piece of work…she better watch out now

  63. It’s hard to be in a situation like that but a woman must keep her head on and not give the bastard any satisfaction in seeing her go ballistic

  64. Really terrible event, no joke in anything that happened there

  65. No Mel Lissa … you’re right about that…but she flipped the script on herself…to her own detriment…and her behaviour is the only one being called into question…and if charges are laid she will be the cheese that stands alone

  66. I also suspect that it’s someone I know..lol

  67. That vehicle looks vaguely familiar. And if it is who I think that could have been the safest avenue to vent. Another location and he was coming out swinging

  68. The woman was trying to explain that it was all innocent and they were just friends

  69. Nobody wrote the book/script on how we should handle these things …Jenny

  70. She told him she already had a ride and asked the woman if she forgot he’s married and apparently she doesn’t know what she could and could not do with a married man

  71. Nothing he was shocked to see her there

  72. Don’t leave us hanging…lol

  73. Listen..whether she was the hypotenuse, the opposite or the adjacent in this little love triangle her behaviour was lacking…and I hope that she is not allowed to escape the consequences of her actions….there is no excuse…she would have been better off staining her pillow with tears…like so many of us have done before her….

  74. The woman said she is having some issues with her man and wanted the husband advice. The husband was coming out the car to open the door of the back seat and told his wife to sit let him take her home

  75. and I bet he promised to be a good boy too ent?

  76. So calmly in those words Greer?

  77. Me I’m just having fun off of two ppl oh make that three. Lol

  78. Know someone who experienced that once. She was pregnant at the time and saw her husband parked around the Savannah with a woman. She was with her friend going home at the time, calmly asked her friend to turn the car around. Her friend parked behind her husband’s car, she got out and walk to his car, knocked on his glass and asked him what the ass he doing park there with this woman (whom she knew by the way)

  79. Why is it so hard to believe that she’s the outside woman and she bought the van Lasana? I totally believe it’s possible
    ask Vernal!

  80. It was sounding like a threesome that got outta hand as to who was the sidekick and who was the boss of van and man Lol

  81. D man got snagged in his own web of deceit…

  82. Brian, I feel yuh know d man well eh? 😉

  83. Savitri you sending this thing down a slippery path 🙂

  84. She went there just to get piece ah d action, but ended up looking d fool instead

  85. Meh eyes streaming here yes…Lasana, why yuh so eh?

  86. She couldn’t be the side chick AND the owner of the car at the same time?! Who wrote this script?! Vernella?!

  87. Lol but ah like de way ur thinking 🙂

  88. Brian asking where the man head was…
    hehehehehe

  89. Yuh had me wondering there yes…

  90. I sent that before I finished but it’s all good. I think his thoughts were far and that they were heading out into the moonlight or so to speak until it was abruptly stopped Lol

  91. Hopefully behind the wheel Brian

  92. The consolation prize is any prize other than the one you fought for.

  93. And where do you think was his head at on the Ave

  94. If she bought him the van then she should have read him the ‘fine print’

  95. Lol Brian, heaven is where the head is at

  96. What was/is the ‘consolation prize’ Vernal?

  97. Lasana, Savitri and Mel is it possible that she bought the Van/Truck for the goodly gentleman thinking that they were a match made in heaven then only to find out he had another heaven?

  98. Word is main chick was inside. The side was making the scene

  99. It makes no sense fighting for someone who betrays you.
    I mean seriously, consider what the prize is for the winner.

    Yuh eh see the consolation prize is the one to win?

  100. Like she eh eeen this ting long enough..lol

  101. You all not hearing nah. That ent her van. Is she mad or is she stupid?
    Surely no one unfortunate enough to be both! Lol

  102. Happen to me arreddy…Me eh cuss; I simply opened the door and went into MY car and sat down
    People started cold sweating even though rain was falling

  103. Ent Jenny….and cuss them on your way out too….doh even call a taxi for them…lol

  104. Savitri Maharaj…that I could live with…no scene…let them come out and lime and have a time…I will drive away with my vehicle…

  105. Mel, I just get flashback of JaWa there with not tonight…lol

  106. Me too eh Mel! She is joke! She just made a total ass of herself and those aren’t her friends eh

  107. Well she has no damn sense Mel Lissa…because she now has the expense of fixing it…that compounds the nonsense…your feelings hurt, your pride hurt…and you mash up your own van…smdh

  108. Savitri girl..I could tell you stories but
    not tonight!

  109. Exactly Mel, I wouldna make a spectacle of myself so, I woulda just dragged him out and ordered her out…let them walk home…together

  110. It is alleged that the van is hers Jenny Claudia

  111. Like this article,similiar to this comment.Anything for attention.Attention of people whose real problem is clinging to false hope.Failed state and failed mentality.Now walk together.

  112. Hell has no fury like a woman horned…I just hope that this woman has a good lawyer…and has bail…and has $$ to repair the van…because she clearly has no damn behaviour…she has no friends…she has no one to offer good advice…

  113. So where were the Police during all this ?

  114. If the van is hers, he lucky she wasn’t me …nobody would have been driving off

  115. Nah. I won’t believe that a woman wrecked her own van and nearly got run over with it. That ent her van.

  116. Lasana, when last you saw Trinidad news that wasn’t bizarre?

  117. That story is too bizarre. Ah good

  118. No I couldn’t catch it above the cackling of the surrounding hyenas.

  119. Vernal did you get the lady’s name by chance

  120. Somebody called that “Karma” because of his attitude on duty…lol

  121. Lasana another News station reported that the vehicle actually belongs to the ‘one venting’

  122. If the police were patrolling as they were expected to do that incident would have been under control. Shutting down the avenue is not addressing the real issue. The real issue is the lack of effective and strategic policing after 4 pm in Trinidad and Tobago.

  123. But Vernal, is the love machine who was mashing up things

  124. I would have put out my passenger to draw my vehicle’s assailant’s attention allowing me (and the love machine) to make good our escape.

    Apparently outside ohman is a dime a dozen!

  125. To coin Sheila Rampersad it’s “our own ugly”. We have the society we have created and continue to create.

  126. Nah. I wouldn’t get out because I might have been provoked beyond my self control. But my van would have been moving slowly forward from the moment she took off my license plate! Lol

  127. I would not go out to a main zone where I could have been easily seen by so many. So would not be in such a position Lol

  128. Lasana..Had it been you, would you have exited that van??
    Surely not

  129. I believe that the person who was behind the wheel didn’t want anyone to videotape him as he wanted to remain incognito for as long as possible probably to his job or to keep his good name intact Lol. The woman knew if she jumped out licks wudda pass……..

  130. D man get he diary mixed up yes…according to uncle Earl, them real good yes

  131. I’m stunned that no one came out of the van to “have a word” if that was the case. The woman surely felt wronged about something… Saturday nights are supposed to be hers?

  132. Lol! Maybe she din know eh Lasana! This whole situation typifies what T&T has become….lol

  133. That’s what a caller to the program told Alexander..she said she was there and seemed to know the story and the players [no pun intended] quite well

  134. Lasana, methinks the man is ah ossifer, based in Central….lol

  135. Eh?! I want to believe no eh Mel Lissa. I want to believe that was the “police intelligence” we keep hearing about that came up with that.
    That’s nuts.

  136. Lasana according to reports on Beyond the Tape; the one venting her frustration is the outside woman.The “main lady” is the one in the vehicle

  137. I will try to remember that Sav! 🙂

  138. Lasana, I does only look quiet eh

  139. Boy, Lasana, I din have to…my presence was enough to lose your appetite….;), but no, I wouldn’t….lol

  140. You would have bought a rounds Savitri? 🙂

  141. I mussee grow up differently then….If was me, I woulda followed him to where ever they’re going and joined them….and embarrassed him with words not violence….there are so many subtle ways to get your message across

  142. Disgusting! These people actually dressed and left their homes to go out and behave like that? Shameful.

  143. I saw this and it was troubling. These women and men were edging heron to damage thee truck. They didn’t seem to be concern about her behavior and the one man who attempted to pull her off the truck her friend went after. My fear was that he’d run her over

  144. Can any of the legal minds tell us if this would be applicable to the madness which happened that faithful night on the Ave. Any persons, riotously or tumultuously assembled together, who unlawfully and with force injure or damage any property as is
    specified in section 13 is liable to imprisonment for five years.

  145. I’ve seen it both at home and among Trinidadians abroad.

  146. Man, on AH Saturday night in Toronto for caribana, as soon as 230 come, police on horses patrolling the club district. And people dare not get outta line

  147. Is not like the area isn’t a known limers strip.

  148. I agree with that 100 percent.

  149. Vernal, not even in the villages people behaved like this….women were more circumspect…they would hatch a nice plot…but not behave like this in public

  150. Nah Savitri, this type of behavior existed long before cell phones.

  151. Vernal, yuh know how many insecure people we have just looking for acceptance…we see it right here sometimes. These are not friends….they’re all exhibitionists…too much selfies

  152. Naaa man I Doh agree…I see what u saying though, but society needs to be held accountable. If TTPS was there I’m sure all this wouldn’t be going on

  153. Not just from her friend, she should solicit donations from those who contributed bottles to her attack.

  154. It is truly sad seeing what was on the video. People acting like 10 year olds urging this lady on to do damage. Sickening people..

    • Scotty Ranking

      I agree. When the guy tried to stop her from her attack on the van, her BFF bodily prevented him from intervening. While the jilted woman may have been seeking some catharsis, her BFF ensured that the scene became a public pappyshow.

  155. “Rum till dey die.” Level foolishness. Where is 5-0 when you need them?

  156. So we point the finger at….?

  157. Don’t know if the location made that much different. I see it as an angry woman, an unhelpful friend and a tipsy crowd.

  158. Long time the ole folks is tuh say “Frens does kerry yuh, buh dey boh bring yuh back.”
    Nowadays dey does kerry yuh on d Ave and put yuh tuh stand up in front ah Hilux!

  159. Trinidad, a failed state. Who is going to step up?

  160. Composure is often undervalued. And her friend seemed to think that was a great idea. Hope her friend helps her pay off the damage.
    I would change friends if I was her.

  161. Anyone remembers when Trinidad was viewed as among the most advanced societies in the Caribbean?

  162. It turned unfunny after 30 secs. This is why every so often we must do a cleanout in our own lives, toxic people, toxic situations.

  163. Yuh would think that these people would like to party safely, but I guess is just another outing for most who Doh get any action in the town

  164. Not when people like Kes gettin robbed there too hoss?

  165. A bit excessive there Ravi? Lol

  166. Shut down the avenue until people start to take and be held responsible for their actions!!!

  167. Again, it’s proven, when you blindly follow the urging of the mass, the m is usually silent!

  168. This was embarrassing to say the least, and could have ended in disaster

  169. That crowd had no shame…I wonder if they feel ashamed now….

  170. ‘Cackling hens’..shameful..Trini women generally no longer respect themselves or each other but would expect our men, children and politicians to do so..smh

  171. Scotty Ranking

    There is another video that is about twice as long as this one, starting even before this one did. There was another peacemaker who tried to stop the irate woman even before the loss of the windshield wiper.
    The ending showed that even after the vehicle drove away, the crowd followed it. Filming continued while some of them ran alongside and continued to supply the woman with more bottles! It wasn’t that she had come with a posse and carried on; the crowd aided and abetted her behavior! That’s a mob! And it was awful to see …

  172. the display was gross and the behavior of the crowd was digusting, hope that after she calmed down would say what an ass i made of my self.

  173. This is not the only example of mob mentality in T&T. I saw it much earlier in time and it was quite scary to witness. Perhaps alcohol had some role to play in the behaviour of the crowd this time and also the woman though this does not excuse them, nor does the fact that the man was probably in the wrong for “horning” this woman. It’s not pretty to watch and I have no idea why anyone would want this sent to them, because it’s not entertaining to see a woman debase herself for a man. She should just write him off and consider herself blessed to have found out at all. I hope for her sake, she has no children with him nor has she contracted any communicable diseases from him.
    Back to the issue of mobs in T&T though, it’s clear (sorry to make it political) there are two major mobs, the mob of those who blindly support the current administration and the mob of those who give blind support also to the PNM. Sad to say, the rest of the population who are capable of thinking for themselves are often branded with the mob they seem to be supporting at any given time. It appears that most of us have lost the capacity to reason or choose not to use it very much. In the case of the victim and the vehicle (yes she was a victim, though also an offender) the mob behaved as mobs do, without reason. Yet, was there no one in the vicinity who could call on authorities to break up the scene? What about the club right on the Avenue that is famous for being frequented by officers of the Army? Surely there were a few good men/women of the uniform who could have intervened, had they been called upon to do so? Are we becoming so much like the US that we do not think to intervene in private affairs to stop violence? That to me, is the scariest part. Sure, we will always have mobs, but we seem to have less and less of actual persons willing to be the change that we need.