In Malmö, Sweden, a classical music concert ended in a fist fight after two strangers had a dispute over a… gum wrapper.
The incident happed on Thursday night. Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra were performing Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5 when, on the second balcony, a woman started rustling a chewing gum wrapper.
Annoyed by the noise, the young man seated next to the woman grabbed the wrapper from her hand and threw it on the floor. The woman kept quiet for the rest of the symphony, but retaliated as soon as the music stopped.
“When the applause broke out, the woman turned towards the man and said something,” Britt Aspenlind, a nearby witness said. “The woman gave the younger man a slap right in his face. He became angry and started fighting back.”
Aspenlind added that the slap was so hard that it knocked the young man’s glasses right off his face. But to make matters worse, the woman’s male companion joined in too, grabbing the young man by the shirt and punching him.
“It was very unpleasant actually. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said another audience member, Olof Jönsson.
Both parties were eventually restrained and asked to leave the concert hall.
In response to the altercation, Malmö Live – the venue where the brawl occurred – posted a reminder:
“Everyone thinks it’s great to sit on a hockey or soccer game and drink a beer or coffee and have some snacks. The tempo is high and the volume, so you do not disturb anyone,” it read. “However, in a concert hall with world-class acoustics, it is not however suitable to bring rustling bags of crisps.”
Via Tone Deaf