Would You Help Someone In Need?

In show on ABC titled What Would You Do? They test many scenarios to see how people would react and, in some cases, if they would intervene. In the episode, Man Lures Drunken Girl they stage an all to common scene, a drunk woman is at a bar and there is a man trying to take advantage of her and the situation. It is obvious that the girl does not want to leave, not is she in the best frame of mind.

What would you do? Would you stand by and let her be taken away by this stranger or would you try and step in and help her?

Luckily for the girl in this video, the bystanders stepped in to help her because they realized that there was a problem. One man who stopped her from being taken away said he had a 25 year old daughter and that he hoped someone would intervene if his daughter was stuck in a similar situation.  A group of women acted like they knew her to prevent the man from being able to take her out of the bar. Can you say that you would do the same?

I think this is a very hard circumstance to be in. If I were in this position I would hope I would step in, but sometimes this can be a daunting task because you do not know their situation. The girls might not be opposing the man as strongly as she was in this video or the man may act as if they are friends and make it seem as if she wants his help. An even worse scenario, is one that I would imagine to be even more common than the one demonstrated in this video, what would happen if this was taking place in a dark nightclub rather than at a restaurant bar in broad daylight? I think if this were the case, there would not be nearly as many people intervening than there were in this example. Because of the load noise, dark lighting, and large number of people, you may not even know that there is a problem going on with the two people. It is really something to think about.

I think this video really reinforces the ideas that we need to pay attention to our surroundings and to stick together, because you never know when you could be saving a life.

ABC. (2010). What would you do? [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.hulu.com/watch/147916

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