FLASH MOB DYNAMICS
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in
When people are free to do as they please, they
usually imitate each other.
A mob of people, the flow of traffic, the flow of
electrons and the flow of water possess similar characteristics.
Let's take the example of a rip tide. The swimmer should not swim
against the current. Rather, it's best to swim at a 45 degree
angle in the effort to move away from the riptide. Even at a 90
degree angle, it's better than fighting the riptide. Just the
same, you would make a right hand turn to get off a busy street during
rush hour. Electricity flows in one direction. Likewise, the
solution to finding yourself within a flash mob is rather simple and
Move with the current of the mob and then find
the first available exit away from the group. Move away at any
angle as long as your exit doesn't move against the group.
Stay away from the center of the mob.
Gently move to the perimeter and then exit.
If you can't move laterally, move in a
corkscrew fashion as others move around you.
Large crowds and mobs move through wide routes of least
resistance. Your exit may be a narrow path that you can spot
from the perimeter of the group.
If you're in the middle of the group, first move
toward the outside of the group. Always move through the group at
an angle. Be polite. As you move with the group on the
fringe, then make the first available turn away from the group.
Guns and flash mobs possess similar characteristics.
Both of them are labor saving devices for the projection of violence.
A gun is simply a labor saving mechanism for violence projection just as a
washing machine or dishwasher are labor saving devices for household
chores. The purpose may vary but the principle remains the
same--economy of purpose. This is why felons, who
have difficulty controlling the need for immediate gratification, must stay away from guns.
They are prone to use a gun when stealing, raping, and stealing others
because it reduces the amount of labor required to project violence.
It's risky when a person, without control over the need for immediate
gratification, gets a hold of a gun. As a result, the brain is real
risk. The gun is simply the tool behind the brain.
A flash mob is a
labor saving dynamic in the projection of arbitrary or targeted
violence. Many of these darlings, who participate in flash mobs,
wouldn't individually attack a large, physically imposing man or police
car in broad daylight. Together, they
feel invulnerable and irrationally confident. Further, a policeman
may be targeted if he possessed something of value; such as a gun, a
watch, or a flashlight. As they say, many hands make light work.
Flash mobs are not rational. They act as a rabid animal. In
such an harsh environment, police officers may be overwhelmed and may be
People, who aren't necessarily prone to spontaneous
violence, may participate out of need for immediate gratification and
the group dynamic. That gratification is immediate because of the
limited time the mob exists. They feel it's "now or never," or
individuals within the mob take the position of "all or nothing."
The quickly expiring nature of the flash mob is what is responsible for
its inherent danger. Any one, or small group, of that flash mob
may hyper-focus on a police car, a jewelry store, an attractive woman,
or you. The focus of the flash mob, once targeted, isn't satiated
until the victim's resources are depleted or the victim is often
rendered incapacitated, or relieved of whatever was of interest.
In your case, they may be interested in your gold chain, your car, or
Consider following these guidelines in dealing with a
flash mob scenario:
Flash mobs are first indicated by many people
looking at their phones and group density increases dramatically. You will sense that something is different or wrong.
You'll see that others are looking around for something to happen.
Get out now.
Flash mobs are not fun. Anything can
happen. Theft, rape, beatings, and other violence is
A flash mob has the same behavioral
characteristic as a rabid animal. It moves in a meandering
manner until something catches its eye, and then hyper-focuses
on a target.
Flash mobs don't care about the consequences
of their actions. Their numbers project a sense of
invulnerability. Anything is possible to them.
If a flash mob targets a person and kills
them, and you are somehow in the vicinity, you may be
implicated. Don't wait and see what happens next.
You must leave immediately; without drawing attention to
Don't expect the authorities to know what's
happening. The authorities usually arrive by the time it's
too late, and the mob is dispersing. At that time, their
job is to disperse the group and assess the damage, and call for any
needed medical support.
Look around and determine the potential target of
the flash mob.
Is the flash mob of a particular race?
Are you able to blend in, evade and escape?
If you cannot blend in, is there a point of
Consider taking the exit that will sound an
alarm, if that means the mob won't see you exit.
What exits are there that your mind was
trained to ignore? The doors that sound an alarm.
People normally seek to exit from the same door they entered.
Flash mobs are unpredictable and chaotic,
adrenaline filled and anonymous.
Move with the flow of the mob until you find an
Don't attempt to make sense out of the mob's
intent or to reason with the mob. The mob's intent is to
simply be a mob. It cannot with argued against. You
cannot counsel or convince a mob to do anything, or to stop doing
something. If you scream "STOP" they won't hear you and
Think rush hour. If the mob is running,
run with the mob at an angle to the outside of the group. Then
turn off at the first opportunity.
If the mob is walking, then walk. Maintain
the speed of the group until you find an exit.
If the mob is walking and you're running,
then you're attracting attention. Don't attract
If the mob is walking, do not run.
SELF DEFENSE AGAINST THE MOB
If you are armed, don't show your gun.
Using it against a mob may label you as a mass murderer.
Killing people only inflames the situation. You're better off
giving up a watch than brandishing a weapon. You may hit an
unintended target. You may make yourself into mob target
Your gun becomes their prize if they wrestle it
from you. Your 13 round clip is no match for a flash mob of
50. Remember, they may not feel fear or other normal emotions. Keep the gun concealed and move away from the group.
In most flash mob situations, drawing your weapon is a mistake.
Don't set off warning shots. Warning shots
advertise that you have a gun.
Martial arts will not work against a mob.
The best defense is your brain. Don't
attract attention, move with the mob until you find an exit, and go.
What are you showing that can make you a target?
Are you carrying a flashy purse, phone, or gun? Do they want
what you are holding?
Think flight. Don't think about fighting.
Go with the flow and exit.
If the flash mob focuses on you, throw something
of value into the crowd such an empty wallet and then point to
something like a building or to someone else.
Again, move the car in the same direction as the
group. If you must, put the car in reverse to move in the same
direction as the group.
If stuck inside the car, don't curse. Don't
waive a gun. Don't threaten the mob. Don't rev the
engine or honk the horn. Don't get out of the car.
Don't go through the mob. Drive along the
mob or around it.
Don't look at individuals or the mob. Look
past them so they don't see you as identifying them, or targeting
them in some way. They will ignore you as a result.
If necessary, climb into the back seat and into
It's possible that a camera is catching the flash
mob in progress. Your face may be on the video. That
video may be seen on television.
Don't make eye contact with the mob. Look
Move with the mob and leave.
Stay low. The more upright you are the more
likely you are noticed.
If the group is chanting something, repeat the
same mantra as you move through the crowd and until you exit.
If the groups is screaming, scream with them as you exit.
If the mob picks you up, go limp. Turn
yourself into dead weight. Relax as much as possible and
pretend to have passed out. Your body weight will make you
feel very heavy and a burden to carry. They'll pick your pockets and move on.
If you fall unto the ground, your first threat is
to be kicked. If they are not kicking you or beating you, then
you may be trampled on. Trampling as a result of a panic is
just as dangerous as being kicked by others.
The job of the police is to keep the peace and
quell rioting. Don't move forward toward the police.
This may be considered confrontational.
Again, move to the outside of the group. Move laterally.
Take an exit from the group, and move away from the police.
The police cannot tell you are caught in this mob or part of the
If you have no other option, approach the police
with your hands plainly in view. Ask for help in an obvious
manner. Consider taking your photo ID and approach the police
with photo ID in plain view ahead of you.
FLASH MOB VS. RIOT
A riot is governed by chaos, targets of
opportunity and various shifts of attention.
A group of three to five people may direct a mob
for a short time.
The willingness of the mob is fickle and may turn
on the leaders at any time for reasons that may not make any sense.
You cannot make sense out of nonsense.
A riot is fueled by people who feel they have no
voice. They are frustrated with their target and
probably feel they are without recourse. The often find a
scapegoat. The violence may escalate against the scapegoat due
The riot partially involves people who enjoy
violence and are looking for excuse to project it.
Many of those who riot are self delusional about
A minority want to be leaders. Again, the
riot is fickle and may turn on the leaders.
Looting and theft are common motivators.
Sentiment may change from seeking change to theft.
Many participants are ruled by the need for
immediate gratification. If they don't immediately obtain the
answer they want, they'll take what they want-- or who they want.
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