If there’s one art form we can all agree on as the pinnacle of Australia‘s cultural output, it’s the art of the buck’s night brawl. And here’s one for the history books: a buck’s party at a pub on Chapel St in Melbourne descended into fist-flailing chaos after a bloke on the street nicked a cricket bat from a kid in a nearby convenience store and used it to start beating one of the guests.
There’s a lot to absorb there so feel free to take a minute to process it all.
Reports from the scene say the biff started when a man and a woman on the street started heckling the men sitting in the outdoor area of Bridie O’Reilly’s pub.
Then the bloke hit one of the guys in the face. Not satisfied with this level of needless violence, he then took off to a nearby 7-Eleven, where, according to a local shop owner, he stole a cricket bat from a kid, returned to the pub, and started hitting a 65-year-old man.
The buck’s party responded by swarming over the pub’s fence and going berserk in the way only a gaggle of blokes celebrating one of their party getting hitched can.
The shop owner told media:
Something fuelled the fire and they’ve gone apeshit. The two wanted a beating and they copped a beating. They started it.
Footage from the event looks pretty much exactly as you’d expect, with the brawl spilling into the street and between cars while passersby scarper for the nearest shop. Several people were treated for minor injuries at the scene, including the 65-year-old man who had a minor injury to his arm, and two people in their 20s who had sustained cuts to their head. Who would have thought one of our nation’s favourite pastimes could lead to actual injury! Colour me shocked.
Surprisingly, our cricket bat-wielding friend has taken off undetected. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.