I was at Starbucks and a kind looking older man was blasting top 40 music from his iPad. I’ve never seen anything like this before. People always wear headphones. I didn’t know if he was oblivious, intentionally trying to add to the holiday atmosphere or if I was on candid camera. I put on my headphones, blasting the volume to drown out his, and just stayed around to watch to see if he would take the disruption to the next level or if anyone would approach him. Neither happened and after an hour he left Starbucks.

I like how weird it felt to see something that went against social etiquette. I think I was mostly interested because I just could not put rationale to this stranger’s actions.