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Passengers flee subway as man faints

Why Shanghai Subway Passengers Ran Away From Man Who Fainted
If a stranger fainted right in front of you, your first move might be to try to help them.

But passengers on board a subway car in Shanghai earlier this month had a very different reaction. And it was all caught on camera.

Check out this surveillance footage released Wednesday by CCTV. You can see a man suddenly slump over in his seat. And as he rolls to the floor, his fellow passengers bolt for the train's door.

According to a tweet from People's Daily, China, the subway car was empty within 10 seconds, and the unconscious passenger was left alone on the ground.

If you watch the rest of that bizarre footage, you can see the man who fainted regain consciousness, looking confused as a new wave of passengers boards the train and subway employees arrive to investigate the incident.

After the video's release, several major news outlets criticized the passengers' skittish reaction to the incident, with some critics even blaming the city of Shanghai as a whole for being too unfriendly.

But a blogger told the South China Morning Post that response could have something to do with the increasing number of alleged terrorist attacks in Yunnan and Xinjiang provinces in recent weeks.

"People have been strained and [are a bundle of] nerves nowadays. ... In the closed space of a subway train, a stranger's abrupt collapse ... can trigger every frightened person to flee from the scene."

One of the most terrifying attacks happened at a train station in Yunnan province back in March. Men dressed in black and armed with knives burst into the station and began stabbing people at random.

But the subway panic in Shanghai, according to some observers, is just the most recent example of public reluctance in China to help others.

A strikingly similar situation on a subway in Guangzhou back in June sparked panic when a passenger fainted and caused others to rush out of the train. Six passengers were hurt in the chaos.

And the 2011 case of a 2-year-old girl in Guangdong province who was hit by two vehicles and ignored by at least 18 people before someone helped her stirred a massive debate over common decency.

To combat this type of behavior, the city of Shenzhen implemented China's first Good Samaritan law last year, which aimed to protect people from being subject to liability while trying to help others.

China has experienced several high-profile cases in which those trying to assist others in need were sued after their efforts didn't succeed.

As for this most recent incident, the identity of the man who fainted is still unclear, and his condition is currently unknown.

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leslie August 20 2014 at 12:04 PM

In NY they would have robbed him before they left.

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jimsr375 August 20 2014 at 11:38 AM

sounds like ferguson

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john.dean54 August 20 2014 at 12:13 PM

What if he had Ebola? Would you want to be around?

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mable.prit August 20 2014 at 11:58 AM

A bunch of thoughtless morons. No one had shot or stabbed anyone. If nothing else, call for help.

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Doctor Michael August 20 2014 at 12:02 PM

After being subjected to gas attacks by terrorists, why should we expect anyone to hang around?

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Viper1ex19 August 20 2014 at 12:12 PM



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faithrada Viper1ex19 August 20 2014 at 2:24 PM

You know what? I thought of that also.... except there are no reports of Ebola in China. If there was Ebola in my area .. I would not even BE on a train. THat being said... people could still have stayed near by him and call for help ... and make sure he was not robbed .. etc. It really seemed like no one cared... and that is beyond sad.

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gaelach August 20 2014 at 12:40 PM

They MAY have robbed him in New York, but the only time I was in N.Y., I found the people there to be friendly and helpful. Busy and in a hurry, yes, but nice enough. This is waaay different. I'm starting to think the whole world has gone mad. Reading what passes for news is giving me a case of depression. Maybe I'll take a break from doing that and go help out in a soup kitchen or hospital for a while.

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c1g2w3 gaelach August 20 2014 at 2:29 PM

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Viper1ex19 August 20 2014 at 12:13 PM

He must have been a AOL Moderator..

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brad August 20 2014 at 12:24 PM

I don't blame them. None of them are doctors anyway, what are they supposed to do, stand around and take selfies with him? What if he has bird flu? Now you try and help him and you got it..... Call 911 and get the hell out of the way, that would be the most practical thing to do.

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Christi August 20 2014 at 1:06 PM

He just happened to faint while the train was stopped? Wonder what would have happened if it had been going full speed? Utter chaos I'm sure.

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