Early Monday morning in Hengyang, Hunan province, a woman was knocked down in the middle of the road. After calling the police, some helpful passersby shone lights around the area as a warning to passing vehicles. Shockingly, however, not only did cars not slow down, but some proceeded to run right over the wounded woman, ensuring her death.
You'll have to pardon the first half-minute of this video; I'm not sure either why someone felt it necessary to play the accident back and again, back and again. But everything about this story, which happened in Ningbo last month and was recently publicized, gets better: four women who were passing by immediately went to the victim and tried to resuscitate him. We're not sure exactly what they did, but the video shows one of them pressing on his chest. The man survived.
The person who took this video was out with his colleague on Sunday in Tianjin when he saw two men steal a woman's phone and attempt their getaway on a motorcycle. Our videographer was in his car, mind you, so he did what any person would: pursue. Pursue recklessly, if need be. The chase ends with him knocking down the thieves' motorcycle, but it wasn't exactly mission accomplished. As he writes in the video description: "My colleague and I got out of our car to intercept them, but no one else helped the two of us stop the two thieves, so we couldn't overtake them. Later my colleague and I dialed the police at 110."
You want to know why people are sometimes reluctant to help strangers? Take this incident from Monday in Shenzhen, as reported by Hebei News. It’s a sad reflection on society when even a lost toddler can pose a hazard to one’s health. A 33-year-old man surnamed Chai was with some friends on a public plaza... Read more »
Recently in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, a traffic accident has led some people to praise two men for being Good Samaritans, but... pardon me for not completely seeing it. In the video, it looks like the female scooterist knocks herself out when she rams her head into the side of an encroaching vehicle. The man next to her then scoops her off the ground (what happened to stabilizing the neck?), and we're told that he -- along with someone else who stops to help -- hails a taxi to send her to the hospital. Whatever happened to ambulances? Oh well. Thought that counts!
Act IV: In Which The Driver Is Sentenced To Three And A Half Years In Jail On Wednesday, the Nanhai District People’s Court in Foshan, Guangdong province convicted Hu Jun of involuntary homicide and sentenced him to three and a half years in jail. According to Xinhua, “The court said it also issued a lenient sentence... Read more »
On Sunday in Yantai, Shandong province's Golden Sands beach, a young man surnamed Ji swam a bit too far into the sea and went under. As Tencent Online tells it via 365jia (pictures from there), an Australian named Jason relaxing a few hundred meters away saw this and sprung to action.
This is one of those stories that are a mark of contemporary China, or result of. Recently in Shanghai, an old man fainted and fell. Instead of helping him, people stood around and watched (for him to do what, exactly?), and one man, surnamed Liu, took out his phone and began filming. (Again, what for?)
Remember the three migrant workers who rescued a woman from drowning in Qingdao? Another woman was rescued from drowning recently in Nanjing, but under completely different circumstances. The woman walked into a lake and kept going farther and farther from shore, ala Edna Pontellier in The Awakening. After her rescue by an out-of-town soldier surnamed Zhou,... Read more »