What amazes me, is that you people believe this sort of behavior is something new..
It's been going on for decades in big cities, but has only
now began reaching epidemic proportions across the country. It will soon be coming to a small town near you, if it already hasn't.
I've lived in several large cities during my life, and been witness to more than a few robberies and assaults being committed in broad daylight
without a single person lifting a hand to help. Personally I've always tried to intervene if possible, but usually, all I ever got for my efforts was
a kick in the teeth both literally and figuratively. In most cases If you expect gratitude from the victim, you'll be sadly disappointed.
You may ask why this is? Well, there's a couple of reasons. In big cities it's sort of an unspoken rule that you mind your own business. If you
don't, someone will start minding yours, which is something you really don't want.
The majority of the people committing these types of crimes are members of gangs, and when you mess with one of them, you'll have to deal with the
whole bunch. If you have a family, you better think long and hard before you act. By electing to be a "do-gooder", you may just be putting their
lives in danger as well as your own.
Secondly, believe it or not, the victims will oft time turn on you out of fear of retaliation from the attacker. If, and when the police do arrive on
the scene, you will become the agressor in the scenario. Talk about frustration! You've just made a whole new bunch of enemies for nothing.
The victims will then say you attacked the poor mugger, rather than you came to their assistance! The police will then lecture you on how you should
have just minded your own business, and called them. They know the score all too well. You'll be lucky if you aren't the one put in cuffs. After a
few instances like this, you'll find yourself muttering under your breathe, Never again..
In the case of accidents like this, it's probably more a matter of ignorance on the bystanders part as to what to do, fear of getting hurt
themselves, or simply not caring enough to take the time to render assistance. It's that "let someone else do it attitude.. I don't have time".
They'd be outraged if the shoe was on the other foot, and they were treated in a like manner, but hey, that's just human nature.
[edit on 6/6/08 by LLoyd45]