I had a moral dilemma yesterday evening. I was riding the train and there were these two wierdos riding in it. Clearly all eyes on the train were on them. One guy had a tan trenchcoat, no shirt, low-hanging shorts and white shorts underneath that were fastened at the waist, making them stick out above the other pair of shorts.
Anyway, they were causing a scene, dancing around the train, rapping, and some other stuff. I was listening to my music and tried to ignore them, but suddenly I noticed them having a loud angry dispute with this old man. Several times, one would rush up to assault him, only to be held back by the first guy. One of them kept calling the old guy "nigga" even though no one in the confrontation was black. Anyway, I soon found out they were mad at him because the old man had taken a picture of them with his phone and refused to erase it. I had to admit, I thought the punks had the moral high ground in that case, but it was really hard for me to side with them.
As I left the station, the punks met up with some other friends of theirs and pointed out the old man as he was leaving. They followed him and I did not want to be the guy who witnessed an assault and did nothing, so I followed too. Only one of them moved in and tried to attack him. I ran up and shouted, "If you assault that man, I'm calling the cops. Now, get out of here!" In the end, I felt a ton of regret. The old man still got to walk away with the picture. Even though they shouldn't have resorted to intimidation and violence, the outcome probably didn't feel just to the other party. Looking back, I wish I had at least spoken to the old man to see if I could talk him into erasing the picture without using coercion. I probably won't see those punks again, but if I wasn't worried about getting a revenge beating, I wish I could apologize.