One of the verses of the 1978 Randy Newman hit song repeatedly states, “Short people got nobody to love.” Interestingly, this sentiment seemed to resonate with at least one short individual on Long Island, which may explain the explosive outburst that occurred at a Bagel Boss establishment a while ago.
The Bagel Boss located in Bay Shore, New York became the stage for an unforgettable incident when a self-proclaimed short man unleashed a tirade against the restaurant’s female employees, using his height as an excuse for his erratic behavior.
A customer named Diana Reyes took to Facebook to share her account of the incident, stating, “This man walked into Bagel Boss this morning flipping out on a worker that was making his breakfast, calling her names and claiming she had a smirk on her face. When other people got involved, telling him to stop being rude and defending the workers, this is what happened. He began ranting about women in the shop. I cannot believe this.”
It was at this point that Reyes started recording the viral video. In the footage, someone questions why he feels it’s acceptable to degrade women, to which he responds with a heated retort, “Why is it okay for women to say, ‘Oh, you’re five feet tall,’ on dating sites? ‘You should be dead,’ that’s okay???”
The off-camera woman asks, “Who said that to you here?” His response is an ongoing tirade, “Women in general have said it on dating sites. You think I’m making that up? Everywhere I go, I get the same smirk with the biting lip.” It’s worth noting that with an attitude like his, his lack of success on dating sites might not solely be attributed to his height.
When another customer urges him to calm down, he becomes confrontational, pointing his finger and saying, “Shut your mouth! You’re not God, or my father, or my boss.” He continues to challenge the other customers, even daring one of them to “go ahead and attack me.” However, provoking someone to attack you is rarely a wise decision unless you have a strong desire to find yourself pinned down on a narrow strip of carpet.
While the original video ends with the man flat on his back in front of the morning’s bagel selection, another customer uploaded a follow-up video showcasing the aftermath. The disgruntled man, now back on his feet, exclaims, “**** your **** breakfast,” and angrily throws his own bagel on the ground. He spends another 30 seconds berating “all you women” before storming out of the establishment.
Although it’s unlikely that the man will be welcomed back anytime soon, Donald Rosner, the owner of several Bagel Boss locations, took to Twitter and offered a free mini-bagel to any customer who mentioned the viral video. In response, Long Island-based Blue Point Brewing humorously tweeted, “This morning we wanted a bagel, now we need a little beer,” along with two Bagel Boss-inspired beer labels.
Perhaps the most relatable moment in the entire meltdown occurred as the man was being tackled to the ground. Off-camera, a woman sighed and said, “Oh my god, I just wanted bagels.”