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Here’s why a man named Ronnie Pickering is breaking the internet

“Do you know who I am?”

LAST WEEK, A YouTube user named Steve Midz uploaded a video of a verbal altercation he had with a driver.

In the video, we see a driver get into an argument with a man riding a moped. It quickly escalates and turns into a full-blown row.

Source: Steve Midz/YouTube

But one exchange in particular has captured the internet’s imagination.

At one point, the driver plays the “Do you know who I am?” card.

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And yells, “I’m Ronnie Pickering!”

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And now the internet is obsessed with him.

There have been countless Vines…




And tweets.

And memes.

And comedy polls.

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In short, Ronnie Pickering has broken the internet.

For his part, Pickering claims that the moped driver in question acted like a “muppet” and “encroached into [his] safety gap” on the road.

But the 54-year-old taxi driver told the Hull Daily Mail that he accepted that he might have overreacted.

To be really honest, I was out of order. It was an over-reaction. If you look at the video, there’s no doubting that it looks bad. But you have to understand that this was an extreme provocation.

He also maintains that he is “easy-going” and not the “monster” he is portrayed as in the video.

Do you know what else he is?

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Written by Michael Freeman and originally published on DailyEdge.ie.

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