She wasn’t in the mood for a melody.
A shocking video posted to TikTok captured the moment a drunk woman knocked over a street performer’s piano while he was playing, then took his tip in Athens, Georgia.
The woman, identified by TMZ as Shauntae Heard, made her way through listeners enjoying Andrew Husu’s rendition of Billy Joel’s hit song “Piano Man” when she randomly pressed the keys of his keyboard.
“No stopping!” shouted two people standing nearby before telling a confused Husu to continue playing.
The video flashes forward during the night while Husu was still sitting on the sidewalk before Heard returned with friends.
“This kind of thing happens here and there, so I usually keep playing it, but after what’s about to happen, I had to stop,” Husu said in voiceover during the viral video that garnered over 3.2 million views.
Husu does his best to ignore the heckler when he approaches the equipment a second time.
She presses the keyboard harder than she started, causing the piano to fall and crash to the floor.
“I’m so sorry,” Heard said sarcastically as her friends in the background laughed hysterically.
Then, Heard pretends to reach into Husu’s tip bucket under the false impression of making a donation, but steals the money while the distracted musician reaches for his keyboard.
Husu caught on to the malicious act, shouting at Heard as she ran away: “Hey, hey, hey!
A helpless group of people surrounding Husu helped the street performer by retrieving his piano, with one person handing over all the money in his wallet to help him make up for what had been lost.
“This is so sad. I’m sorry this happened bro. Keep playing and making people happy. You don’t deserve this. If I was here I would support you🙏🏼,” one viewer commented .
“That’s one miserable person right there… && you Sr, are so talented, keep shining ✨️,” one commenter responded.
“She needs to be charged ASAP, I hope you get your hard earned money back,” said another respondent.
Heard later issued a public apology on her now-private Instagram account, saying her family had also been targeted on social media, the Daily Mail reported.
“I took responsibility for my actions. I know it was wrong and I didn’t know myself, but please keep my family away,” Heard said.
“Your problem is with me, not my family, you get nothing out of texting them or me and I’ve already apologized to whoever we spoke to. It’s okay no, I didn’t steal any money and I didn’t break the piano, I’m a human like all of you,” she continued.
“I’ve seen worse downtown, it’s nothing compared to what I did and I know it’s not good. The person I’m apologizing to accepted my apology and we had a really good conversation on the phone and that’s all that matters, you guys are mean, the way you text me and my family and create fake pages, you get nothing. from this you will all remain blessed,” Heard finished.
Husu has since accepted the apology, according to a message shared on Facebook Messenger revealed by Heard, the Mail reported.
“I’ve been telling people not to pick on you, but I can’t control what happens, so this is my way of trying not to let people pick on you,” Husu said in the text.
“However, you need to know that your actions have consequences and while I feel bad that people are harassing you, you need to admit it.”
New York Post