What is wrong with these people?

Philippines
October 26, 2011 12:31am CST
I saw my father watching a video that has been circulating around Facebook. The video shows a scene after a truck accident. Some casualties were left lying on the floor. One child was being carried by his father in an attempt to save him. However, it was clear that the child was already dead. He had his skull broken and part of his brain was already bulging out. His father was of course hysterical. No one came to help him. I was wondering what the videoman was doing there. He certainly found this scene a spectacle. I was reminded of an incident that happened a year ago around our shop's vicinity. I heard that a pedicab (a popular means of transportation in the Philippines where a bicycle and a car is attached to it's side) driver was hit by a car. Due to the great impact, his body was thrown out of his bicycle and his head hit into the truck just in front of him. Unfortunately, his head hit into a sharp edge and that might probably caused his instant death. His skull was shattered and his brain scattered into the street. Many curious bystanders came to the scene to check him out. Most of them took out their cellphones to take some pictures. Some even went away smiling and joking with one another. What is wrong with them? Do they have any respect for the dead? What irritates me is the bystanders' behavior of bringing out their phones to take pictures or videos. I certainly do not want to die that way... In a way that will become a spectacle to bystanders. Bless this poor man's soul, he was just trying to get a living and this is what happened. What are your thoughts regarding this behavior? What's wrong with these people?
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9 responses
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
I feel the same way. I also don't get it why other people are like that. Whenever there's a scene, the first thing people do is to get their cameras and take a picture. I don't know what their reason is. Me either. I also don't want to die that way being surrounded by all people and then they would take pictures. I hope that would change.
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
26 Oct 11
clearwater18 Yikes I haven't seen very many accidents and had no idea this is widespread...it's sick and sad.
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• Philippines
27 Oct 11
They could bring out their phones to call for help, not to take pictures or videos. I hope they're realize that it's wrong.
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• Philippines
27 Oct 11
stary1. That's what is happening mostly nowadays. People get their cellphones to take pictures of what is happening. It's really sad. seriousnuts. Yeah, that would be better for them to do rather than taking pictures. I hope so too.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
26 Oct 11
Hi there Seriousnuts, Whenever I hear these types of stories and hear that no one stepped forward to help, I've always wondered about the camera guy. Why the pictures and why not helping out? And to stand around just gawking is just as bad. If you can't help then you need to get out of the way. I really don't understand the mentality of taking pictures of such a horrific scene only to post it on youtube or facebook. Seems pretty sick to me as well as disrespectful to the victim and the victims family.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Exactly! Where is the compassion? How would they feel if it were their loved one? It's just sick and so are the people that take pleasure in watching these things.
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
26 Oct 11
seriousnuts .. oh my gosh..good question..what IS wrong with people who would take photos of tragedies..good grief..who would they show them to or would they personslly review them. Anytime I have accidentally seen something tragic the memory sticks and no way would I burden anyone else with it or take a photo
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• Philippines
27 Oct 11
I don't know what they're thinking. But they seem to just want to document everything they see. As to what they do with the pictures/videos, I don't know. I wouldn't want those types of files stored in my phone. Those files aren't a bit amusing at all.
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@wulania (1528)
• Indonesia
26 Oct 11
i thin human have lost humanity. the world is too sarcastic to the poor, thus people think about theirselves and not care other again
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
31 Oct 11
You can't control those people, they are just ignorance, and of course curiosity serve the first place at their thought. I hope that less and less of those accident will happen in the future if people learn their lesson well, and be cautious at all course.
• Philippines
31 Oct 11
You're right. They're ignorant. They did not know that what they're doing is wrong. You have a point about the curiosity, but their curiosity is useless if they don't give a helping hand. I hope too that less accidents like this will happen in the future.
@ralphs (209)
• Philippines
27 Oct 11
are you sure that there is a videoman? or the video was caught by CCTV camera, and if that is a videoman he/she has no heart because he priorities to do a video of the incident. that is so wrong if you think of it. the more important is to priorities the child who has being hit by a truck. And yes i live in Philippines and if the accident happens they all get their cellphone and take a picture, and videos they all called "MERON", its so irritating they must call a help because the people in the incident needs help.
• Philippines
28 Oct 11
Yes there is. The video was clearly captured from a short distance and it is NOT only from a single vantage point. In addition, the scene was taken along the highway, and there were no huge buildings surrounding it. I'm not sure where that particular accident happened.
• United States
27 Oct 11
How awful! I can't imagine anyone liking to look at such gross happenings. I can't imagine someone just taking a video of an occurring like this and not trying to comfort the father. I think some people are so used to seeing gory stuff on TV that they are curious to see stuff like this in real life. It's just sick.
• Philippines
31 Oct 11
Me too, I can't imagine anyone liking to look at those scenes. There is nothing fun about it. There is also nothing thrilling about it at all. Joining the commotion on the spot would only get in the way of help from the paramedics or authorities.
@Mashnn (4503)
27 Oct 11
It is immoral and unrealistic for someone just to remove his phone to take a photo of a dying person. That is very pathetic. I wish people can portray humanity in some situation. What a pit.
• Philippines
28 Oct 11
I believe there is still humanity in this world, but it is becoming less. I hope people will realize this and start to care again. They've been immunized by too many movies and internet media that they've lost sensitivity to the unfortunate victims.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Oct 11
serious nuts so many of thosepeople watch such gory stuff on television and in the movies they actually are hardened to see real life blood and guts. its as though they think they are just seeing a real life movie not reality at all. In reality some people would move forward to see if they could help the children,so they are viewing this as just more television or movies.taking pictures is the height of coldness. I had a bad fall beside my favorite restaurant five years ago and broke my shoulder very badly. At least twenty people gathered to see I guess if I had bled any.but one elderly couple with their grandson rushed over to me asking If I was all right. I told them either my arm was broken or my shoulder was dislocated and they called the Para medics, the grandson was about ten and he talked to me and told me not to cry as the medics would make me all better.bless them and I never got their names. they were almost like angels. I was trying to get the paramedics to let me go to my own doctor but they told me I was hurt too badly and needed to be checked out and hospitalized in all probability. and they were so right, x rays showed my shoulder bones were completely smashed so i had to have a shoulder joint replacement. but I owed that couple with their precious grandson so much.;