Unexpected Return

They gave an ex-con a job and a chance.

He just showed the employer how much he appreciated that kindness.

He’s being hailed as the “Baltimore Batman.”

Image source: WHP-TV

And while he looks nothing like the iconic superhero, Brian Woodyard clearly was an imposing presence when he showed up Monday night at the bar where he’s a bouncer during the rioting that gripped the city.

“I asked them to please let me stay in because then I could set up a defense,” Woodyard told WHP-TV. But he left before the rioting began.

During that time surveillance video showed looters ripping off liquor and tobacco from the Old Clubhouse after breaking through a huge grate covering a front window.

Image source: WHP-TV

But then Woodyard came back — and you might say he was dressed for success.

He had donned a long dark overcoat, slipped on a white surgical mask — and was wielding a  machete.

This man stood stood guard at a liquor for hours last night during the #Baltimore riots http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11567301/Violence-and-vigilantism-as-Baltimore-erupts-into-rioting.html 

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“I was just trying to get the bar cleared and hope and pray to God that they didn’t set it on fire and destroy everything,” he told WHP-TV.

Woodyard sitting on the steps of the Old Clubhouse. (Image source: WHP-TV)

Woodyard said a reporter on the scene told him he scared off about 50 looters from the bar. Beforehand, the looters cost the place a few thousand dollars in damage and stolen inventory.

So why such a life-and-limb commitment to his place of employment?

Image source: WHP-TV

Turns out it was his way of showing appreciation to those who hired him: Woodyard is an ex-con.

“These people actually stood up and gave me a chance,” he told the station.

In Woodyard’s estimation, he’s no Batman: “I’m just a plain guy,” he said, calling himself simply one of many who stood up and did what needed doing on a night the city was in trouble.

Image source: WHP-TV

“A lot of us did not wear masks,” Woodyard told WHP. “But a lot of us did defend our homes, defend our storefronts, defend our bars and we did our best.”

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Comments (22)

  1. fierylady

    It is great to see more people like this!

    May 01, 2015
  2. noahbody

    Took guts though I have no doubt he felt fear. True appreciation is amazing.

    May 01, 2015
    1. SEC

      Indeed and it does not always find expression

      May 01, 2015
  3. rebecca2013

    someone who took a stand against anarchy and chaos… bravo.

    May 01, 2015
    1. SEC

      Yes,

      May 01, 2015
  4. johnnygreybeard

    Good post

    May 01, 2015
  5. Nightbane

    Every now and then, people do change for the better.

    May 01, 2015
    1. SEC

      I’m of the opinion it starts with a strong internal desire that recieves encouragement

      May 01, 2015
      1. Nightbane

        Is one way, yes.

        May 01, 2015
        1. SEC

          IMHO is the best way

          May 01, 2015
          1. Nightbane

            Which way is best is the way works for the one wishing to change. that rarely includes any sort of encouragement, most will tell you how it’s such a lovely idea and so good and how you’ll be right back to ( insert what is to be changed here ) next week.
            People change because they wish to change. It helps if others are supportive. support isn’t at all necessary, a damned good thng as most actually are either quite non – supportive if not outright indifferent.

            May 01, 2015
            1. SEC

              yes but it starts with the wish aka desire

              May 01, 2015
            2. Nightbane

              Greed and avarice are also quite valid and potent motivations. Fleecing people legally is alright, outright taking isn’t.

              May 01, 2015
            3. Nightbane

              and sometimes it’s simply the person will do anything it takes never to be a prison bitch again…

              May 01, 2015
  6. Nightbane

    on entirely unrelated subject, I’ve just had the dubious pleasure of painting a kitchen for a colourblind person. Person thinks it’s pale grey, is actually cool pink.
    can you please tell me why I now want to draw Hello Kitty all over walls and ceiling?

    May 01, 2015
    1. SEC

      Frustration and your inner imp!

      May 01, 2015
      1. Nightbane

        Must be all the pink, is too cool and light to summon any other image in me mind.

        May 01, 2015
  7. GoldenPig2012

    There you go, all lives matter, even ex-cons, we can all make a difference. Rioting, looting, thievery and destruction – criminal behavior, don’t care why you do it. This man got out of prison, got a job, was grateful for it and went above and beyond because he cared. Tells you the world ain’t all bad.

    May 01, 2015
  8. EZWAYZ

    What?!? an ex-con with a deadly weapon? If one of those poor, innocent rioters had been hurt –

    May 01, 2015
    1. SEC

      My heart bleeds

      May 01, 2015
      1. EZWAYZ

        hey, you heard the mayor, “give ’em space!”

        May 01, 2015
        1. SEC

          May 01, 2015