Have you ever had that feeling of driver’s distress when you’re trying to parallel park and then a car comes up behind you, pressuring you to get it right on the first try — and quickly? The driver of this Fiat 500 trying to make a U-turn in a tiny car-lined street in Napels, Italy, is sure to know the feeling.
At first he is just doing his thing — making progress inch-by-inch in the many point turn it would end up being before he turned himself around — then a car comes up on one side, adding some pressure.
Within a few moments another car boxes him in on the other side.
Then the stress-inducing honking starts and gawkers are brought to the scene to more stress.
In less than two minutes, more cars begin to box everyone in and more spectators come out. In their defense, some people eventually start trying to help direct the Fiat driver.
Then — and you can’t make this up — a motorcycle gang shows up. Then there’s a lot of Italian yelling.
If you thought the motorcycle gang was about as crazy as the whole backup would get — think again. Enter a religious procession.
Midway through, the person filming the situation decides to leave his bird’s-eye-view and go down among the chaos. There he captures more in-your-face Italian yelling and honking.
Although everyone was so mad at the Fiat driver for causing such a mess, they were all so excited when he finally was able to unstuck his vehicle. They chanted “Bravo!”
As of now, we can’t say for sure if the event was staged. But either way, as you might expect, such a fiasco couldn’t remain hidden from the Internet for long. The video has gone viral since its posting last week, being reposted to YouTube several times with the original video receiving more than 700,000 views and other videos receiving thousands of hits as well.
Watch the nearly 10 minutes of building chaos from one car’s actions: