By wowthanksworld - 22/03/2013 15:42 - United States
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It comes down to legalities. A friend was out in her yard and witnessed a man fall off of his bike. She rushed to help and called the paramedics. Was feeing good about helping her fellow man. Until the summons came. He is suing her claiming she made him fall. It hasn't gone to court yet so I don't have what the verdict is. But help people at your own peril.
I would rather be sued than perpetuate this problem. People need to learn to help and accept help without fear of repentance. Yes, it is the way the world is. And it's going to stay that way as long as people use that as an excuse for inaction. I once collapsed in my high school hallway trying to get to the nurse's office as I went into shock. Couldn't move, but I was lucid enough to see half a dozen students and at least one teacher pass right by me and stare at me as if I'd grown a second head without saying a word. People suck, and a little compassion means the world when it is you who are in need of help.
34- its sad that it actually does happen. A mate of mine was put in a similar situation. The man on the ground was unconscious so he dialed 000 and followed instructions from emergency services. Afew months later he was in court for allegedly damaging the unconscious mans neck. Although the charges were dropped, its a kick to the dick of a price to pay to pay for helping your fellow man.
When I was young, I got hit by a car; I got a ride to my house that was a couple of blocks away, from a stranger. In hindsight I shouldn't have moved at all in case of neck injury and could have gotten kidnapped, raped, or what have you by said stranger. My point is though, not all of humanity is corrupt.
It's easy to say that if you're not the one being sued. Someone who sues another person could destroy their life if they win. That person (the one who was sued) could be thrown in debt, lose their car or even their house and be left unable to support themselves. You seriously think people shouldn't worry about that? Do you think the person who sued is going to care?
Gosh, where are you guys from?? I've never seen anything like that! I live in Tasmania, Australia, and have often gotten faint and passed out in public. I've found the opposite problem, there's always heaps of people wanting to help me! Never have I been, or heard of anyone being ignored. Once I was in town, really upset because I had lost my car keys somewhere, and I was trying to retrace steps trying to find them. A couple offered to help me, and spent the next 20 minutes looking until we found them. Not everywhere in the world is shit... Yet.
You can't really call people "selfish". It's called "The Bystander Effect". At first, when you hear about it you'll think "it's just some bullshit scientists throw out to not feel bad about themselves" but infact its true. Two psychological phenomenon's occur. The one stated up above and "The sheep effect" or "Herd Thinking". It may sound inhumane or selfish, but it's something that we, as humans, have developed to protect ourselves. Deny it all you want, claim how if you were there you'd help without giving second thought. Chances are, if you were in that situation, you'd just walk along like anybody else. Look at what the person above me posted. "My friend saw a guy fall off his bike, she went to help, AND THEN SHE WAS SUED". It's things like this that we just subconsciously decide it isn't worth the risk.
I've passed out a few times on public transit (I used to be extremely anemic). Someone has always helped me, giving me water, a seat, helping me up. I've also helped people who have passed out or felt ill. I also helped a woman who was having a seizure, and managed to save someone from getting trapped in an escalator by their shoelace using my trusty pocketknife. There are many reasons to be glad to live in Canada.
I just don't understand what happened to the world to make everyone selfish, narcissistic and irresponsible just to name a few things. 20 years ago, even 10 years ago, things like this would've been scorned by society. Today someone just takes a video & posts it to Facebook so everyone can comment on it like they're some sort of scholar or news anchor & have the best opinion to offer everyone in the world. The age of technology is a sad state of affairs for the human personality.
This happened to me too. I was sitting on a bench, next to the pharmacy, in Target. My boyfriend walked away to grab an item near by. I started to seize and no body stopped to try and help me. When my boyfriend saw me, he ran, and that's when employees started the help. But there had to have been at least 30 customers who saw me and didn't alert anyone. The workers in the pharmacy couldn't see me because there was a wall between them and where I was sitting on the bench. I couldn't believe that people carried on as if watching a pregnant woman have a seizure is completely normal.
87- im so sorry that had to happen to you. I've had a pregnant woman pass out on me when i worked at a fast food restaurant, and it really upset me. it could be that people simply don't know how to react, so decide to ignore it rather than try and help and make things worse, but sadly i think it's more likely that people are too self-involved to stop :( p.s. the woman was epileptic, but regained conciousness after a while. we closed while the medics came and attended to her, but the other customers were more bothered about getting their food than the unconscious woman on the floor, and had to be escorted out by security. yet another sad example of society nowadays
Thank you! You're a rare one that knows people's health is more important than making sure food is being made for the customers. After that happened, my doctors told me I'm not allowed to go anywhere alone anymore. People wouldn't know what to do with me. Oh well. I couldn't picture me walking by someone who is alone, having a serious health issue, and not stopping to see if I could help. It's every man for himself, these days, which is awful!
I'm aware of that. I was half way on/half way off the bench. If I fell and hit my head on the hard floor, I would have cracked my head open. Someone could have at least lay me down. No one did but my boyfriend. Also, a doctor who witnessed me seize in a public store told us that being on your left side makes it easier for the patient, who is seizing, to breathe. So I'm rolled to my left side, very delicately, every time someone is around and knows the situation.
There was a show but I cant recall the name of the series but it basically had actors fall/faint or otherwise be injured in a public and they had cameras to see what people would do watching that will make you want to vomit. Kinda funny how in almost every situation they did a homeless person was the one to help the person in need. Humans are pathetic at as a whole get used to it.
There were 25 people who stepped over you and passed out? You may need to wear less perfume, or something.
42, OP never got to the bench. And I doubt a homeless guy would just sleep on a subway platform, right in the middle of it, where there's a large crowd. They usually find corners or doorways where it's slightly warmer. And anyway, if I saw a homeless guy collapse I'd still help. They're people too.
I'm sorry this happened to you. One of my cousins fainted on the subway in NYC and people immediately helped her out. I guess it depends on which crowd of people you happen to be around.