It reminds me of the tradition among certain Society for Creative Anachronism members of 'freaking the mundanes'- that is, wearing your garb into a 21st century establishment, then acting in a manner that is supposed consistent with your 10th century persona, but which bore more resemblance to Conan the Barbarian. Getting a female convenience store clerk to draw back in fear was particularly witty. The attribution always was that she had to be a ridiculously uptight, or unimaginative, person if she wasn't amused by men with swords stabbing the merchandise. Ha, ha, we really showed HER a lesson!
You can imagine I was not popular among the young men who thought this was amusing. Fortunately I had enough rank in the SCA that they pretty much had to listen when I told them it was inconsistent with chivalric ideals to deliberately put a woman in fear for her life for their own entertainment. Now, I'd probably be asking them what was wrong with their heads, that they thought that terrorizing women WAS entertainment.