They were doing The Charleston.
Oh yeah, you heard right. A couple were actually arrested for doing a 1920's era dance in public. The cops forced the guy to the ground and everything! Apparently when they were told that dancing in the subway is illegal and they'd have to go to the police station, the dapper gentleman dancer started recording what was happening.
That was when he took an involuntary face plant in the cement.
Oh Mr Policeman, surely you realise by now that it's never a good idea to up the violence when the video recording equipment comes out! Don't you remember Rodney King?
And sure, doing The Charleston in public might be a bit dorky, but it's hardly the stuff of hardened criminals. Hell, if I got arrested for every silly thing I did in public, I'd have a rap sheet as long as my arm! In fact, I'm pretty sure I've done The Charleston myself in a public place or two. Should I expect the SWAT team to come crashing through my windows any minute now?
It's a travesty of course. You can't arrest people for dancing! What is this, Footloose? Come on people, Kevin Bacon died for our sins so we could dance in whatever way we wanted ... at least I think that's how it went. I saw that film at a sleepover and I was painting my nails while it was on so I didn't really pay it as much attention as I probably should have.
The court seems to agree with me though, considering the dancing duo were awarded seventy five thousand in compensation ... but is it wrong that I kind of wish I'd been there in that subway to see it? I mean, how many times in your life will you get the chance to see a couple dancing like Bonnie and Clyde, only to be tackled to the ground by the police?
I'm never around for the good stuff.