AUSTIN (KXAN) - Shoppers at WholeFoods in DowntownAustin were a little confused to find 250 people frozen inplace, depicting a snapshot in time. The people stood idly for fiveminutes in the prepared-foods section, some stuck in a positiondrinking their coffee, others with their phones up to their ears.If you find something odd is happening around you in Austin,chances are Flash MobAustin organized it.
"A flash mob definition is a group of people that will gatherduring what seems to be spontaneously and then perform a briefaction that's very unusual, and they disperse quickly," saidMelissa Filkins, who started the Flash Mob Austin group.
While flash mobs are nothing new and can be found around thecountry, the one in Austin just started this summer. Still, manywonder, 'What's the point?'
"The point is, there is no point," said Filkins. "It's just tohave fun."
The idea of having some odd fun is attracting hundreds to theirevents. The first mission was a pillow fight under the bat bridgethis past summer where 100 people showed up to take part. The wayyou find out about the missions is through social networkingsites.
"A lot of people who just searching the Web and kind of comeacross it," said Filkins.
Yet, participants do not find out what the mission is until thatday.
"Anyone can do it, anyone willing to step out of their comfortzone for about five minutes," said Indiana Adams, with Flash MobAustin. "It seems like a short enough time to make people go,'What's going on?'"
During the Austin CityLimits Festival last year, crowds of people walking down SixthStreet wondered what was going on when the group turned a strangerinto a celebrity.
"People would say, 'Who is that?' And we would say, 'She'sputting out an album this week,' or, 'She was in that Disneymovie,' and people were like, 'Wow, thank you for telling me,'"said Filkins.
Flash Mob Austin meets the first Saturday of the month in ShipePark at 2:30 p.m. to figure out that month's mission.
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