Around 3:20 pm on Sunday in Tangshan, Hebei province, a woman named Ms. Cheng was exercising in Nanhu Park when she saw some teenagers playing on a frozen lake. She and her exercise partner, Mr. Liu, were about 15 meters from the shore when the ice suddenly cracked, swallowing up the young revelers.
Tommy Patton is the latest foreigner to win praise for assisting strangers in need. A former firefighter in the US, according to Xinmin, he helped keep two injured passengers conscious after their car was crushed between trucks on the G1501 Expressway in Shanghai on Tuesday afternoon.
On the same day that saw a team take perhaps the most unsportsmanlike option possible in the face of defeat -- the women's rugby sevens team deciding to stop playing because they disagreed with a referee's decision, and losing 71-0 -- sportsmanship went ahead and redeemed itself with this story.
In Shantou, Guangdong province, security cameras appeared to capture a kidnapping this morning while passersby watched on. Authorities are on the case and there are no further details at the moment -- we don't know, for instance, whether the woman forced into the white van (she's pulled in by a man, who's abetted by a woman wearing pink) knew her kidnappers -- but it's a startling scene. The Youku video description notes that people stood around and watched, but no one took action.
As a result of domestic strife, a 20-something woman in a residential compound in the Daoli district of Harbin, Heilongjiang province went to the balcony on the 5th story of a building and threatened to jump. She crawled out of the window and onto a wire clothesline, where she remained, distraught, according to a witness on the ground, as reported by Xinhua.
The first time you watch this, you'll likely not catch what exactly happens. Youku user Wanku, who posted the above video, certainly didn't.
But after returning home and studying the footage, Wanku realized something: he/she saw a robbery happen in broad daylight, and in front of the city hall in Binhu district of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, no less.
An elderly man slipped and fell down some stairs and into a pond on July 24 around 8 am in Yibin, Sichuan province.
He was not left to his own devices as bystanders watched, too afraid to help. He did not drown, inciting widespread condemnation of society and its suppurating values.