A University of Maryland junior was publicly humiliated this weekend when the link to a YouTube video of her arrest ricocheted through campus. Thousands watched the intoxicated woman get into a fight with bar bouncers and, ultimately, be arrested by police.
Another bar-goer shot the video on a Tuesday night in late April outside Cornerstone Bar and Grill on College Park’s Route 1 strip. The video was edited and posted on You Tube, where it has received more than 24,000 hits.
“This is when good YouTube videos are born. Right here, outside the bar,” someone says in the first few seconds of the video.
The 21-year-old woman in a blue sundress is shown trying to get back into the bar after closing, biting a bouncer, kicking a police officer below the belt, slipping out of her handcuffs and flipping off the crowd. She was later charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Diamondback student newspaper.
The woman told the Diamondback that she was acting in self-defense. She added (reportedly through tears) that she wished a friend had stepped in to help her: “If you ever see someone in that position, do the Good Samaritan thing.”
Let this be a cautionary tale to everyone as the semester ends and boozy celebrations break out.
Don’t drink to the point of getting kicked out of bars and biting bouncers. If one of your friends has had too much, get him or her a cab ride home. Be the friend who cuts others off, even when bartenders keep serving. And if someone gets sick, call 911.
Remember, we live in an age of cellphone cameras, YouTube and Google searches. One embarrassing drunken night can follow you forever.
(You can read the full Diamondback article here.)