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Now here is a hard one what would you do if you were walking home and you saw a guy robing a store?
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Posted 4/17/12
There was a study done on this subject and they figured out the more people who see a crime being commited the less likely anyone is to do anything and the reason for this is simple, when you are alone your reasoning will tell you that you are the only person who can help. As opposed to if you were with a semi large group you would just think that someone else will go and save the day. I will give an example of this, A girl is walking down the road and their are a fairly good amount of people in the buildings around her certainly enough that if something happend they would notice, and so the girl is walking down the road and then a guy shows up and shows the girl he has a knife so the girl starts screaming and yelling HELP SOMEBODY HELP ME!!! Now you would think that of course this would be enough to get someone to call the police cause all it takes is a few buttens pressed and a few quick words and done cops on the way. But in this instance there were a lot of people just staring out the window watching this girl get chased and eventualy stabbed, and these people just watch they do nothing and reading this your thinking what awful people how could they just stand and watch well i will tell you it is simply because there are more then one person watching this go down and all the people watching know it, for instance if only one person saw this the girl might have lived. The reason why large groups of people do not act when something like this happens is because everyone is thinking the same thing, OH i don't need to do a thing there are other people here and so one of them will do something. Now the reason for this phenomena is simple one person see's a violent crime they call the police or do something to help because there is simply no one else to do it, on the other hand if there is a large group everyone exspects someone else to do something. And that is why this happens.
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what you are thinking of is the "Bystander Effect"
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I would do what any other law abiding, great samaritan would do, assist the robber in relinquishing the much needed money from the no good doing cashier.
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You know you're asking the internet to provide a response that would probably differ from what they would actually do if such a situation occurs... I bet at least a couple of people will say that they will handle the person directly when in reality, they would probably call the cops or avoid it all together or worse, blog about it and think they accomplished something.

Me? The answer isn't hard; Call the cops (that is if I even have my phone on me). Why bother risking my life when I know that the situation could be resolved with the robber arrested and me not bleeding all over in a pool of blood.

Plus, Refer to the Car Hit Baby Girl In China story for an example of the bystander effect.
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Someone robbing a store? I'd call the fuzz. Pretty simple.

Now if someone outside my house was being beaten, rapped or set on fire, I'd call the fuzz AND I'd jump in and risk my life for them. I would intervene if a person's life was at risk. However ... if the situation were such that one of the people in the altercation had A GUN, I would not get in between them, but I sure as hell would be on the horn to 911 from a safe distance.

There isn't much you can do if one person has a gun and you don't.

You could risk your life to try and disarm them, but in the real world, under real pressure with a ton of adrenaline and fear flowing through your body, upon seeing that gun, you would probably freeze up and wet your pants on the spot.

In a real life altercation, you have to do a snap assessment of your abilities to not get killed before saving the girl. No respawning I'm afraid.

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I would gleefully hit him with my car, keep what he robbed, rob the money from his wallet, then call the police and blame everything on him

Posted 4/17/12
Let him robe the store. The man is just stealing money, not eating people alive.
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XxNaruTheNarcissistxX wrote:

I would gleefully hit him with my car, keep what he robbed, rob the money from his wallet, then call the police and blame everything on him



This man has the right idea.
Posted 4/17/12
Tackle him and call the police.
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Wow.....really nice. Smart answer.
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I have my answer, i thank at least one person for answering logically and not being sarcastic. The one lesson you have to learn is that sometimes it is just not worth getting into bull shit, you have to learn to choose your battles. That is life's greatest lesson. That and Everything in moderation.
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i would look at the robber straight in the eye and ask:
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"need help?"
then somewhere halfway through trick him and like give it all back to the store so i get discounts.
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Everything I've read so far is alright, yeah, assist the robber, but why stop there? The best option here would be simple; Wait for the robber to take out the cashier, while the robber is busy taking the goods, sneak in and knock him out. Proceed to put him in the section where all the funions are at, completely cover him in funions, with his hand the only part of him visible. Above him on the ceiling, which I'm sure is a removable space, make sure to completely smear that ceiling space directly above him with hot cheeto smears. Afterward, place the cashier near the robber whom is covered in funions, and cover the cashier in doritos. No part of the cashier should be visible. Completely drench the entrance of the store with pepsi, pepsi people, not coca cola, it won't work if you make a mistake at this part. Take all the money from the cashier's register, proceed to make your way out the store, leaving the crime scene. One last thing though, place a bag of chex-mix on the cashier counter. The police will know, oh, they'll know.
Posted 4/17/12
honestly, if i see the guy armed, i would look the other way.

some of the answers on here sound bad ass but really? assist the robber? really now? let's see you do that in real life.

try typing something real for a change.

but wait.

this is the internet.

moving on.
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Posted 4/17/12
I would eat a snowcone.

Wait, what was the question again?

Oh right, Kitty Genovese.

I would eat a snowcone. Then read up some more on the Zimbardo prison experiment. I always found that study to be one of the more interesting topics of discussion in my psych 9a class.
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