The mean streets of New York can be exceedingly tough, a fact that an upbeat young man from Florida found out the hard way. According to Gawker, King’s College freshman Jesse Scott Owen was knocked unconscious by a mattress that reportedly fell 30 stories before landing on the suspecting guy. Fortunately, his injuries weren’t life-threatening.
“I was walking on the left side of the street — which I never do — and as I’m walking I get hit on the head with something. I was knocked out, I don’t know for how long,” he explained to The Gothamist. “I was awoken by people were putting me up on the mattress, including one man who I think worked for the Stock Exchange.”
Bystanders who watched Owen get clocked with the mattress pulled the injured young man off the sidewalk and onto the offending object. “I was wondering why I was on the mattress and they explained it had fallen on me and knocked me out!” Owen said, clearly amused by the incident. “I thought that was kind of hysterical. But everyone’s telling me not to move, and this one man in particular kept his arm on me and would not take it off, as you can see in the picture. He took my wallet and phone and called my mother and gave my information to the police.”
The most amusing aspect of this story didn’t take place until after Owen returned home from the mattress attack. While searching for news of the event on the internet, the college freshman was pleasantly surprised by an article he encountered.
“When I first Googled it to see if anyone had written about this I tried searching ‘boy hit by mattress wall street’ and that didn’t work,” Owen explained. “So I tried ‘man hit by mattress’ and [the Gothamist article] came up. I was psyched. ‘That’s right, I’m a man now! They said it was a man knocked out on the sidewalk.’”
Although New York’s most upbeat new resident reportedly suffered a herniated disc from the falling mattress, at least it didn’t squash his positive attitude.