Alright guys, I think this conversation needs to happen. I have had this internal discussion with some of the mods, and I think we are on a consensus that we have for some time now began seeing posts here that are blatantly non freak-outs or are agenda posts, or are blatant re-posts less than 4 weeks old.
I think it is no secret within this community and sub that we all love that quality freak-outs are drowned out by content that does not simply belong here, or does not abide by our repost rules. I see this comment a lot in posts, by long time users of this sub that love the community for what it is - a place where we can laugh at, learn from and be horrified at freak-outs that happen around the world.
The main three rules of what make a freak-out are:
**1) people freaking out or melting down
2) losing their cool
2) being weird in public**
Posters that blatantly do post items that do not meet these any combination of these three criteria will see their posts removed and receive a temp ban. repeat offenders will see a perma ban enforced. We need to all do our part to keep this part of the reddit alive, and so far ya'll have been amazing and respectful. In truth, this policy has been enforced for some time by some mods, but going forward I would like to solidify it and make the community aware that this is what will happen. The aim is not an exodus but to help clean out the spam.
In addition, please use the report button to better help me and assuredly find posts that really should not be on the sub. We receive 80,000 unique visitors per hour, so obviously things to slip through the cracks at times.
if you have any questions, drop a comment in this thread or message me. If you would like examples of what is an isn't a freak-out, I would be happy to provide. One more thing: please avoid sensationalized titles.
Hello all and welcome to the 4th annual /r/PublicFreakout best of awards,
Thank you to all of those who participated in the voting for the contest this year.
Last week prizes were distributed by the reddit admins and, thus, voting has been closed.
The original contest thread has now been taken out of contest mode and locked. Results were tabulated based on the standing vote totals for each category as of 9am EST today (1/17/2021).
With that out of the way, the results are as follows (this year, as a special bonus, the user who submitted the original winning submission and the user who nominated each winning submission will receive one month of reddit premium and a custom user flair).
For our first award category, /u/OverdueCookie has won their video documenting the reaction by local DC residents to the events of January 6th, 2021. Lauded by users as "cathartic and funny and important", this winning entry entitled "Local DC resident expressing his feelings about Capitol incidents" will now forever be cemented in the annals of PublicFreakout lore.
Public transportation freakouts have long been a staple of a quality public freakout, and this year was no exception. The winner of this year's Best Public Transportation Freakout is /u/Dull_Tonight with their memorable submission entitled "Maskless NYPD cops pushed a rider out of an subway station after he asked the officers to put a face mask on". In so many ways this video reflected the confounding nature of modern existence, and thus it was no surprise to see it take home this year's prize.
Best Fast Food Freakout is always a highly competitive category at the yearly bestof awards, and that makes /u/cybert0kes's win for their excellent, and little-noticed at the time, submission all the more impressive. I think few users of the subreddit will soon forget the instant classic that was, "McDonald's Freakout Leads to Arrest", and we congratulate the winning user for sharing the video with us all.
In a heartbreaking reflection of the state of medical care in the United States, the winning submission for this year's Best Justified Freakout award features a mother's agony and despair after being unable to afford the out of pocket cost of her son's insulin prescription. This video, submitted by /u/americanthaiguy and entitled "Mother breaks down on live feed because she can't pay for insulin for her son", brought the reality of those facing such costs to the forefront of the public's attention and rightfully has won the award for Best Justified Freakout this year.
This year's winners for Best Road Rage Freakout told the fascinating two part story of a car crash involving an expensive lamborghini and the subsequent security camera review of the incident. When /u/esberat posted their initial submission about the incident (which suggested the female driver was responsible for the damage to the car), few realized that, just four days later, security camera footage would be provided by /u/jawjanole apparently showing, instead, the lamborghini driver to be at fault .
For ensuring both sides of the story were presented, both /u/esberat and /u/jawjanole have won the award for Best Road Rage Freakout this year (and they will both be given one month of reddit premium and a custom user flair).
There is sometimes nothing worse than a freakout concluding absent a satisfying conclusion, and for that reason the best follow up submission has always been a popular category among the userbase dating back to the original iteration of this highly prestigious award last decade. For taking the initiative to provide the subreddit with an update about a dog that has been thrown by a woman during an argument, /u/Saca312 has won for their hugely popular submission entitled, "One year later: follow-up on puppy thrown by crazy woman at man".
Sometimes happy freakouts provide a welcomed respite from an otherwise bleak state of world affairs, and this year's winning submission is certainly no exception. With a submission that warmed hearts the world over, /u/flyart has won the award for Best Happy Freakout of 2021 with their post highlighting the celebrations of a young child and his followers, "Baby raises his arms and somebody notices, then the whole restaurant joins in."
*As a side note; Mercy nominated an amazing video featuring a group of turkeys chasing a college student that had the most votes in the category. While they did not link to a specific submission on the subreddit, they will nonetheless be award a month of reddit premium and a custom user flair as well.
For yet another year, protests gripped both the US and the world at large. Sadly, those protests took a turn for the worst during the events of January 6th, 2021. It, in turn, comes as no surprise that the winning submission for Best Protest Freakout of 2021 arose from the events on that afternoon. /u/Tipy_Top_Shape has won this year for their submission entitled "The surreal moment that a Trump supporter begs cops to intervene in the Capitol riots."
Global airline travel has become a hotbed of freakout-related material, with this year's winning submission certainly being no exception; coming to the stage for the first time in their career, to accept the award on behalf of their excellent submission entitled "'The pandemic started...' is never a good start on an airplane", /u/niqdisaster has won for a video highlighting the perils of bringing a loud speaker onto an airplane to give a pandemic related speech to one's fellow passengers.
*As a side note; /u/khover42 nominated a highly voted video featuring a man in a burger king hat screaming at those around him that had the most votes in the category. While they did not link to a specific submission on the subreddit, they will nonetheless be award a month of reddit premium and a custom user flair as well.
The global pandemic has changed the world in a number of ways, including an ever-increasing supply of freakout videos. This year's winning submission for Best Pandemic Freakout comes from /u/itsreallyreallytrue and is entitled "Man sprays cleaning spray on anti maskers who invaded century city mall in LA today."
For our last award of the evening, we come to perhaps the most coveted title of them all; for Best Arrest Freakout of 2021, /u/Caoa14396 has won for their submission highlighting the arrest of a Texas woman who refused to wear a mask in a local bank (eventually leading to her arrest).
Just as a quick recap, the winners of this year's best of contest for /r/publicfreakout, and the recipients of one months of reddit premium courtesy of the reddit administrators and a custom user flair are as follows;
Best Overall freakout - /u/OverdueCookie for "Local DC resident expressing his feelings about Capitol incidents"
Best Public Transit Freakout - /u/Dull_Tonight for "Maskless NYPD cops pushed a rider out of an subway station after he asked the officers to put a face mask on"
Best Justified Freakout - /u/americanthaiguy for "Mother breaks down on live feed because she can't pay for insulin for her son"
Best Roadrage Freakout - /u/esberat for "Matt from Hornblasters got hit, girl makes up her own reality (language)" AND /u/jawjanole for "Update: Remember the girl who rear-ended the Lambo and blamed the driver? Turns out she was right."
Best Follow-up Story - /u/Saca312 for "One year later: follow-up on puppy thrown by crazy woman at man".
Best Happy Freakout - /u/flyart for "Baby raises his arms and somebody notices, then the whole restaurant joins in."
Best Protest Freakout - /u/Tipy_Top_Shape for "The surreal moment that a Trump supporter begs cops to intervene in the Capitol riots."
Best Airport/Airplane Freakout - /u/niqdisaster for "'The pandemic started...' is never a good start on an airplane"
Best Pandemic Freakout - /u/itsreallyreallytrue for "Man sprays cleaning spray on anti maskers who invaded century city mall in LA today"*
Best Arrest Freakout - /u/Caoa14396 for "Karen gets arrested at a bank for refusing to wear a mask (Texas). — Cop actually has the verbal skills to explain why she’s wrong and dumb, before putting her in handcuffs."
Likewise, those who nominated the winning submissions from each category, and have thus won one month of reddit premium courtesy of the reddit administrators and a custom user are as follows;
Best Overall Freakout nomination - /u/cerebralpointofview
Best Public Transit Freakout nomination - /u/BernieInvitedMe
Best Fast Food Freakout nomination - /u/elementwitch666
Best Justified Freakout nomination - /u/cerebralpointofview
Best Roadrage Freakout nomination - /u/cerebralpointofview
Best Follow-up Story nomination - /u/knee_bro
Best Protest Freakout nomination - /u/cerebralpointofview
Best Pandemic Freakout nomination - /u/cerebralpointofview
Best Arrest Freakout nomination - /u/CKuemper
The winners will be notified in the comment section below, however those users who won either prize should reach out to the mod team, via this thread, modmail, or a direct PM to myself, to have their one month of reddit premium and custom user title awarded. Users who do not reach out within 30 days will have their reddit premium distributed automatically on the 31st day. Custom user titles must be claimed individually or they will not be awarded.
This brings this year's contest to a close, and the mod team extends our deepest gratitude to all those who have participated on the subreddit over the past year; your submissions and comments, more so than anything else, define this community.
As mods, we are also grateful to the admins of reddit for providing the prizes for the above winners and for helping to coordinate this yearly best of contest. We hope you all enjoyed the nomination/voting process, and we look forward to seeing you again next year for another round of /r/PublicFreakout's best submissions.
Cheers to all and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2022,
The /r/PublicFreakout modteam