Pedal Pub ambushed by "flash mob" downtown

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How could you NOT want to mess with these people?
Before Pedal Pub season came to a close, Scott Ranney and his wife decided they ought to give it a try. They rounded up five other couples and drove in from their Lakeville home for a night in the city.

Everything was going great on the gooney contraption until the group started to make its way to The Local. As they headed down Nicollet Mall, the pub rolled to a stop at a red light. Then it all went to hell.

"It happened so fast," recalls Ranney.

Even before they got to the light, Ranney says the bar-on-wheels ran into trouble near the light rail stop. He says a group of about seven or eight 10-year-olds jumped on the Pedal Pub and tried to grab their wallets.

"They were just being annoying and rude saying things like, 'Oh, we're so wasted,'" he says. "It was really disturbing."

After a while, the Pedal Pubbers managed to kick the kids off and continued to the intersection of 6th Street and Nicollet.

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Sitting ducks.

Almost the instant they stopped at a red light, a crowd of "25 to 40 young African Americans"  suddenly materialized and surrounded the pub, as Ranney told police later. The teenagers jumped up on the bar, shaking the whole contraption and screaming indecipherably. Ranney says a couple of the kids tried to grab purses from an overhead storage compartment, but that as they retreated, they dropped everything except his wife's BlackBerry. The ambush lasted only a few seconds and Ranney says no one was harmed.

"Had they wanted to do something we would have been, you know, helpless," he says.

Ranney says he watched as they gave a bus similar treatment, rocking it back and forth. The pedal pubbers regrouped and continued on their way.

"We still had a very fun time," says Ranney.

He says the incident reminded him of similar "flash mob" incidents he'd read about in the news, but at this point there's no evidence that the incident was an organized attack.

"This type of stuff makes you not want to come into the city and spend our money," he says. "You shouldn't have to deal with this -- not right on Nicollet Mall."


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22 comments
hardrockminer
hardrockminer

Jail time with Sheriff Joe in AZ. would be a good place to put the useless thugs. Bologna sandwiches and hard labor. Got my carry permit. Everyone qualified in Minneapolis should carry. Problem solved.

elviseastwood
elviseastwood

I am personally glad you were mobbed. As a resident of the city I hate the damn pedal pub! Buncha douche bag suburbanites clogging traffic and screaming like dipshits all over the city. Guess what, losers, we don't need your damn money! Go back to Woodbury, or Plymouth, or whatever lame suburb you dwell in. Get a pedal pub in your stupid burb and leave the city alone!

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

a crowd of "25 to 40 young African Americans"  suddenly materialized and surrounded the pub, as Ranney told police later. The teenagers jumped up on the bar, shaking the whole contraption and screaming indecipherably. Ranney says a couple of the kids tried to grab purses from an overhead storage compartment, but that as they retreated, they dropped everything except his wife's BlackBerry.

I am shocked!!! shocked, I tell you... that they allowed any mention of the race of the attackers... Usually the "teens" would only be called "teens"...

Thank you, CityPages, for allowing a ray of truth to shine in here.

Ruth Carter
Ruth Carter

It's awful that this happened, but it wasn't a flash mob. It was a multiple offender crime. Flash mobs, by definition, are not criminal acts: http://bit.ly/oz4Qwb.

Byron
Byron

Flashmobs are generally for merry pranksters and protesters. These sound like they were stick up kids and throw away youths praying on the vulnerable. I'd a whooped that ass.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Bored kids acting like retards? Say it ain't so.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

"This type of stuff makes you not want to come into the city and spend our money..."

"Next time we're giving our business to the Pedal-Yukon and the Applebee's it brings us to."

Seriously? 12 people from the country and not one was rocking a handgun and a C&C permit? I guess we all learned a little something today...

Daniel Loftus
Daniel Loftus

Oh no we are from lakeville and fear all races other than white people!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

The nerve of theses kids, interrupting the rich white folks night out on the town.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@David Foureyes Its illegal to be under the influence while carrying a concealed weapon

Thomassmith5
Thomassmith5

guns + booze = lose CCW. Nice idea though.

MX
MX

Unless you are a hipster on a cliché fixie bike, Lakeville is hardly the country. Why can't people just leave each other alone downtown.

Irving
Irving

12 people minding their own business. Wow, the audacity of them. Oh, and the fact they are white.......must be a bunch of rich a-holes..... Tell u what, quit bowing at the alter of the king liberal pot head do nothing you worship and go find a job! Thanks!!!

Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey

That wouldn't have been the time to whip out a gun. Luckily they teach you that kinda thing in the class to get your Carry permit.

Thomassmith5
Thomassmith5

Jesus, when's the last time you got mugged dumbass?

Byron
Byron

Daniel, why are you a self-loathing cracker?

MC
MC

There was no mention of race, or are you making a racist assumption? Also, how could you justify this. Please don't raise kids.

Ogot2GO
Ogot2GO

There is a slight difference between "interrupting" as you put it and robbing them.......

Tommyjones1977
Tommyjones1977

Go back to occupying Wall Street you worthless unemployed liberal d-bagg........

Barack_II
Barack_II

Yeah.  Stay in suburbia, jerk.  You deserve to get hassled and have your stuff stolen.  This is Amerikkka, after all!

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Pardon...wait, what? 

I'm getting such mixed signals here...I have the name of a 60 year old jewish dude, with the anger of a tired under-employed Lutheran soccer dad, yet appears to believe "you" is spelled "u" as though he's been desperately stalking his daughter's Facebook page to "reconnect".

Oh my God I've met you! I am the guy that took your job! I meant to say I was sorry as you loaded all your ugly picture frames and golf towels into the back of your C-Class with the whiskey plates...but I never had the chance...can I take a moment now...?

..sorry you will die so pathetic.

Edrlkjewhbfoln
Edrlkjewhbfoln

Dumbass,  the story said they were all black kids.

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