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By wowthanksworld / Friday 22 March 2013 15:42 / United States
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There were 25 people who stepped over you and passed out? You may need to wear less perfume, or something.

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What is wrong with people that they are in such a hurry they can't have a tiny amount of compassion to help someone. Especially who is unconscious on the ground. In a public place.

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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.

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I was thinking the same thing as #34 you help someone out then you take the risk that they sue you, you stay an observer to the events no lawsuit coming your way.

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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

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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.

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54- i used to think that too. But its becoming more and more common regardless of where you live. The US is a big one for it, but i dont think Australia is far behind with farfetched fraud cases.

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This must have been New York City (or Chicago). OP is lucky that he/she still had their personal belongings and/or wasn't raped. Sad state of things.

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@#9 A viral video went around, where a two year old girl was run over in China. 18 people walked by her lying in pain and she was even run over a second time. It was very disturbing to watch, and she eventually died from her injuries. What has the world come to?

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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.

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It's called the Bystander Effect. It's not that people aren't compassionate, there's just a serious diffusion of responsibility happening where no one feels involved enough to help.

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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?

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Where I live, a lady got hit by a car and people actually swerved around her instead of helping her. She got hit a second time then died of her injuries. How can people be that souless?

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I'd just like to point out that in a lot of cases it's the person's insurance company that actually sues, not necessarily the injured person.

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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 fou

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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 al

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There is a crazy psychological term for it; "diffusion of responsibility". People in crowds tend not to take action, assuming someone else will do something. o.O

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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.

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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.

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I wouldn't say the world. I can think of a few countries where the outcome would have been more positive.

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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

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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 custom

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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!

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87 - Not to say your situation wasn't scary or important, but in CPR and BLS class, they train you to not touch a person that's seizing - only to move objects out of their way. They also teach you to not call paramedics if the person has a history of seizures.

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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.

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If I saw someone seizing, I would call the paramedics! You never know if a stranger has a history of seizures. Better to be safe than sorry. In 5th grade I fainted during choir practice. When I woke up, I was looking at everyone's shoes and they were still singing.

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@#60- Haha, I call 'people' humans too. So typical in human nature to not be as efficient, in our moral. This FML is just another perfect example for why this monetary economic system can't change.

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Me to, I seen a video where a dog saved another dog hit by a car. And one where a little girl got ran over. 13 people walked around her as she laid in a pool of blood

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Who said I was trying to regain it ? I simply made a comment on the FML story. Is that not what we do here ?

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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.

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There were 25 people who stepped over you and passed out? You may need to wear less perfume, or something.

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Because bums frequently sleep in public. Have you ever tried to wake a sleeping bum? Not a great idea.

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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.

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Unless the 25 other people didn't see him collapse, but saw him in an already collapsed state. This still doesn't absolve the people who did see him collapse but those who were there when he woke up may have only noticed a random guy sleeping.

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.

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I agree NYC has a stereotype of being full of rude assholes when in reality a lot aren't like that.. While yes some are the majority actually care about others.

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Hate to be a realist but I'm guessing your cousin is pretty good looking if she was immediately helped out on a New York subway.

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That's because Minnesota is practically Canada, and we do the same things. I used to pass out a lot (I was extremely anemic) and people ALWAYS helped me.

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That's what I was thinking. I bet at least one person would have helped OP if they knew how, but instead everyone was like, "Duuuuuh... Is she okay? Duuuuuh...What do we do?"

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