posted on Apr, 27 2010 @ 07:52 AM
There's being a good Samaritan and there's being a dumbass.
You dont just walk up to somebody with a weapon alone (seeing as he was homeless he was likely weak, hungry, untrained) and say "hey, stop that" and
expect the guy to run off.
His intentions were great. More people should be willing to identify bad behavior and call it out. But his method was, to be blunt, foolish.
Unless he was a former Marine or even had a big stick with him to clobber the mugger on the head he was nearly guaranteed to end up a victim
Im not saying dont intervene. Lord knows Im not saying that at all. If you are going to intervene make sure you are ready to intervene.
Regarding not helping the wounded man. Having lived in a city myself I became jaded. Everyday I had to step over half a dozen drunks in the street.
Not all homeless. Often they were local university students who passed out the previous night. Eventually it gets to you. You just stop caring. Even
the EMT's, cops and paramedics working that area mentioned to me more than once how they just couldnt give a rats ass anymore. Picking up the same
drunks, the same addicts, day after day. It numbs you. Eventually you find yourself hoping this night they choke on their vomit you wont have to see