Survey: 60% of Chinese netizens would not help injured elderly

14:28, January 05, 2011      

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Relative report: Cold passers-by leave fallen old man to die

Zheng Yuanjie, a famous Chinese fairy tale writer, released an online investigation on his own microblog that posed the question: "If you encountered an elderly person who had fallen, would you help them or not?" on Dec. 12 of last year, and it turned out that 57 percent of 3,050 Netizens who joined the vote would not do that.

On his micro-blog, Zheng cites two stories about helping people who fell on the streets. The first one is an story reported by Southeast Express that an 83-year-old man fell down on his way to a bank in Fuzhou several days ago, but no passers-by chose to lend a hand.

Only two female passers-by crouched in front of him and just called the ambulance and police. But they stopped short of helping him stand up after they were reminded by others of the potential risks of rendering. The old man died lying on the street as a crowd looked on.

The second story was reported by Chinese Teenagers News that a young girl at grade four of a primary school rushed out of the cold-hearted crowd and held a fallen old man's hands on the street on Dec. 9 of last year, and then she dialed the old man's family number on his identification card.

After the old man was saved, the girl did not get blackmailed as other passers-by worried she might. On the contrary, she was rewarded with a pennant by the old man's family.

After retelling the two stories, Zheng asked the question: "If you encountered an elderly person who had fallen, would you help them or not?" More than 1,300 of the 3050 Netizens who voted on his microblog answered "Yes," which means nearly 60 percent of people dare not help fallen people on street due to the possibility of being blackmailed after their kind-hearted actions.

Guangzhou Daily contributed to the story.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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