The Locals Let the Crazy Out

Big news in Shanghai… a son stabbed his mother 9 times because he felt she did not send him money fast enough when he was living abroad in Japan.   In the middle of Pudong airport the 50-year-old woman was stabbed and not one Chinese person raced to save her.  It took an unknown foreigner to run to her and try to stop the bleeding.  Even when he shouted for help only another foreigner would come to the rescue.

Although, there were many Chinese people around.. they just looked as they walked by, however, one person did stop to tape the incident with his camera.   The lack of response from the locals is a normal occurrence here.  I have seen people get hit by cars and no one stop to help.  I am told because they are afraid they will be blamed for what happened.

However, this one situation isn’t the only time a Chinese person has gone crazy.  In the town, I live in there was a big to do.. over a frozen  human head that was found in the park by the garbage can across from the local McDonalds.   The town was all in a flutter since it was the second one that year.  It took a couple of months but they eventually found the man doing the crimes.   He was a butcher at the local Fresh Market that sold meat.  (we are still wondering if the meat he sold was human)

Yet another incident was caught online when a man started stabbing people on the street randomly.   I am wondering if this is caused be the warm weather or if sometimes.. the locals just need to let the crazy out.

All in all, China is a pretty safe country if you don’t count the pickpockets and the small bouts of craziness that happen here and there.

I am so happy that they have not been allowed to have guns or who knows what the craziness would be like here.

until next time….


2 thoughts on “The Locals Let the Crazy Out

  1. Jules

    I think it’s a crime in the Netherlands to see a person in dying need and not offer assistance.

    Now I kinda understand why your hubby wanted you to stop being so kind…it’s just not a way of life there. At least someone came to her aid, thank heavens. I have nothing to say about the ‘butcher’..whewwwwww.

    Keep on keeping on sister.

  2. Woman

    It still sounds odd that I hear people just going about their business when people get hurt or a hurt by others. But I have seen it happen with my own eyes.

    In some ways I can understand the reasoning behind it. Blame is an awful thing… think of it this way. How many medical personal in Western countries wish they could just ignore helping someone when they are off duty? They help, then get sued because they are bound to assist. Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

    The other part for Chinese people not helping is because as much as they love gossip, they have a strange knack for staying out of other people’s troubles. Police do not go to a family’s home when called when it is spousal abuse/rape even if the spouse has asked for help from the police as they see it as none of their business.

    The other reason I suspect (and this is just my own personal opinion here) is because of guangxi and mianzi. If you help someone and they die in your arms, you loose face.

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