CANADA—Kevin Vickers, the man credited with stopping the Parliament Hill shooter in October 2014, has inspired a movement. After Vickers dispatched a peaceful protestor in Ireland last week, people started using his name as a verb to mean protecting innocents through decisive and harsh action.
“Did you see the way Vickers manhandled that protestor?” asked self-identified do-gooder, Ian Hallman. “I figured if the ambassador to Ireland can take someone out, I can do my part.” Hallman is currently disputing child endangerment charges after throwing his son’s playmate in a swimming pool. “That little shit was about to blow out Randy’s candles, so I Kevin Vickersed that kid!”
Vickers incidents have even been trending on social media. @halifaxhelen recently tweeted Your dog craps on my lawn, I mail it back to you #Vickersed
The term has worked its way into common parlance across the country. “My boyfriend frog marched a guy out of McDonald’s the other day for yelling at the gal behind the counter,” said Nanaimo resident Mary-Ann Washington. “He totally Vickersed that guy.”
Police are encouraging people to report law-breaking incidents, and to let the professionals handle such cases. “Otherwise,” said Calgary staff sergeant Oliver Wells, “stop being such a bunch of assholes and abide by the rules of common sense and decency.”