Helping humanity

Helping humanity

Helping humanity

First published in Letters by

TAKING my dog out for her late night constitutional at 11pm, I came across a youth laid on the pavement.

He was flat on his face arms outstretched clutching a near empty bottle of spirits and obviously drunk.

Making sure he was okay I continued on my walk.

A quick once around the block and I thought I’d better see if he had moved at all.

Walking back to him I noticed two mixed groups of people of a similar age had walked past. Other than commenting on the predicament among themselves, they had offered no help or assistance to the young man.

Not wanting to just abandon him in the street, I thought it my best option to contact the emergency services and tell them of his predicament.

What a sad indictment that people would leave their fellow men laid in the street and offer no help whatsoever.

Shame on them. How much out of their precious lives would it take to offer just a little help or a phone call?

A kind heart and a bit of consideration among people are hard to find nowadays.

D M Deamer, Penleys Grove Street, Monkgate, York.

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6:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

PlanetTea says...

I would have helped without a doubt.
I would have helped without a doubt. PlanetTea
  • Score: -2

7:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Seadog says...

Yes. Nice to see a non-judgemental reaction for once!
Yes. Nice to see a non-judgemental reaction for once! Seadog
  • Score: -2

11:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Shame on those for walking by? more like shame on the guy in the first place for getting so drunk he was unable to perform basic functions and knew eventually somebody else would accept responsibility for his welfare...
Shame on those for walking by? more like shame on the guy in the first place for getting so drunk he was unable to perform basic functions and knew eventually somebody else would accept responsibility for his welfare... Magicman!
  • Score: 4

8:35am Thu 31 Jul 14

julia brica says...

D M Deamers address gives us a clue to where the youth was found.
Have a wander around the Groves at any time of day or night and you will find similar instances. Sad situation ? I am afraid so.
D M Deamers address gives us a clue to where the youth was found. Have a wander around the Groves at any time of day or night and you will find similar instances. Sad situation ? I am afraid so. julia brica
  • Score: 2

8:45am Thu 31 Jul 14

aeb1234 says...

But you also walked past in the first instance? Maybe the others were doing the same...
But you also walked past in the first instance? Maybe the others were doing the same... aeb1234
  • Score: 7

10:33am Thu 31 Jul 14

Richard Catton says...

Put the idiot in a recovery position then leave him where he lays. And well done for bothering the emergency services and wasting valuable ambulance time on him.
Put the idiot in a recovery position then leave him where he lays. And well done for bothering the emergency services and wasting valuable ambulance time on him. Richard Catton
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Scorpio says...

If I stopped to help every drunk person in the street where I live I would never get home!
Try looking in North St gardens day or night and see what goes on there.
If people choose to drink/drug themselves into oblivion then tough! I will not risk the possible abuse - the police get paid to do that!
If I stopped to help every drunk person in the street where I live I would never get home! Try looking in North St gardens day or night and see what goes on there. If people choose to drink/drug themselves into oblivion then tough! I will not risk the possible abuse - the police get paid to do that! Scorpio
  • Score: 0

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