A full Hells Angel patch had his TikTok account recently banned after posting photos of himself dropping water balloons from a Vancouver apartment building at the homeless below.
Jaimie Yochlowitz, of the Hardside chapter of Hells Angels, began posting the videos a few months ago, although she lamented last week in an Instagram post that her TikTok account had been banned.
“That didn’t take long,” he wrote of a screenshot of the TikTok note banning the account, which used his nickname “Jewsifer.”
The water balloon videos and posts were sent to Postmedia by someone who had obtained copies.
Yochlowitz did not respond to a message sent via Instagram requesting comment. But less than an hour later, all of his social media accounts were gone.
He had also posted the same water balloon videos on his Instagram account under the caption “Wet and Wild.”
In one of the videos, he fills a red water balloon in the kitchen sink and comments that substance users block his garage door underneath. She then opens the window and throws the balloon at someone who is lying on a blanket in the alley. The victim yells “ahhh” as the balloon hits the ground nearby, spattering him.
Yochlowitz later posted that he had found a new place to live and moved out.
“As fun as it was to drop balloons on heads, I’m glad I left that neighborhood,” she wrote.
While Yochlowitz does not show his face in the videos, the visible tattoos on his left hand match those in other photos where his face is clearly visible. And the Instagram account also has the same username: he nicknamed her ‘Jewsifer’.
The videos appear to have been shot from an apartment on the top floor of a building at 150 East Cordova overlooking an alley. Postmedia visited the location on Friday and found the same street art and graffiti visible in the videos.
Several people in the area said they thought the videos were disgusting even though they hadn’t seen the balloons being released.
George Middleton, who works across from the alley where the balloons were dropped, said “it’s terrible. What if it wasn’t water he was putting in those balloons? As if it could have been anything. Or how about if you froze a little? If you dropped them from that height, it would kill someone,” Middleton said after being shown one of the videos by Postmedia.
He said the level of frustration among people in the neighborhood is rising.
“After watching the videos, it’s pretty explicit where it’s coming from and what’s going on. It’s just wrong.
Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin said police are now investigating the videotaped incidents.
Taz Khandwani of the Pivot Legal Society called the balloon releases “abhorrent acts” that “are yet another brazen example of violence directed against homeless and substandardly housed members of our society.”
“Ultimately, this violence is supported by anti-homeless policies and rhetoric from police and government officials, which create housing insecurity and legitimize stigma against homelessness,” he said.
Hells Angels spokesman Rick Ciarniello did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
Retired Vancouver Police motorcycle specialist Brad Stephen said the videos are disturbing.
“Anyone who victimizes those who are vulnerable reflects a certain mindset. These poor people need help, not taunts,” Stephen said. “I remember the days when outlaw biker gang members would surround a guy in a nightclub just for looking at him the wrong way. If this was a member of the Hells Angel, then his actions represent the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.”