A video was released by British police showing a jogger on a pedestrian walkway roughly pushing a woman such that she fell into the path of an oncoming bus. It was only the quick thinking of the bus driver who swerved that prevented a tragic death.
What has enraged people is that the push seemed entirely unprovoked and the jogger did not even pause in his running. To add to the injury, “Fifteen minutes after the incident, which occurred around 7:40 AM, the woman saw her aggressor jogging back over the bridge and tried to engage him, but police said he “did not acknowledge her and carried on jogging.””
The police released the video to try and identify the jogger but what is puzzling is that they released the video just now when the incident took place back in May. But despite that time lapse they seem to think that they have identified the person and he has been arrested and charged and released on bail but not yet publicly identified. However reports have suggested that it was an American partner in a private equity firm though he has denied it, saying he was in the US at that time.
What has caused outrage is that the jogger had plenty of space to go by the woman because the path is 8 to 10 feet wide and indeed she had moved to the side of the path as he approached. What made him do such a thing? And why would he not even stop? Some are labeling it ‘jogger rage’ and as one might expect, the internet has had a wide range of responses.
Since releasing the video on Tuesday, police have received a slew of reports across the country of similarly aggressive incidents between runners–though none as life-threatening as the one on Putney Bridge.
The Telegraph ran an article by a runner who said he was “shocked by not surprised” when he saw the video, and that he’d “lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen moments of jogger rage: aggressive runners barking at pedestrians, shaking their fists at drivers (or banging them on car bonnets), or angrily elbowing slower trotters out of the way at a ‘fun run’.”
On Twitter, many scoffed at the “jogger rage” conceit. One woman tweeted a link to the news with the hashtag #probablyprivileged, referring to the shover. Another tweeted that “jogger rage” was a silly excuse for “a white male attempting to assault/murder an innocent woman.”
Some idiots have gone to great lengths to blame the victim, arguing that the woman attempted to trip the jogger, leaving him with no choice but to shove her into the street in self-defense.
The simple answer may be that the jogger is a jerk.