URBANA, OH – Fast-thinking bystanders in a local bar banded together to release a woman who was pinned under an incessant barrage of blather from a self-absorbed boor.
Christina Harter had been minding her own business, enjoying an after-work drink by herself. “Not something I ordinarily do,” said Harter, who tends to stick with friends in a group to fend off unwanted interactions. “But I just wanted to unwind a little before going home.”
Bar patron Chadwick Meister picked up on Harter’s unguarded state, and moved in under the auspices of making conversation. Twenty minutes later, it was clear to all within earshot that the topic was going to be exclusively Meister’s accomplishments in film production, rugby, and automobile ownership.
From a nearby table, coworkers saw subtle signals of distress from Harter. Becky Bales, Cynthia Talbot, and Melanie Smyth formulated a plan to link arms and extract Harter to safety.
“She was much too polite to walk away or tell the guy to buzz off,” said Bales. “We corroborated her need with a few subtle eye signals, and acted.”
Bales and team approached Harter from the back, and secured a tight grip on her before making a synchronized motion to pull her clear of Meister’s range.
A grateful Harter joined the rescue team for an appetizer and a drink while they discussed possible exit scenarios, the most popular of which is to wait for Meister to start chatting up the bartender.