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A decorated war veteran said he was "appalled and terrified" when no-one came to his rescue as he was mugged in a Cambridgeshire supermarket car park.
The bystander effect or Genovese syndrome is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present. The probability of help has often appeared to be inversely related to the number of bystanders; in other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. The mere presence of other bystanders greatly decreases intervention. In general, this is believed to happen because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to notice the situation, interpret the incident as a problem, and less likely to assume responsibility for taking action.[
Originally posted by subject x
I'd have helped the ol' fella out. It wouldn't be the first time.
I hear you, but it is that apathy zone that enrages me. This is why the world is in the state it is in now, apathy.
Originally posted by stumason
I can only say if that was me, I would have insisted they remain were they were while the Police were called to verify it.