Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What would you do?

While Jared goes and plays basketball every week, there is a show called, "What would you do" that I usually find myself watching. This show puts people in different controversial, ethical, or challenging situation to see how people will react. They're usually pretty interesting what people do when faced with an awkward dilemma. On one of these shows, they had one of their actors "pass out" on the side of a busy sidewalk and see how many people would stop, call, react - or anything. Surprisingly not many people did anything besides look and walk past. They even tried making the actor a woman, homeless man, and drunk. As I mentioned- only a few people tried to help. At the end of the show it mentioned how on a street in NY a few years back, a man fell to the floor due to a cardiac arrest. That man sat there for several hours and actually died, due to people not doing anything.

So this is what ran through my mind on my way to a Relief Society devotional, when there was a man sprawled out on the ground next to the freeway entrance. At first I brushed it off that surely someone else had called already....and it was probably nothing to worry about anyways. But thinking of this man dying because I didn't call didn't sit too well with me. So I flipped a U-turn and drove past him, this time closer. He was just laying there with his arm under his head, eyes closed. Maybe he was sleeping?? No. No one in their right mind sleeps when it's well over 104 degrees- with pavement being even hotter. So I flipped around again, this time rolling down my passenger window to ask him if he's okay. Several attempts at trying to get a response, and all he did was lay there and spit at me.....okay........maybe he got hit by a car and he can't talk, so that's his only way of communicating right now?? No idea- but I'm calling 911. So I did and the operator said she'd send someone over to check it out, and if I wanted, she would have someone call me back and tell me what was wrong (of course i wanted to know!).

After going to the activity, heading home, putting Adelyn in bed and watching some TV. A police officer called to tell me that he was indeed "okay" but in a heap of trouble. The officer was sort of vague, but apparently he will have to take that guy to Court for charging at him when he tried to approach. According to the officer, after 24 years as a officer, he was definitely "on something" and would be getting in trouble for his actions. When I told him the situation and how he'd spit when I'd tried to communicate, the officer asked if I'd like to press charges for "public mis conduct". Uh...no? I didn't really know what to say, plus it wasn't like I was really offended or anything. Before hanging up, the officer told me that two others had called too. But what if no one had? This young 20ish- year old who was "on something" might have stumbled onto the road and been hit by a car. I'm glad that I was one of the people who were concerned enough to call and make sure. So, when you are faced with a situation that might need help, what will you do?

2 comments:

Chelsie said...

Ok - so I totally watched that episode. I started tearing up when the homeless lady kept asking for someone to help the man that passed out and no one would stop. She seemed so defeated, it was so sad. I'm glad you called, otherwise you would have wondered what if?

kavahei said...

wow it would be you! You always have the most exotic things happen to you! :)