Footage has emerged showing a war veteran in Saint Petersburg, Russia, taking on thugs who insulted his man bag.
The incident began in a fast food restaurant, with the yobs taunting the former soldier about his bag. The veteran, seen wearing a black hat in the video, had reportedly been trying to order the food when he heard the other men discussing his bag.
One of the men sneered how it was ‘feminine looking’, making inappropriate and homophobic remarks about the soldier as they speculated about his sexuality.
After being referred to as ‘gay’, the unnamed soldier removed the bag from his shoulder and proceeded to punch the bully in the face.
The veteran is then approached by another yob, who he swiftly knocks to the floor. A third man then comes over and appears to be attempting to calm the situation. However, he also receives a powerful punch.
The former soldier then returns to clobbering the first man who crossed him, before hitting the other two with a chair.
The third group member can then be seen apparently explaining himself to the soldier, who heads over to offer an apology to the restaurant staff. He’s then seen shaking the peacemaker’s hand.
The altercation was captured on CCTV, with the footage later being posted online.
Many of those who’ve seen the footage have taken to social media to praise the ex-soldier for standing up for himself.
One appreciative woman, by the name of ‘Lena Semechkova’, wrote:
Those bullies got what they deserved! Love it!
While another applauded the veteran, writing:
The veteran is awesome. Respect!
According to local media, the veteran had fought during the Second Chechen War, which took place between 1999 and 2009.
The incident is not currently being investigated by police as the veteran was not reported.
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