There are a lot of jokes about drummers. For example, what do you call a drummer without a girlfriend? Homeless.
But a violent incident between a busking drummer and a would-be thief at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf Wednesday could be a set up for a new addition to the drummer joke canon. First, the details:
Around 5:30pm on March 16, a 27-year-old woman attempted to steal from the tip jar of a 57-year-old drummer playing on the sidewalk near Pier 43, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
When the drummer attempted to stop her from taking his hard-earned cash, she began hitting him with a skateboard. In response, he pulled what police described as a "pipe" from his drum set and smacked her on the head, according to the incident report.
Soon after the police arrived, arrested the woman and took her to a nearby hospital for treatment -- the drummer's blow left a gash on her head but, according to the report, her injuries were not life-threatening. The report also declared that the drummer's attack was in self-defense.
Calls to the SFPD for updates on the suspect had not been returned by Thursday afternoon.
As for a new drummer joke: What do you get if you try to steal money from a drummer? A beat you can't dance to.