The Dangers of Playing Hero

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

You’ve all seen the now infamous photo of the man hanging from a New York subway platform before he was struck by a train. So why didn’t someone try to save him? Trace peeks inside the mind of a good and bad samaritan.

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35 comments

Jonathan Williams September 29, 2013 - 9:08 AM

I just love DNews! Keep it up

Carl Enerz October 3, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Or the will sue you for not being an trained professional.

Project Tyrasa October 10, 2013 - 12:48 PM

ight look i've learned from Hollywood you can be the hero… So long as you your not black =_= I'm just speaking personally for myself think it's racist? Name 10 movies where the Hero was Black and actually Saved someone without Dying further on in the movie Seriously do it prove me wrong When it comes to Hollywood Don't Be a Hero

Project Tyrasa October 10, 2013 - 12:50 PM

but I myself do try to help people whenever i can even in dangerous situations i'm just Stupid and reckless like that x3

The Monkeysphere October 30, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Playing the hero always bites you in the ass. Battered women go back to their abusers and turn you into the villain for having "kidnapped" them (even though you take them to their relatives) and assaulting their "beloved."

If you run off a man trying to break into a house and the property owner sees you you're automatically assumed to be an accomplice.

If you attack a man to keep him from stabbing someone from behind bystanders see you as the aggressor.

The Monkeysphere October 30, 2013 - 11:48 AM

Or sue you for violating their DNR order. Happened to me once. EMTs are expected to ignore them on the scene or on the way to the hospital. But since I'm not an EMT, just someone who's trained in CPR, it resulted in a (fortunately unsuccessful) law suit against me.

The Monkeysphere October 30, 2013 - 11:52 AM

It happens. I've been taken to court because I gave CPR to someone who had a DNR order in place. Several years back here in Missouri a man was sued because the pregnant woman he pulled out of a burning car miscarried.

Apparently the judge and/or jury were too thick to realize that the miscarriage was most likely caused by trauma sustained during the accident because he lost the case.

The Monkeysphere October 30, 2013 - 11:54 AM

From what I gather it's essentially the youtube presence of Discovery Channel. If you get it on satellite or buy from the companies who advertise during Discovery Channel programming you're essentially giving them money.

Rettheran October 30, 2013 - 9:15 PM

A lot of the laws in the US are backwards, I feel sorry for you guys xD

Fortunately I live in Norway.
(that is not to say that we don't have our stupid laws)

M Zhen November 5, 2013 - 2:17 AM

From what I learn from expirience. Do not try to save someone unless you are certain that 1. you are certainly going to save them 2. know what you are doing and 3. the person that you are helping actually needed help.

M Zhen November 5, 2013 - 2:27 AM

This one time, I saw this teen girl sitting on side of the road on my way back home. She told me that she was riding a bike and a motorbike grazed her and ran off.. So, i over her a ride to local hospital(2 min away) and sent her home. Once I landed to her house and her brother opens up the gate. The moment he saw his sister came out of the car (she looks messed up). Instead of receiving the thank you note I should've got. I receive a knock up blow, insults.

M Zhen November 5, 2013 - 2:55 AM

We did end up in the court tho. Which the damage got me hospitalise for 3 days (big dude with baseball bat) and quite a sum of money for car repair.
Worse part is, we are actually losing.the fact that there are no "witness" witness the actual incident all the witness saw was she entered my car. It was horrible
She did end up coming forward stating the whole incident in writing after days of convincing. Settle and got her brother to a juvenal centre cause apparently he is/was violent.

omogisalu November 24, 2013 - 1:19 PM

O_o why do you guy'z not have more view'z what'z up with that? should do a story on why some youtube page'z are more view'd or why some ppl are popular while other'z arnt if you have not done so already… 

Efflorescentey December 16, 2013 - 7:51 AM

CPR is the easiest thing ever! First aid courses can be completed in ONE DAY and if everyone learns the basics then soooooo many lives would be saved!!!

If it were you about to die, wouldn't you want more people who knew how to SAVE YOUR LIVE??

Le Will December 23, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Yes, don't move people who are injured unless they are in immediate danger. It often makes the injury more serious.

elias degeest January 12, 2014 - 1:08 AM

i am gone show this to my parents

Manb1rd January 13, 2014 - 12:35 PM

Am i the only one that thinks its kinda sad that a dude cant pull themself over a train ditch thing?

Edmond Dantès January 14, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Photographers have been known to photograph even their own deaths because the process of observation that is inherent to their art not only requires but induces a detached mental state.  It's called "viewfinder syndrome".

Malaachi Saint January 16, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Car was going to explode!?!?!?! oh Hollywood…

Rezaaaable January 28, 2014 - 9:33 AM

"Don't do CPR if you don't know what you're doing." – Stupidest thing I've ever heard..

jonathan berg February 11, 2014 - 5:10 AM

A ha!  I detect a GEEK! 

BioshockInfinite February 15, 2014 - 12:40 PM

dont care i will still save people if someone is in danger this does not stop me from saving people

Marco Iblher Rr. v. Greiffen February 17, 2014 - 5:29 AM

I'm a CPR–trainer and I have to tell you: Always do CPR, unless you know what your're doing!

Every modern statistics tell: "Wrong" CPR is always better than no CPR.

WhiteFeather February 27, 2014 - 5:46 AM

'Merica
The only place in the world where you can get sued for trying to save someone… 
Seriously wtf is wrong with you people ? 

John Smith April 4, 2014 - 8:06 PM

The ease and safety of modern society has numbed our ability to react to danger. If people were responsible for their own security and today's conveniences were not present we would be much more capable at saving others and ourselves.

Level 58 Death Knight April 9, 2014 - 7:10 AM

Aytee-Aytee Walker. Not At-At. Stupid fake nerd.

Blood Angel May 2, 2014 - 3:01 AM

Try to save some random Asian guy, or make a few bucks selling the pics of his impending doom… Decisions, decisions.

graffkingxamx June 6, 2014 - 7:12 PM

i thought that guy at 2:18 was aaron rodgers for a min

LEEDAQ July 13, 2014 - 7:28 AM

yup that true, sometimes people try to help others but they can cause even worse outcome. so if you are not competent dont do it

Chi Pa Pa August 1, 2014 - 11:59 PM

It is better to be a hero than a zero.

Dowlphwin September 5, 2014 - 8:11 AM

0:30 I call bullshit on that. It sounds very much like a justification for, if not a kneejerk reaction to interesting things happening, then at least lack of courage to do the straightforward thing.
Seriously, what is more realistic? Running to the guy and helping him up or believing that photo flashes will make a subway driver realize there's an obstacle and then bring the train to a stop in time?
Well, we don't even have to theorize, because the camera did flash and the guy did get killed.

As for doing a disservice trying to help: If someone is really doing it in other people's interest, then that sincere empathy (which I would pose is related to intelligence) and compassion will make them make sure that they're actually doing something helpful and not harmful. Because that's what you would want from others, too.

laubeatz April 9, 2015 - 9:46 PM

fight or flight, simple =)
military personnel are trained their "fight" functions
civilians without training adopt the "flight" more often

Guy Black June 9, 2016 - 4:14 AM

2:13 I didn't know Aaron Rodgers saved someone. huh, would ya look at that?

Jonathan Davenport July 22, 2016 - 5:35 AM

I really enjoy this channel : )

Spiritual Walkway September 24, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Hi! Thanks for this video! I'm jumping in at
a much later date – but, in some states (the U.S.)
Good Samaritan laws have been put into place,
so that people who want to help won't get penelized
for it! It's a good thing to help! But – as you said;
it isn't always the right type of help! So. HELP!!!
~~~Nancy
P.S. Here's a good article on 'How Good Samaritan Laws
Work!'
https://goo.gl/uhsP6z

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