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Busker Praised For Handling Man Who Walked Up To Him And Told Him To Shut Up

Tom Wood


Busker Praised For Handling Man Who Walked Up To Him And Told Him To Shut Up

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic

A busker has been praised for his response to a man who came over and told him to shut up. You can see the whole awkward exchange in the video below:


Busker Zak Williams was on the streets of London playing some music when he was approached by a man who told him to turn it down, and even accused him of 'infringing his rights'.

It's a very strange moment, but Williams seemed to deal with it well by keeping his temper and even agreeing to turn it down, despite the fact that he probably had absolutely no need or reason to.

Another passer-by even came over to intervene as the man ranted at him, backing him up.

Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic
Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic

Zak later shared the video on his TikTok account, captioning it: "So I was out busking and this happened..."

In the video, the man interrupts him mid-song and asks him to be 'less noisy' saying he finds it 'very intrusive'.

The man continues: "I find it absolutely intrusive, what you do."

When Zak tries to respond, the man says: "No, I don't make noise. You make noise."

Zak asked him: "Well, you're making noise now aren't you?"

Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic
Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic

He added: "What's the problem, I've been doing this for years and I've never had anybody come up to me and do this?

"The reason I'm out here is so that you can walk away if you want.

"We're outside, it's a free country isn't it?"

The man hit back: "It is a free country, so I can say this."

By this stage, the third person had arrived and chimed in: "You're allowed to say it, but he doesn't have to do it."

The man then upped the ante, telling Zak: "I feel that you are infringing my rights, because I don't want to hear your noise."

Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic
Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic

When reminded that he can just walk away, he added: "No, this is a public place here, if I want to sit here I cannot escape your noise.

"Your music is not music, it's noise."

As the man eventually left, Zak said to him: "Have a nice one, Merry Christmas, see you later mate."

He then turned to camera and said: "Bloody hell."

Yep, that about sums it up.

Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic
Credit: TikTok/@zakwilliamsmusic

Since he shared the video, it's been liked more than 25,000 times and he's had thousands of comments, mostly telling him that he handled the situation impeccably.

One said: "You're polite, well done mate."

Another commented: "You handled it with class."

A third said: "There will always be miserable people who feel the need to complain about everything."

Either way, the situation was resolved without anger or further disagreement, but it's hard to argue that anyone should be able to walk up to a busker and tell them to shut up.

Topics: UK News, Music, Weird, London

Tom Wood
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