If you happen to see something horrible happening... for GOD'S SAKE, WHY DON'T..

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
November 1, 2009 12:26pm CST
...you open your cell phone and report it or at least contact the authorities? EVERYBODY has a cell phone now. The 8 year old down the street has a cell phone and he can dial 911 on it as well as his mom's number. I am tired of hearing about all these awful things happening in plain sight, in the middle of the day, in PUBLIC AREAS! There are dozens and hundreds of witnesses! Not ONE can duck into a restroom, go around a corner, lock themselves in their car, whatever - and CALL FOR HELP?! Really?? TRULY? Do you care more about yourself than someone who may be getting beaten TO DEATH and RECORDED by people so they can post it up on youtube and twitter about it? Or do you not care at all that someone is getting murdered in front of you, 10 yards from you, across the street? Don't you believe that if you witness something, you have at least some degree of responsibility, especially if someone's life is in danger?
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@solared (1210)
• United States
1 Nov 09
A lot of people don't report things because they don't wish to be questioned by the police or have to show up in court later, and that is exactly the true answer, other then they may have a record or unpaid tickets or a warrant.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
2 Nov 09
That's interesting, I never thought about that aspect lol. I don't think you would necessarily be questioned or called as a witness, not just for calling 911 because someone is getting kidnapped or beaten. Reporting something happening just so authorities are aware that it is happening is different than noticing that you saw a guy in your local supermarket who was on last night's America's Most Wanted. I CAN tell you that I probably would not want to be called as a witness in a traffic case if I saw a car accident, but that is mostly because we have a lot of illegals here which translates to a lot of people who drive without licenses, registrations, and insurance. That is a pretty big can of worms right there when there are damages to pay for.
@solared (1210)
• United States
2 Nov 09
There was a episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" were Larry witnesses a car robbery, and the other witness is a mentally unstable woman, who may actually be sane, anyways the police try to question Larry and he says he only saw some of it, and she saw the whole thing, then her brother shows up and says you can't question her she's mentally unstable, Larry gets upset because he has something he really wants to do and that is stop a Dr. from taking results to his gf in the house, instead the Dr gets to her first, and he gets questioned by the police.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Hello dear, I think i know what do you mean in here dear. I also seen some postings in youtube with public killing and public punishment like cutting of hands and feet. But what can an ordinary civilian citizen can do if the ones doing the crime were the authorities whom we think should give help and rescue? I had seen and watched one youtube posting like this...and it is allowed(horrible scene,public killing and punishment)becoz of beliefs and cultures. And posting it thru youtube i guess is one way of those concern citizen to let us know some hidden truth...to let the world know that it is happening somewhere.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Well, if the authorities are all corrupt, that opens another can of worms. For the most part we still have some people in service professions like police, fire, and paramedics who are here to serve the greater good, and my point in this discussion was to try and get the millions of people with cell phones to consider dialing 911 instead of chatting with a friend over lunch the next day and saying 'you know that incident on the news when that woman got beat at the local Target, I saw that'. There was a horrific crash right around the corner from my house once and I called 911 immediately as well as yelling at my neighbors to call 911. It turned out to be my daughter's friend who was on her way over to our house and some lady coming the opposite direction ran a stop sign and plowed headfirst into her truck, totalling the front. I'm glad to say she was not permanently injured although she did end up at the hospital overnight. An ambulance arrived very quickly, within 10 minutes I'd say. I'm sorry, I just cannot imagine NOT trying to get help. If I couldn't get any help I would do whatever I could do myself. Now if the authorities were causing the massacre, it would be time to raise a militia lol.
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I do agree that it is our responsibility to report to the authorities if ever we witnessed or encountered such crimes right before our eyes. We should not think twice in helping these people who really need our help at those critical times. It will be a life saving act on these persons.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
1 Nov 09
If some one is in danger or you witness a crime that is happening before your eyes it is your responsibility to call for help. If you don't then you are as responsible as the person committing the crime. I think people are becoming desensitized from all the crimes on the television and movies they really don't see how horrible murder is.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Thank you!! The news has been inundated lately with all sorts of headlines and content about people who were abducted, assaulted, injured, etc in PUBLIC with people watching and nothing was done by any witness. The difference is when something like that happens in front of you in real life, it isn't a take in a movie, it's not something where 'no humans or animals were actually hurt' and we need to WAKE UP. If you have a cell phone, please use it for good.
• United States
1 Nov 09
Well, not everybody has a cellphone. Some choose to be anti-technology and don't have cellphones or computers. I don't think I've ever witnessed something very tragic enough to call-in for help about it. I have never watched a Utube video involving such material either. I wouldn't even know if it would be legal to post horribly graphic material like murder or abuse. It is a good lesson to learn to respond to emergencies in a timely manner. It is also moral and will help you feel better about yourself. Just think of what it takes to respond in the moment however. Some people will be intimidated. How many kids stand up to peers who are fighting? How many kids stand up to verbal abuse if it is not said to them, then if it is being said about another? These are instances of violence that are everyday, but it shows how normal it is that peer pressure take advantage of courageousness. I can see how you are upset since you see so much of this. You could start somewhere, yourself, to start helping people in need. Maybe this will fulfill a need in you to quell violence.
• Australia
4 Nov 09
I think it really depends on the situation. If someone is threatening to blow the place up, then you are going to think twice just in case they do it because of you making the call. If it is teens fighting etc, then yeah, of course I'd call it in.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
Are you talking about the girl who got gang raped recently? Well whether it's that or something else, yeah it's awful that people just pass by and don't do anything. I can understand being afraid of being attacked yourself, but for heaven's sake, get away to a safe place and then CALL. No excuse for not doing that, none. Maybe in Nazi Germany, but not here and now!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Thankfully, I've never been in the situation where I've seen someone getting beaten by other people or anything of that sort. However, I do feel that it is my responsibility to call 911 when I see something bad happening. In the past year alone I've had to call 911 twice on my cell phone when I've seen car accidents happen. The first one was far worse than the second one as it was on the interstate and one of the vehicles involved was a motorcycle. I actually had my mother call 911 from my cell phone while I got out of the car to make sure that the driver was alright. I don't know how many people called 911 that day regarding the accident, but even though it put be behind schedule to do that, I felt that it was something that I had to do.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
2 Nov 09
i think if you see someone getting hurt and you don't report it, then you are just as bad as the person who is doing the hurting. i am not saying that you have to jump in and try and stop it at the risk of getting hurt, but you have the duty to call 911 to get help. and those who don't do that should all go to hell. F*&k that i don't want to get invloved, you have to get involved!!! and it's as esy as calling 911
@gmatthews (155)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I think that you should call for help. It's the human thing to do and not only that what if it was you that was being victimized? You would want someone to help you.Unfortunately I think people are in this state of mind now where they think that they should just mind their own business and as long as they are not involved they keep going on with what they are doing. People are so afraid to get involved. It's sad, but I don;t know how you would change this.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
2 Nov 09
I would think its an automatic reflect to pick up the phone and call the police or 911. I have done it many times when I lived across the street from a Party Hall. There would be fights and gangs of people fighing one person and I would pick up the phone and call right away. This seemed to happen alot during the summer months. In the 18 years living there I can't tell you how many times I called the police. So of course I would continue to do the same if I was to see something. There was a story just this past week where a group of people watched a 15 year old girl get raped and beat up by a bunch of guys. Not one person with their cell phone in their hand thought to call the police. How do people live with themselves. Its a total disgrace how people don't find it in themselves to do the right thing.
@surfette (674)
• United States
1 Nov 09
This is a complex question and a very good one. I'm afraid the answer to this is not a simple one and has been a progression of man losing his humanity to man. In the 1970's, books were being written about "Looking Out for #1" "Winning Through Intimidation" "Be Your Own Best Friend". This was just the beginning of a self-centered society that has escalated to horrendous proportions. People have blurred the lines between good and evil to the point that everything is gray. We, as a society, have lost our moral centers that separate us from animals. I'm not saying that everyone is like this, but more and more people just don't care. The golden rule is forgotten. We have also been exposed to so much violence and every show or movie wants to push the envelope to be just a little more violent than the one before. Because of this, people are so used to seeing violence that they have a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality. I can remember seeing the news where a 13 year old girl was shot and she was screaming, "I didn't know that it would hurt this much". Evidently, she thought she would be fine for "the next episode". People seem to be so angry right now with everything going around them, the economy, war, politics, etc. When you look at people's faces when you are out and about, there is so much anger in their expressions that when they do see a violent act, it's almost like they are getting out their anger by watching. We have become a very sick society. People have also isolated themselves from other humans through electronics. They sit on the computer and say horrid things to one another because they feel that they are anonymous and it's O.K. to do. Even the cell phones that are supposed to be a form of communication have become texting devices so you really don't have to talk to the person. Many parents don't even talk to their children . . . they text them. No one wants to face issues or teach love, respect or caring for anyone other than themselves. Sad but true.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
1 Nov 09
It IS amazing that with so many people having a cell phone that they do not report what's going on! If someone needs help and you don't assist them, you are just as guilty as the person that you are not reporting
@kezabelle (2985)
1 Nov 09
I might remove myself first before calling for help but I wouldnt just walk away and not call the police thats so irresponsible! I do however though have two very small children so especially if they were with me id remove us to safety first their safety and having a mother who is alive for them is my utmost prioroty NO ONE no matter what might be happening to them at the time comes before my children but i would ring for help as soon as I had got myself and my children to safety.