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Video: Horrible Humans Do BMX Bike Tricks Over Homeless People
In today's "what the hell is wrong with people" news, a video has surfaced of BMX bikers doing dangerous bicycle tricks over homeless people in Skid Row as if they were props.
The controversial video was posted on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of OSS bike shop (the "OSS" stands for "On Some Shit") on Feb. 26, and despite the outrage the store has faced from folks, they won't take the video down. Now, how's that for some hope for humanity?
In the video, you can see BMX biker Brandon Begin (who is sponsored by OSS) and his friends Jeff Cadger and David Grant speeding up towards sleeping homeless people on the sidewalks and jumping and spinning over them with their bikes.
NBC Los Angeles talked to Adam Grandmaison, the owner of the three-month-old bike shop just a street away from Skid Row downtown, about why he hasn't taken down the video from the store's social media pages despite all the negative flack they've received.
"It’s like right on the line of being messed up you know and so that was kind of a concern for me," said Grandmaison. "Being that nobody got hurt or anything, I didn’t think that it was too offensive."
OSS posted this message on Facebook on Tuesday:
For the record nobody who works at or owns OSS had anything to do with that video. I saw it after the fact (I was out of the country) and re-posted it on our Facebook without giving it much thought.
However, a post on OSS's Facebook page today read, "Brandon Begin is a criminal, don't blame us for his woeful deeds."
In an article Grandmaison personally penned for The Come Up today, he tried to explain himself some more after his video caught wind with the media:
I suppose this is where I should apologize for sort of kind of condoning my friends bunnyhopping over a couple of homeless people. Honestly I’ve never bunnyhopped over a homeless person but I wasn’t exactly offended seeing my friends do it either. That video captured the anti-social aspect of riding street that I’ve always loved. The news are trying to pass this off as us having no respect for the homeless, which apparently passes for a legitimate news story in 2014. A few hundred people briefly complaining on Facebook doesn’t strike me as something that necessitates a segment on the news. But it doesn’t exactly bother me either. Maybe, just maybe, some little kid will see that video and get motivated to ride down the street and bunnyhop over some shit, human or not.
Um... good try, dude.
"This is just a matter of not having value for another human being," LAPD Officer Deon Joseph told NBC Los Angeles.
Here's the horrible video: