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    Apr 25, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    More Than 20 People Passed As Homeless NY Man Bled To Death

    http://gawker.com/5523739/more-than-20-people-passed-as-new-york-homeless-man-bled-to-death
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    Apr 25, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    In our sue-happy society, I can understand that no one wanted to stop and help. But it's a shame that no one at least called 911 sooner.
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    Apr 25, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    metta8 saidMore Than 20 People Passed As Homeless NY Man Bled To Death

    http://gawker.com/5523739/more-than-20-people-passed-as-new-york-homeless-man-bled-to-death


    Hmmm we talked about this in one of my social studies class, back in the good ol' days of high school. Dunno what it was called, but there's been a study done about situations like this (as I'm sure you all know something like this has happened before) and it pretty much says that because people always expect others to have called for help already or be willing to physically assist them, they don't feel the need to get themselves involved. This kind of thought becomes a pattern for other people, and in the end, no one ends up helping until it's too late =P
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    Apr 25, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I had to call an ambulance for someone who had suffered alcohol poisoning (or worse) in the Castro, as I passed them on the sidewalk. I remember one specific incident where I had to call an ambulance, and then stop this underaged kid's "friends" from putting him in a taxi cab because they wanted to take him to their place instead of a hospital for fear they might get in trouble for underage drinking (he clearly needed to go to the hospital - he had passed out on the sidewalk and his lips were turning blue). Amazing. The firemen who arrived later said he was lucky he was receiving medical attention, because he clearly needed professional attention.
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    Apr 25, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    It is sad people can be so indifferent towards these things.

    I am also wondering if it was another immigrant hate crime. I have seen a few of those in the past year.

    But then again, it seems like homeless people can be targets for cruelty and violence too. It was not too long ago a homeless person in L.A. was set on fire by some thugs on the sidewalk .. just horrible
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    Apr 25, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    Ooooh ok...I get it...metta's function on this board is create threads based on the formula "Horrible thing, LINK". Now I get what Sahem was going on about. 10-4!
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    Apr 27, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    stevee90Dunno what it was called, but there's been a study done about situations like this (as I'm sure you all know something like this has happened before) and it pretty much says that because people always expect others to have called for help already or be willing to physically assist them, they don't feel the need to get themselves involved.


    Yep-- it's referred to as the bystander effect, and it's one of those things that I truly don't understand. The more people are around to help you, the less likely you are to be helped. Here's a really interesting/terrifying case that sparked research on such behavior: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_genovese