Bystanders Only Help After Old Man Says He Fell By Himself

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From Sina:

Who Does It Hurt When an Old Man Over 70 Cries “I Fell On My Own” After Falling Down In Order To Get Help?

Recently, various major websites have one by one all reprinted a rather obscure piece of news: A 75-year-old man in Nanjing, while getting off the bus, accidentally fell down from the rear door of the bus, was unable to get up, and the other passengers behind him all did not dare go forth to help him. The old fellow shouted: “I fell on my own, you all do not need to worry, it had nothing to do with you all.” Only after hearing this did the crowd of passengers go forth to help him.

I confess, this piece of news is more or less a little absurd. With the stream of people at a bus stop, a seventy plus old person falls down yet nobody offers to help? Have people become so indifferent to this degree? The answer is no, and the old man’s “I fell on my own, you all do not need to worry” is where the crux of the problem lies. Let us spend a little time to look back at the “Peng Yu Incident” that previously took everyone by storm for a time:

Peng Yu

2006 November 20, also Nanjing, a young person named Peng Yu [picture above] kindly helped up an old woman who had fallen down, and at the request of the old woman took her to the hospital. The result was that this old woman then maintained that it was Peng Yu who the person who had knocked her down. Peng Yu strongly denied that he knocked over the old woman. Both sides eventually went to court and Peng Yu was fined in the first instance to bear a portion of the old woman’s medical expensies, totally over 40,000 yuan, relying on the “common sense deduction” that: “According to society’s logic/reason, if Peng Yu was doing a good deed, Peng Yu could have let the old woman’s family send her to the hospital after they arrived, and then leave on his own. However Peng Yu did not make such a choice, and his actions contradict what is reasonable”; “Peng Yu, on the day of the incident, paid the old woman over 200 yuan and even did not request that the old woman pay him back”; etc. What is worth raising is that the Peng Yu Incident triggered discussions on various major websites. One website’s blog homepage headline impressively was: Survey: 80% of bloggers choose not to be good people anymore.

Here are some cartoons that were made about the Peng Yu case:

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From the cartoon above:

Man In Water: “Save Me!”

Judge: “Verdict: From common sense analysis, the probability that you pushed him into the water is more likely. If it was not you who pushed him into the water, you completely did not have to go rescue him.”

Judge: “Verdict: From common sense analysis, the probability that you knocked over the old grandpa is more likely. If it was not you who knocked him over, you completely did not have to go help him up.”

Judge: “Verdict: From common sense analysis, the probability that you accidentally injured the woman is more likely. If it was not you who did it, you completely did not have to go save her and send her to the hospital.”

Comments from Tianya:

冯抗美:

This kind of old fellow is exactly what our society needs, willing to bear responsibility.

zhangm2004:

This old person is very sensible. This is the correct and effective way of doing things. If you want others to help, you should help reduce their fear of unexpected consequences. As was said above, it is harmonious this way.

基本发呆:

Dammit, the tragedy of humanity, I am truly afraid of when I get old and need help but no one dares to care.

Consider, if the old fellow became unconscious and did not say what he did, what would have the result been?

Who knows, he could have died on the street.

菜鸟无名:

Nanjing’s old woman Xu and her son have left a terrible legacy! Corrupting Chinese people’s disposition of readily helping others, I spit a mouthful of thick phelgm on old woman Xu!

独醉清轩:

One of my friends, when driving, saw an old woman fall down while riding a bicycle, stopped to kindly go help, and the result was her biting him in return saying she was knocked over by his car. The police came and spent half the day without finding any trace of her being hit, but still had my friend pay money or have his license and car taken confiscated.

自己为难自己:

“I fell on my own.”

This phrase will definitely become famous/popular.

We also need to praise this old man a little, so when old people encounter similar circumstances in the future, they will know what to do.

solomao:

Nanjing ah, Nanjing, so embarrassing!

奥巴鱼:

In China, doing what is right will result in lifelong regret!

Being harmed, the government only condemns it, symbolically gives 5000 RMB, and even wants you to stoop down to bow and say thanks, with no one caring about the medical expenses!

If you are disabled, you only end up harming your own family!

With the country so prosperous, that much money in finances, and the taxes so heavy, why can’t they bear the compensation damages for those who do the right thing?

如风江南:

Old woman Xu and her son truly lost face for Nanjing people.

The court comrades truly are geniuses!!!

寒塘荷叶:

Except for those who do the right thing, dial 110 when something happens.

Hurt or disabled, let the government take care of them [because they will not].

istomland:

I simply do not understand how there are that many mental retards, who only believe Peng Yu’s side? If a person knocks over an old person, they can use being a Good Samaritan to escape responsibility?

If it was not you who knocked over the old woman, why did you take out 300 yuan and give it to the old woman? The old woman was much wealthier than you Peng Yu. The old woman’s son already arrived, did she need you to go with her all the way to the hospital? Why wait until you’re in the courtroom to suddenly pretend and claim you are a Good Samaritan?

The Chinese have too few people willing to use their brains and too many people who are ignorant, it is no wonder we suffer the Party’s oppression.

水惊秋:

One day an old person downstairs had slipped,
and continuously struggled to stand back up.
Not a few people passed by, but all only looked at him once before passing.
I and a young guy from the other side of the street together helped the old man up (him alone simply could not get up).
Before the old man had gotten back on his feet, the young guy and I exchanged looks,
both probably thinking of these things, and quickly walked away, not feeling lie we had done a good thing.
Now, just being kind results in feeling guilty.

heiyezhu:

Looks like the old man has spent some time on the internet before…had he not said that, he definitely would have died and no one would have paid him any attention.

Comments from NetEase:

安アラン:

Haha, what a satire.

471461:


To be honest, if I were to encounter a similar situation I would still not rashly extend my hand to help. How would I know if it was not a “trap”? Unless I have a audio-recording pen or something like a video recorder on me to clearly prove that I am innocent.

debingb:

I am not a Nanjing person.
Nanjing as a city is innocent,
because this same thing happens in any city in China.
It is a result of society’s mores.
We should condemn to social system that causes this kind of bad mores.

xcdgqb:

Nanjing judge, you have truly done a good job, making Nanjing citizens become smarter.

scmy1018:

Speaking of the Peng Yu case, even now I am still gnashing my teeth, that detestable judge. The judge should be killed for making society like this. Who knows how Peng Yu is doing now?

小芬女:

I am not a good person. I do not help people I do not know!!!

龏詪莠豸:

Resolutely do not care/get involved. In the moment that a person falls/slips, they will feel a kind of external fore, and this kind of external force is often believed to be a push from someone else through experience. Him dying is good, him not dying is also good. We should resign ourselves to our own fates.

arvin8:

No matter what, we would still to stay far away from an old woman. This is not our personal choice/preference, but rather the only choice modern society gives us!

集权资本主义:

Very civilized, very harmonious.
I support Nanjing being chosen as the smartest and most civilized city.

caicailun:

Sigh…after the PengYu Incident, people need to think carefully/clearly before going forth to help someone…

yaoxinxin.19:

My mother fell during winter, and the good-hearted people she met only stood far away and asked “Do you want me to help you call 120?”
This is what Chinese people are like now!

The reasons are different but I remember many people commented about Chinese people not helping each other in the post about the woman drowning in her car while her husband and son watched. Have you had a bad experience or bad result after helping someone?

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  • Hans-von-Wurst

    “Commonsense” in the jurisdiction, a door for arbitrariness?
    Maybe China should move from common law to roman law?

  • The Grudge

    Fucktwit judges coupled with Fucktwit peoples + circus fake and optional laws = Pathetic and hopeless selfish society.

    Fuck the CCP and fuck anybody with an ounce of power in China that’s abusing it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_samaritan_law

  • The Grudge

    Fucking China, when will you stop being so proud and when will you start learning from others countries mistakes.

    Look around, there is something else beyond the line delimiting your universe. It’s called: The world AKA The Planet AKA Reality.

  • The Grudge

    Just to precise my point, for some of the readers suffering from the ADD syndrome and not able to click on my link.

    “Good Samaritan laws in the United States are laws or acts protecting from liability those who choose to aid others who are injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. Similarly, in Canada, a good Samaritan doctrine is a legal principle that prevents a rescuer who has voluntarily helped a victim in distress from being successfully sued for ‘wrongdoing’. Its purpose is to keep people from being reluctant to help a stranger in need for fear of legal repercussions if they were to make some mistake in treatment.[1] Good Samaritan laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, as will their interactions with various other legal principles, such as consent, parental rights and the right to refuse treatment. Such laws generally do not apply to medical professionals’ or career emergency responders’ on-the-job conduct, but some extend protection to professional rescuers when they are acting in a volunteer capacity.”

  • http://asa.tv M.A.P

    I love china and its “common sense”.

  • Truth Hurtz

    It’s sad that a dark plot of society has exploited the goodwill of people (professional beggars, fake charities, leg grabbing kids, those without a soul or common sense) All of these things makes everyone think twice before helping someone making them not dare to care.

    Sad but true.

  • http://www.cnreviews.com Kai

    LoL, what a cool old geezer! I love how he’s aware of current events enough to know and say what is on everyone’s mind. Social commentary in of itself!

    @ omg: Good link. 392 comments of similar disbelief and frustration. However, I do agree that there are gray areas even when something looks like a simple Good Samaritan case.

  • colin

    Before China gets human rights they need human decency. I see this kind of situation far too often. Person falls down or drops something, no one around them goes to help. Pick pockets on the bus and people watching them take things, no one says anything. I point it out or stop the pick pocket…everyone wonders why in the world I would do that.

    Then you have people trying to soak other people after they have been helped….animals!

    China will never become a “developed” nation at this rate. Everywhere you have people lying and cheating each other on a scale I have never seen in any other country. My friend is from the third world and even he said this place disgusts him.

    • Jordan

      60 years of Communism will do that to ya….!

    • Honibaz

      It doesn’t only disgust foreigners, it disgusts overseas Chinese as well.

  • Sayit Asis

    There you guy go Kai

    You see, China DOES have the phenomenon of not helping each other.

    Stop with the grossly unfounded supposition that your liberally inane, middle-ground, opinions make you intellectually superior to the people on this site. Take your blinkers off and learn more about China.

    That’s all I’m saying…. ‘dude’.

    • http://www.cnreviews.com Kai

      I never said China DOES NOT have the phenomenon of people not helping each other, did I? Why don’t you try to find a quote of me saying that before you gleefully think I’ve been made me eat my words?

  • The Grudge

    “Nah. Your post + Good Samaritan law = EPIC FAIL”

    Don’t know if you noticed, but the US are going down the drain as we speak…

    Another sad country and soon to become a third world one.

    • omg

      Awww, yet you still posted the good samaritan law, how cute.

  • Sayit Asis

    That’s true.

    But what you did do (and always do) is try to deprive people of their embittered opinion that this cultural phenomenon exists, by citing minority cases to the contrary and arguing that you cannot polarise the West and China.

    Although the ‘you can’t generalise’ approach is valid, and almost infallible in its reason, it’s lazy and ultimately meaningless. Besides, generalising is a hell of a lot easier in a country (the mainland) where ‘stability’ is more important than individuality.

    Why shouldn’t people get bitter about something relating to human empathy? Isn’t that a value worth fighting for? Is it not lamentable that GENERALLY Chinese people will not help each other when in trouble?

    If you want to defend China, why not come from the angle that only 50 years ago they were closed off from the rest of the world in a vacuum of fear and deep poverty. It’s always worth being reminded of that when getting frustrated.

    Your point, that you can’t generalise, or shouldn’t make an example of just one story, was impotent… at best. Indeed often, your innocuous, long-winded, regulatory comments seem to be lacking substance. Not only that, but also they are normally steeped in a vile coating of pseudo-intellectual self-righteousness.

    That’s what I didn’t like, and that’s why I commented in the first place.

    • http://www.cnreviews.com Kai

      No.

      1. I don’t aim to deprive people of their opinion just for the sake of doing so, but I do try to bring some perspective and sometimes that perspective comes in the form of contrary arguments. I cannot deprive a person of their opinion unless they’re willing to give them up in the face of new information that makes sense to them, and then make the decision to do so. I can only give them that information. I do so because I have to co-exist with those people. It’s quite democratic, really, to give a shit and exchange ideas.

      Now, others are free to stubbornly hold onto their opinion if they want, but there’s no reason why I should stand idly by and let some of these people promote, vandalize, or shove their opinion down anyone else’s throat without me responding or offering alternatives if I can.

      It SUCKS that you’re actually attacking me for doing this, because you instead view it as me “depriving” people like you of the wanton freedom to bitch, whine, berate, and insult others without consequence. Did you know you’re free to go find a website or therapy group populated by people who think like you? That way you can feel validated and secure with your opinions of this or that when everyone agrees with you. If you don’t feel like doing so, probably because “no, why don’t you go” is ringing in your ears, either learn to defend your opinions with substantive arguments OR have the maturity to not whine and lash out with ad hominem attacks at those who have the good sense to not make your mistakes, however similarly frustrated they themselves may be. You DO know you’re essentially angry and crying over others not letting you bitch, right?

      2. I did NOT cite minority cases. Even you are not so stupid as to believe, contrary to both evidence and common sense, that the vast majority of people in Western society do not likewise more often than not fall victim to bystander effect and inaction. For you to suppose, suggest, and insist otherwise is patently ridiculous.

      3. I very clearly stated that I find it lamentable when people fail to help each other, as lamentable as you do. My beef was not with anyone feeling disappointed by failures in society. My beef was with people trying to use one example to denigrate one society/race/culture so they can uplift and hold up another, especially their own. That crosses from being disappointed to being self-righteous. You’ve either mistaken my position and argument or you’re intentionally doing so just to have something to rail at me.

      4. I often DO “defend” China (or, more accurately, beg some perspective) by citing just how stunted their modern development has been due to historical factors SUCH as the Cultural Revolution and Mao closing China off to the rest of the world. Is it possible that you just haven’t given me due credit for this?

      5. Finally, I get it, you don’t like me and you’re more preoccupied with figuring out how many negative adjectives and descriptors you can attach to my comments and my person than you are trying to have a meaningful exchange of ideas. I try to have conversations on real issues between the Chinese and others, whereas you spend your time trying to attack me for not letting you or others vent or bitch or otherwise express how embittered they are. I rain on your parade, right? Fine.

      • Jordan

        Can perspectives be shorter? Like under 50 words?

        • http://www.cnreviews.com Kai

          Simplistic black and white perspectives can. Accurate ones usually aren’t.

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  • The Grudge

    “Awww, yet you still posted the good samaritan law, how cute.”

    We could make an experiment if you want. Go get hit by a car in China and then in the US, and then we’ll compare the result of your research on the subject.

    • omg

      Pray tell what research am I conducting?

  • washingtondude

    hehe,

    congratulation on the great nation you have created for yourselves china.
    and this is not the fault of your corrupt government, it is the fault of the indifferent scamming people.

  • VeerLeft

    Hahaha… I can’t even count the number of times I help up people who are just struggling to get up, or out from under their scooter, suitcase etc…
    In this case it’s actually safer for me to do it than Chinese.
    It’s a pathetic aspect of the countries laws… similar to the traffic collision ‘bigger car must pay the damages’ rule.

    2000 year old rules being applied in Modern times… TARDS.

  • AaronC

    Wow what a crap place China is

  • Name

    Lawyers and politicans. They’re all the same no matter where they’re from

  • totally fup

    先下后上 = let passengers get off first, then you get on. this never happens in shanghai.

    as i was *trying* to get off the subway in shanghai, this old couple bumped into me forcing their way in as people were on their way out. the lady’s leg fell on the gap between the platform and the train. me and the husband instinctually reached out for the lady and helped her out, it took us like 2 seconds so no harm was done. the lady was shaken but fine. i asked her in chinese whether she was fine, she said ok, then i said sorry also quite matter of fact as i thought after all she bumped into me.
    when i started to walk away the husband grabbed my jacket and started to wail to seek attention from passbyers. the next 30 min. was an unfolding drama of how i was the one to blame because i said ‘sorry’. the logic being if you said ‘sorry’ you had something to apologize in the first place.
    long story short: we were taken to the police station in the subway. once there i told the police officer to check the video and to assess who was to blame. if he considered i was, i was willing to pay whatever the couple would ask.
    the police officer declined to check the records and probably noted that i had good intentions all along so they let me go.

    this kind of societal behaviour is sadly not unique to nanjing or shanghai…i’ve been around for quite some time and, to my experience, it is quite pervasive in china

    • http://www.cnreviews.com Kai

      I’ve lived in Shanghai for quite some time now and believe it or not, this subway thing has actually improved! LoL, every so often, I’ll actually see lines forming in the designated areas and people actually letting the passengers off before boarding! Of course, so far, the majority is still the same old sensless tide of humanity trying to get on without letting the tide of humanity within of first. Just give it more time. It’s a combination of bad habits cultivated by environmental factors including too many people (passengers) seeking a limited amount of resources (subway car space, the duration the doors are open, etc.).

      More than once I’ve had the incoming tide push me back in and in my more angstier moments, I’ve thought of violently shoving them out of my way and yelling at them, but I’m too lazy to bother.

      I’m sorry you ran into an asshole as well (like some other people here, most notably FDLR). People in general are eager to blame others and reluctant to consider that maybe they were at fault or consider how they contributed to whatever fault occured. I’m certain the guy is so accustomed to people pushing their way in that he couldn’t imagine how he or his wife was in anyway doing anything wrong, so of course you had to be wrong. I hope the police officer let you go not because he’d rather not bother but because he’s actually aware that it was probably due to the problematic and chaotic boarding of Chinese subways.

      A story of my own:

      Just the other day, my girlfriend told me how she was, get this, literally SIDE-KICKED by some guy on Line 6. The way she tells it, the subway car was packed as usual during rush hour and she had crowded on but some guy was shoving past her to get out. As a result of being shoved, she made a critical comment about why the guy didn’t get off sooner. Clearly upset, he turned around and then KICKS her, in front of everyone.

      Now, there’s two sides to every story of course, but I think it is safe to say we all agree it’s not very cool for any guy to SIDE-KICK a girl no matter what she said.

      Naturally, I suggested maybe the guy didn’t have a reasonable chance of getting off before others surged in, so maybe it wasn’t fair to verbally criticize him for something he couldn’t have helped. She maintained the guy should have been courteous enough to be aware of rush-hour conditions and been more prepared to disembark. For example, he could have moved towards the exits as the subway approached the station instead of staying in the center of the car and trying to shove out after people are already boarding. To her credit, the subway does announce and advise passengers that it is rush hour, will be crowded, and to prepare for your stop.

      However, by experience, I also know that many times it is impossible to move towards the doors to prepare to disembark because there are just that many people that no amount of “excuse me, are you getting off, can I get by, etc.” will get you closer to the exit. This is often true for the People’s Square stop. Also, there are many times when the boarders don’t wait or don’t wait enough before they try getting on.

      After getting kicked, my girlfriend called him “sha bi” and accused him of being an uncivilized country boy, to which some other passengers laughed. The station platform attendant yelled at the guy but otherwise nothing else happened. My girlfriend feels wronged, but I have to admit I can see how there were a lot of factors at play here.

      • jona

        oh my goodness. can someone stop this kaiguy or give him some drugs? maybe then he will stop writing such a bullshit all day long. but ok, stay in china, enjoy your great nation and never bother us, please.

      • jamar

        Some practical advice- (this usually works with heavy clothing- put everything in the inside pockets as a precaution)- when you’re faced with a tide of humanity, walk with a “falling” motion into the crowd. They’ll move out of the way.

        and @jona- You’re not exactly contributing to the dialogue here. That’s worth about as much as those stupid “First!!!!111!11!!!” coments.

  • TCP

    This is, unfortunately a very common occurrence all over China.
    Here in Kunming where I’ve lived for five years, I’ve seen it dozens of times. In fact we had a very similar situation to the above quoted story a few years ago where an elderly man had fallen and couldn’t get up and was bleeding quite a bit from his face. He just laid on his back on the sidewalk while a crowd of people gathered around him…nobody offered to help or even touch the man.

    Again it’s symptomatic of a system where people feel they have to extort money from others in order to get by. What many people don’t see about the Chinese economic “miracle” is that the money they are getting stays in the coffers of the party and those who are well connected. Unfortunately for the vast majority of the mainland Chinese population they still have to scrape together enough to pay for housing, food, and medicine.

    Some “Chinese Socialism!”

    • omg

      If the money wasn’t getting to the people then there’d be no social mobility and people would have rioted long ago.

      • TCP

        People ARE rioting in the country – in fact there are thousands of riots that go unreported in the national media every year.

        The money isn’t getting to the people who need it most. That’s an undeniable fact. If the people were getting their basic needs met, you wouldn’t have schemes like this going on, and people would gladly help people who have been injured, beat up, etc. as basic morals dictate we do.

  • fireworks

    Being a good Samaritan is virtue. But as China is changing like any other places, people are good at targeting gullible people. Its like internet scams, email purporting to come from a bank asking for your passport or some dickhead Nigerian sends a spam stating he has inherit a fortune and wish to share with you.

    Its sad when some people deliberately take advantage of others helping them like faking a injury or accident.

    In Singapore, they tried to have the public giving up seats in the metros for the young and the elderly. However, you get dickheads who will just grab the seats even they are not decrepit or a kid. So most people don’t give up their seats at all.

  • VeerLeft

    Kai, we can definitely hang out. I live in Shanghai also.

    Totally FUP, You should have just looked at the old man and walked off. I used to give people choices… “fuck off or get to fighting”, and then leave.

    • http://www.cnreviews.com Kai

      Hey VeerLeft,

      Cool. I’ll be at the SXSW cocktail party tonight at M1NT. Have you heard of it? Are you on Twitter?

  • John

    It is a sad day in China when you cannot trust your fellow citizens. Is it not better to help them and run the risk of something bad happening than just stand there paralyzed by fear and watch your own country men suffer…knowing ultimately that it will help unravel the moral fabric of your society? It is always better to help, because if you don’t no one will.

  • Joe #2

    The man was smart, but it’s sad that he had to say such a thing. To me, it’s only natural to help someone, even if I’m not at fault.

    Their idea of “common sense” is absurd. They should base their verdicts on whether or not there’s any proof.

  • 差不多先生

    To not help someone when they are under duress or injured is a crime against humanity. Those whom are too cowardice to come to others’ aid have no right to belong in this society. In China you see many signs promoting a harmonious society(和平社会)yet in reality this is extremely far from the truth of the matter. How can we strive for a peaceful, harmonious society if the common citizens do not have the gall to help someone in need? Shame on all that dare to watch someone writh in agony on the street without offering help. Shame on those whom watch a woman die on the street after being stabbed without the common decency to offer first-aid or call an ambulance. These types of bystanders are absolute trash.

  • http://www.chinasuccessstories.com/ China Business Success

    It’s unbelievable! If you had an accident and are helpless, you have to first assure the bystanders that they have nothing to do about it. Okay, so what if you can’t say anything any more, will people just pass you by because they are afraid that the person that is hurt will report the “good samaritan” to the police?

    In the case of Peng Yu, I do think he was doing the right thing. But the old woman shouldn’t have gone to court with her accident and got him fined for so much money. What was she thinking? Unbelievable! I hope that not everyone will act this way when somebody tries to help them. Because when more incidents like this happen, people won’t ever try to help a person in need no more.

  • John

    I am a American living in Nanjing. One day an elderly man fell flat on his face, and nobody could do a thing but call others to help. It is sad what is happening here in China.

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  • eimajsk8

    fuk it takes ages to read these things with guys trying to outdo each other with multiple syllable words and proving their chinese competency by adding some chinese characters-meh
    kai-u didnt recently write an article about the metros here did u?sounds particularly like u http://cnreviews.com/life/living-in-china/shanghai-metro-improvements-gate-jumpers_20091011.html#comment-27809
    and i think u have a shanghainese bitch of a girlfriend-she probably deserved the kick-but from a woman

    sorry for adding to the useless comments but this kinda thing happened to me 2 days ago
    i watched on my scooter as some moron rode too fast round the corner, smashed into an old man who just finished crossing the street fell on his face, smashed out some teeth and lay there in a heap.after seeing noone offer help-i as a stressed foreigner here tried to help the guy up, fixed his bike, picked up his various tidbits scattered around the road, sat him on the curb and proceded into a
    lawsons to buy some tissues-bandaids and such. guy said thanks, kinda refused any water or tissues but took them any way(i was suspecting refusal of tissues was for the gore factor when the police arrive to add sympathy-sadly this happens) and then made sure the guy was ok and was preparing to take off for a meeting when i was stopped by a bunch of rude fukrs who without seeing the incident start stopping me from leaving until police come.and now-the man refuses to back up my story that i was just helping him. police arrive-a crowd ensues-police request my passport(like i carry that shit around) and then refuse to let me leave-i call a friend-they say he must come with his i.d.-i refuse to let him do so-and then luckily an old lady returns with the man whom was hit in the first place who mysteriously dissapeared. the nice old man backs up my story and then the police officer who ‘couldnt’ speak english says in perfect english ‘ok sir, you are now free to leave’ wtf? the guy on the road still doesnt acknowledge my leaving or help and off i go-late for a meeting and miss dinner with a friend and his parents.lovely. The helping of someone turns into me needing to be helped and walking away with less love of this society than before-seriously china-wtf?
    I officially welcome all to the world expo-better city,better life-just dont help someone or expect someone to help u in a time of need
    huangling guangling(or some shit like that)

    • Alex

      Not too bad makes for some great opportunities to laugh at other peoples pain.

      Old woman falls flat on her face “Suck it up old hag!”
      or
      “Ohhh that must of hurt!”
      Guy gets run over “Look before crossing BEATCH!”

  • mao420

    It the Communist party that doesnt want to promote Heroism. Amongst 1 million Heros , one may have the potential to start a revolution. Think about the milk scandal which led the whistle blower to jail. It took one hero to start the chinese revolution…..why cant there be another?

  • reader6

    You got to be kidding me. Who in the right mind would help the person they just pushed, shoved, or stabbed? if it was accidental it would be understood but their reasoning is well unreasonable. By helping others you condemn yourself. this is the message sent to by this article. or by the response of the people who actually saw this.

  • Nanana

    Ha! To think China is one of the oldest countries in the world and they still lack commonsense. You’d think they learn at least from other countries by now. Note to self: never visit China.

  • chinese also

    five thousand years ago, judges then had used this “mo xi you” method. five thousand years later, no change.

    This should be the last card for a judge or authority to use.

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