“Kevin Vickers” becomes verb used by would-be heroes

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.”

Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don't hold that against me because I'm also Canadian. Just think of me as the mole.

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