WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (post by Frank Somerville KTVU)


A man named John posted this picture on his Facebook page with this caption:

“This was my morning: an unconscious man lies on the floor of a packed BART train while dozens of commuters ignore him.

This in the wealthiest city in the wealthiest country in the world.
WTF has happened to us?”

John says he waited for a few minutes to see if anyone was going to help the man.
No one did.
So John checked on him:

“And as soon as I went over to see if he was OK (he wasn’t), I suddenly became invisible to the crowd.
I had to get uncomfortably loud before someone by the intercom called the conductor.”

Bart ended up holding the train at the station.
John says:

“The BART people were very kind.
He was barely conscious and incoherent.
He managed to get up with help.
But couldn’t walk off the train by himself.
The BART folks said they were taking him to get medical attention.”

There were several comments on John’s Facebook page.
I thought this one was interesting.
A woman said:

“Today, right now, you are my hero John.
I hope every commuter who ignored that person thinking “not my problem” or “just a homeless person asleep on the train” realized today that they f–ked up.
And that they should have been the person to (help).

I keep asking myself:
“What would I have done?”

I’d like to think I would have stepped up to the plate like John did.
Honestly I just don’t think I could have ignored the guy.
I sure hope I’m right about that.
I would be really disappointed in myself if I didn’t take action.

Afterword John was very emotional.
He says:

“It’s still super upsetting.
I basically spent the rest of the ride trying not to break down.”

I applaud John for “getting involved.”
And I will assume that if you hit “like” it means you feel the same way.


Thanks to Sue Eich for telling me about this story.

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