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    Old man gets hit by car - people just stand around and cars drive on by. . .

    A 78-year-old man was hit by a car on this Hartford, Connecticut street by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road - and was just left laying in the street while most vehicles moved right along. Some people stopped and gawked for a moment- a few approached and just stood there looking down at him (maybe they were wondering how to lift his wallet). . .A scooter comes by and just circles the man once before moving on.

    Notice the next car coming in the lane where the man is laying on the street. The fucker stops a good distance away, like he/she is trying to figure out WTF to do - and then, TURNS AROUND and drives off, like the body in the street is a damn inconvenient street barrier. . .amazing.


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    That's pretty messed up.
    Reminds me of a Sienfield episode where a fat guy gets mugged and Sienfield and gang do nothing about it.

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    Here's the TV news story about it. Gee....seems like people don't mind getting on television to talk about it - makes me wonder what was wrong with the dipshits standing and driving around like the man was nothing more than a pothole.


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    Don't know why everyone is so surprised. Its rather common I think its called the bystander effect/genoves syndrome, something like that. Look it up and the lady its named after. Too lazy and tired to explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash Log View Post
    Don't know why everyone is so surprised. Its rather common I think its called the bystander effect/genoves syndrome, something like that. Look it up and the lady its named after. Too lazy and tired to explain.
    What a stupid rationalization. We need a SYNDROME to explain selfish, unsympathetic assholes??
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    Now I can put a name to the incident (Genoves), this has happened more than once in recent history. I seem to remember something about a woman pushed over a bridge where 70 people watched and did nothing to help, I think even some joined in. In groups, some people respond to 'stress' in a very shitty manner.

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    Yeah man split second responses where someone gets killed or hit in the span inside 20 or so seconds is one thing and shock and surprise and all that. Driving up to a human being in the street as they lay there suffering and pulling a u-turn...holy fuck, that is so inconceivable.

    I didn't watch the video though so I can't really pass judgment, just going on everyones commentary. Can't stomach watching it honestly.
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    I'd imagine people were probably in shock, bystanders can be distressed as well especially if theres blood. And the car that stopped and turned around is much better than having a traffic jam holding up an ambulance trying to rush to the scene, it's better to get out of the way than to add to the congestion. I mean the majority of the people in our country aren't trained in emergency first aid, I know that I handle situations like that very well and I had the training in the Navy to be able to spring into action. I guarantee probably 75% of those people were on their cellphones to 911....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncans Donuts View Post
    Can't stomach watching it honestly.
    Ditto. Watching it would make me too damned angry.

    Whats wrong with people?

    Shit, about a year ago i was rushing to get a train and some old guy walking past me dropped a bunch of change and could barely pick it up, i felt like absolute crap because i couldn't stop to help him - i literally made the last train home as it was getting ready to go.

    How do people live with themselves after something like THIS?

    Seriously, what has happened in the world for this kind of response to occur in the face of human suffering?

    I bet my right nut that if it was a dog, twenty people would have carried it to a vet. Thats how fucking backwards society is right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash Log View Post
    Don't know why everyone is so surprised. Its rather common I think its called the bystander effect/genoves syndrome, something like that. Look it up and the lady its named after. Too lazy and tired to explain.
    Yep, that's the one...Paych 101 standard example.

    "Catherine Susan Genovese (July 7, 1935[1] — March 13, 1964), commonly known as Kitty Genovese, was a New York City woman who was stabbed to death near her home in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, New York.[3] The circumstances of her murder and the apparent reaction of her neighbors were reported by a newspaper article published two weeks later and prompted investigation into the psychological phenomenon that became known as the bystander effect or "Genovese syndrome".[4] Kitty was buried in a family grave at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, Connecticut."


    Personally, I don't get it. I have always stopped for every accident if no first responders were there. Broken up fights, defended the innoncent, but seriously.
    I'll never forget the time my co-worker and I were going down I-95 to a job. I noticed a large group of cars and people in the median. A Big Rig had flipped over after clipping a bridge...tore the trailer in half. The cab was upside down and twisted, the driver was still strapped in, up side down and barely conscious, and his partner was trapped inside the sleeper. When we got out, I remembered feeling shocked at the fact that all of these people were simply standing there, staring. They all had cell phones, but nobody was calling anybody. I walked up to the cab and talked to the driver...long story short, I checked his vitals and talked to the guy trapped in the sleeper, who was fine. Anyway, after we cracked the door on the sleeper, etc...
    I turned around and asked if anyone had called 911.....deer in the headlights. They just stood there...about ten of them. I got pissed, and told all of them that the show was over, and if they couldn't help in some way to just get the fuck out. Most did, like scorned children...idiots.

    Psychological phenom or not, people are selfish bastards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncans Donuts View Post
    What a stupid rationalization. We need a SYNDROME to explain selfish, unsympathetic assholes??
    I am sure you didn't even read what the SYNDROME is. It makes perfect sense, its not always the case but the majority of people who witness something like this when there are several other witnesses will be in shock and think someone else will just call for help. That is the most basic explanation, I recommend you read about it before commenting. A lot of times there is someone with there head screwed on straight who does call for help but sometimes a "perfect storm" occurs where one of these people aren't present and you get a situation like this.

    Have you ever seen what the aftermath of something like that looks like? I mean close up right in your face? Its doubtful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash Log View Post
    I am sure you didn't even read what the SYNDROME is. It makes perfect sense, its not always the case but the majority of people who witness something like this when there are several other witnesses will be in shock and think someone else will just call for help. That is the most basic explanation, I recommend you read about it before commenting. A lot of times there is someone with there head screwed on straight who does call for help but sometimes a "perfect storm" occurs where one of these people aren't present and you get a situation like this.
    I was going to post something similar but said fuck it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash Log View Post
    I am sure you didn't even read what the SYNDROME is. It makes perfect sense, its not always the case but the majority of people who witness something like this when there are several other witnesses will be in shock and think someone else will just call for help. That is the most basic explanation, I recommend you read about it before commenting. A lot of times there is someone with there head screwed on straight who does call for help but sometimes a "perfect storm" occurs where one of these people aren't present and you get a situation like this.

    Have you ever seen what the aftermath of something like that looks like? I mean close up right in your face? Its doubtful.
    How about the time about 80 people burned to death in a restaurant? Everyone saw smoke coming from the kitchen, and smelled the smoke. Yet they all just sat there. No one else was reacting to, so why should they? Plus, how many people really die in a restaurant fire? Those were there thoughts.

    People like to think they'd act like Superman if something goes down, but it's doesn't always happen quite like that.

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    I've heard things like this happening, like once i heard of a cruise ship taking on water, and they were trying to evacuate people before the thing sank, but the people would just sit there like statues staring into space.

    At the time they werent really in a huge amount of danger because there was some time left and plenty of life boats, but they were still completely paralysed.

    I don't think i'd be a superhero in that situation and save the day, but i like to think id have the mental capacity to get myself out of there at least.

    Its weird. Self preservation instincts are among the highest of all our primal compulsions, but yet in the face of our own mortality even something that ingrained into a person's psyche is just shut down.
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