Last week, on Trần Công Hoan Street in Hà Nội’s Ba Dinh District, one man terrified onlookers.
Was he brandishing a gun? Screaming obscenities? Predicting a pending apocalypse?
No, he was simply climbing an electric pole.
Apparently, the sight of a young, blond Vietnamese man attempting to repair the electricity network was too much for many people, some of whom speculated he was in the midst of a drug-induced hallucination.
A passer-by posted some photos of him on Facebook, showing him climbing up the pole and then sitting on the wire like a spider, causing netizens to panic.
Showing restraint typical of the internet, commenters said he clearly wasn’t in his right mind. As if so often the case though, there’s more to a picture than can be seen on screen.
The user who uploaded the photo later shared that the young man had been hired to fix the pole and was meant to be up there.
All’s well that end’s well then, though perhaps next time he should have worn some safety equipment, lest a frightened crowd attack him out of terror.