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"I Need Beer" Man vs. "I Need Weed" Man In Classic Times Square Bum Fight

NY1 - A man was arrested Friday after an argument between two panhandlers in Times Square allegedly turned violent when one allegedly stabbed the other with a pen. Police say a man holding a sign reading “I need money for weed” and a man holding a sign reading “I need beer” got into a fight over panhandling turf. Wayne Semancik, the man holding the beer sign, said the dispute escalated when the other man spit in his face. “When you spit in my face, darling, I’m going to hit you. I don’t care who you are, how big you are, I’m going to hit you,” Semancik said. “So the man, he pulled out a pen because I was hitting him, and he started stabbing me in the face, and I have five stab wounds in my face right now.” The man holding the beer sign was treated for lacerations. There is no word yet on charges against the man holding the weed sign.

Everyone knows spitting in another person’s face is the most disrespectful thing that you can do to someone. Doesn’t matter if its the I Need Weed Bum or someone who’s gainfully employed with shelter – if they spit in your face you have no choice but to throw fists. Especially between these two. We all know how precious panhandling territory can be in Times Square. And we all know there are a lot of people who are probably on Team Weed or Team Beer. Sure, we all love both but if you’re picking which bum to donate to, you’re gonna pick your favorite – either booze or drugs. So tensions are already high, and a loogie to the face is just the spark that lights the fuse and blows up in the form of a bum fight.

Doesn’t matter if you end up getting stabbed in the face 5 times with a pen. The I Need Beer Man has no choice but to turn violent if the I Need Weed Man spits on his face.

PS – Calling that reporter “darling” and pausing to take a sip of that quarter water was the cockiest thing a toothless homeless dude has ever done.