4 Seattleites show how to escalate any situation in 5 easy steps
SEATTLE -- The Internet is full of lessons on how to deescalate tense situations in order to get through them safely. But, what if you want to escalate a situation? Let the following situation be your guide.
According to the Seattle Police Department, a couple were walking through Westlake Park around 9:30 p.m. June 9 on the way to see a movie at Pacific Place when the boyfriend bumped into a woman.
Escalation Step 1
When the woman told the boyfriend to watch out, instead of apologizing and walking away he reportedly replied, "Maybe you should watch where you're going."
That led to a brief argument between the boyfriend and the woman.
Escalation Step 2
The argument culminated with the woman flipping the boyfriend off. At this point, the boyfriend could have walked away with his girlfriend and enjoyed the movie, possibly "After Earth" with Jaden Smith.
What the boyfriend actually did according to the report was flip the woman off right back and offer an "[expletive] you" before walking off with his girlfriend.
Escalation Steps 3 and 4
This is an escalation two-fer. Moments after the boyfriend walked away, a different woman walked up behind him and hit him in the back with a skateboard, according to the report.
In response, the boyfriend reportedly told the new woman, "[Expletive], I'm going to [expletive] kill you."
Escalation Step 5
According to the report, as the boyfriend started walking toward the new woman, a man who was with her pulled out a pocket knife and told the boyfriend, "No, I'm going to kill you."
The woman with the skateboard then ran off, and the boyfriend chased after her.
Meanwhile, the girlfriend flagged down an officer and reported that a bunch of people just chased her boyfriend down the street, according to the report.
The boyfriend came back a few minutes later and reportedly told the officer he was only chasing the woman because he wanted to hold her for police.
And, now you know how to take a simple, everyday situation and escalate it into something requiring a police report.