Strange Phenomenon in China

People don’t dare to help one another
December 22, 2013 Updated: December 23, 2013

On a busy, rush-hour morning in China, an elderly man—about 80 years old—fell down in the street. No one bothered to give him a hand.

Many cars and pedestrians were passing by. Some stopped and watched, forming a crowd; while others kept walking without even looking. Still, no one would offer to help the old man get up.

The old man struggled to get up by himself, only to fall down again due to his weakness.

Finally, a kind Samaritan, Ms Sun, was riding by on her electrical bike and realized what was happening. She quickly stopped and threw down her bike down, rushing to help the struggling old man.

“People were afraid to help him out because it looked like a fake. I was so anxious,” she said. Ms. Sun also worried that he might be deceiving her, but she felt that she must do something to help.

After calling an ambulance right away, Ms. Sun stood in front of the old man and began to direct traffic to protect him from being hit. Gradually the crowd formed a circle around him too, prevent traffic from hitting him.

Someone else called the police and they helped get the old man up and into the ambulance. Fortunately, the old man was not seriously injured, but he was taken to the hospital for observation.

As the ambulance drove away and the crowd began to disperse, two of the onlookers sighed and said, “We really don’t dare to help.”