May 16, 2007

The Final Seinfeld Crime

I saw something on TV yesterday that made me sad. I was watching the Today show and they interviewed a 91 year old man who was severely beaten by a man who was stealing his car. That is sad enough, but the worst part was that there were a half a dozen of people one car length away that were bystanders who were watching but did nothing to help this man. No one called the police, no one went for help, which would have been the least they should have done. They could have joined together and rushed the bad guy. Were they scared? Did they even care? I don't know what was going on in their heads, but it seems to me that no matter what is happening in your head you have to push past that and help.
I can't imagine what was going through the 91 year old man's head as he was being beaten and off to the side saw people just watch it happen. In his days growing up, men were men, you took up for people who needed help. You didn't watch someone get beat without helping.
There was a show on TV last month that I didn't watch but once again saw the creator of the show interviewed on the Today show (I love me some Matt, Merideth, Ann and Al in the morning). The man who was being interviewed posed as someone in different parking lots trying to break into cars, breaking the glass, jimmying the lock... in the background were people who just stood by, no one ever even called the police. Even if I was scared and by myself I would have atleast ducked around a corner to call the police on my cell phone.
What is happening in our land?
If you remember the last Seinfeld episode, the foursome watched on as a crime was taking place and they were put in jail for breaking the Good Samaritan Rule. It seems like that is happening alot these days.


Denise W said...

I pray that I wouldn't be that person that just stood by and did nothing.....

I'm reminded of a time that I drove up to a fight and flashed my lights. I'm sure these people were drunk and/or stoned, When I realized what I had just done, I drove straight to the police station. It's funny to think of now.

Sarah said...

I saw that, also (I am loving Matt, Meridith, Al and Ann while I'm in the Elegante', too!) I had just been reminded of the Good Samaritan law and when I saw that footage I wish that every last one of those people would be prosecuted for it! Seinfeld come true! That man is a WWII vet -- and he still is holding up pretty well after that horrible person beat the living daylights out of him. I just can't believe that.