My understanding from the article is that the passengers were expecting the police to get on as they got off, because the driver had been told what was going on, was watching it on cctv and had wired ahead to the next station for police help.
Even so, I really don't understand why no one intervened. If we all waited for police or emergency services, how many people would be dead now from situations like this and accidents?
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:38 AM
Unfortunately what happened was the bystander effect, everyone on the carriage was expecting everyone else on the carriage to do something about it, when no-one did anything, they interpreted the beating as not being serious enough to intervene.
The scariest aspect is that a lot of the passengers wouldn't have noticed it going on at all, it isn't polite to stare or watch other people, so in a packed carriage everyone's going to keep themselves to themselves and not look. The amount of times I've been in a pub and a fight breaks out between two people, every time I've heard someone scold another for watching.
Of course, this doesn't happen every time an event such as this takes place, but it happens enough for it to become a phenomenon.
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