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Toddler run over by car - 18 passerby's ignore her
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Posted 10/17/11 , edited 1/23/12
Surveillance video of passersby ignoring the plight of a Chinese toddler hit-and-run victim has sparked international expressions of shock and horror--together with a bout of soul-searching in Chinese society.

The video is obviously disturbing. It shows a 2-year-old girl who was run over by a van that then drove off, leaving her bleeding on the street in the city of Foshan, in China's southeastern Guandong province, on October 13. For the next seven minutes, passersby ignored the injured toddler, who was then hit by a second vehicle.

Video of incident, since aired on Chinese television and posted to Twitter and Chinese social networking sites, shows "more than a dozen people over the next seven minutes walk or drive past the girl on bicycles" as the girl is then "run over by a second truck," Reuters Michael Martina reported Monday. "A woman then pulls the girl to the side of the street before her mother, a migrant worker in the city, rushes into the frame."

The girl is now in a coma and hospitalized, Reuters reporting, citing a dispatch from China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

"Both drivers who ran over the girl have been arrested, Xinhua said, but Internet users have flooded microblogs decrying the apathy of the people who left her for dead," Reuters wrote.

"The shame of the Chinese people," wrote one user, Xiaozhong001, on Chinese social networking site Weibo, Reuters reported. "Really, what is up with our society? I saw this and my heart went cold. Everyone needs to do some soul searching about ending this kind of indifference."

"Many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress for fear that they will be blamed," Reuters' Martina wrote in his report. "High-profile law suits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they sought to help."

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Here's the vid (don't watch if you get disturbed by stuff easily):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqVYUzHc5L8

Okay, this is one of the most horrifying things I've seen/heard in quite a while. I know that there are people without morals in the world, but it shocks me to see so many in one place. What could possibly have made them choose to look the other way?

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Posted 10/17/11
I saw the video last night. It really upset me when I saw the truck run over the child. I had to fight back tears before going to bed. It upset me more that the people that walked past her wouldn't even help her. Even if they have a law to not touch civilians if they're laying on the street, I would've done it because it's the right thing to do.
Posted 10/17/11
There are similar cases of people looking the other way in the past. One of the most famous is of a girl being raped one summer night in an alley between two apartment buildings. They raped her for some 30 minutes+ and no one called the police even though many people had their windows open and could hear her screaming for help. I may not have the facts entirely accurate but that is generally what happened. People blamed it on diffusion of responsibility where everyone just believed someone else would call for help and they wouldn't have to do anything themselves.
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not to surprised really and this will continue... hell did you know that you can get sued here if you help save someones life and they don't want it??? Aside this was a toddler and what these people did are dependable... I really hate that the world is coming to this to even turn down help for a child.
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People mind their own business for better or for worse these days.

A few months ago there was a case making it's away around the news where a woman in NY was robbed at an ATM and a stranger got stabbed trying to fight the person off. The woman went back the ATM, got her money and left with out calling the cops and leaving the man dying on the street. A bunch of other people walked by him, looked down, looked around, and then made use of the ATM and left. Like 2 hours later someone finally called the police.
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sillysia63377 wrote:

"Many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress for fear that they will be blamed," Reuters' Martina wrote in his report. "High-profile law suits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they sought to help."




Back in the day, I used to be a lifeguard. At one point, I was actually on the short end of that stick. Long story short, a kid hit his head on the side of a pool, fell in, and was drowning/bleeding out. I save his life, and his mother, decides she wants to sue me because neither her, nor her son asked for help. In the end it didn't work out for her at all because it was in violation of the Good Samaritan Law, but my point is that I can sympathize with passersby not willing to help. Especially in a country like China, even more so in this case because the mother is a migrant worker, she needs the money.
Posted 10/17/11

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sillysia63377 wrote:

"Many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress for fear that they will be blamed," Reuters' Martina wrote in his report. "High-profile law suits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they sought to help."




Back in the day, I used to be a lifeguard. At one point, I was actually on the short end of that stick. Long story short, a kid hit his head on the side of a pool, fell in, and was drowning/bleeding out. I save his life, and his mother, decides she wants to sue me because neither her, nor her son asked for help. In the end it didn't work out for her at all because it was in violation of the Good Samaritan Law, but my point is that I can sympathize with passersby not willing to help. Especially in a country like China, even more so in this case because the mother is a migrant worker, she needs the money.


That Good Samaritan Law is awesome. I only wish it allowed more people to safely act and help people. I suppose not everyone knows what they are doing in all of the situations though and can, at times, make the injuries worse for the person. I see why it is good to leave it to others to take care of yet the morals in me would want to do more to help.
Posted 10/17/11
Independent of the litigational fears, there is a phenomen known as the Bystander Effect: The more witnesses that are present, the less likely it is that someone will come to the aid of the person in distress, and it worsens the longer time passes.

In either case, I couldn't bear it, regardless of the risks. I once applied for firefighter/EMT training.

Posted 10/17/11 , edited 10/17/11

I find their apathy saddening.
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Posted 10/17/11

ReaperEXE wrote:


sillysia63377 wrote:

"Many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress for fear that they will be blamed," Reuters' Martina wrote in his report. "High-profile law suits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they sought to help."




Back in the day, I used to be a lifeguard. At one point, I was actually on the short end of that stick. Long story short, a kid hit his head on the side of a pool, fell in, and was drowning/bleeding out. I save his life, and his mother, decides she wants to sue me because neither her, nor her son asked for help. In the end it didn't work out for her at all because it was in violation of the Good Samaritan Law, but my point is that I can sympathize with passersby not willing to help. Especially in a country like China, even more so in this case because the mother is a migrant worker, she needs the money.


Anyone who tries to exploit Good Samaritans should be left in a situation similar to what would have happened if you had not helped.(i.e. her kid should be taken away)
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is it wrong that I feel absolutely nothing from this news?
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munchthis wrote:

is it wrong that I feel absolutely nothing from this news?


Depends on how many times you have heard it from several different sources. I get sick to death of "gun shooting" reports, or women and children going missing. It's not that I dont care. It pisses me off and I want to slowly kill the culprit(s). But when you hear the same thing nattered about by seven different sources for several weeks to several months, I get sick of hearing it. Like whats her face getting acquitted for killing her baby just recently. I was disgusted at first, but by the time it was over all I could do was sigh with relief and think thank god thats over.
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I usually don't have such a strong reaction to news like this, but the video shocked me - I mean, I've seen roadkill get more sympathy than she got from the people around her.
Posted 10/17/11 , edited 10/17/11
It's unbelievable. But if I'm in that situation I wouldn't even know what to do in a first few seconds.
Sad, not even one person try to call for an ambulance and police.

It's hard to know what to do in this kind of situation when you're just a passerby. It's either you call the ambulance and wait or do something cause it might be too late but the risk of moving the kid is very high they got still got undeveloped bones.

I seriously don't know what to in this situation. I probably just call for an ambulance and avoid the hustle of doing some things.
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Posted 10/17/11 , edited 10/17/11
This suddenly lost all it's shock factor after I read the word "chinese". This stuff happens all the time, what with half of those guys being crazy bastards and all.
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