Aibu - if you saw someone fall over would you go and help them up or would you leave them?

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HepzibahFlurge Thu 28-Mar-13 15:12:36

I have bone cancer in my entire left leg and have difficulty walking but love taking my dog out onto a field behind my flat. I Usually let her off the lead to run after a ball which she loves but I know that if my dog is off the lead and sees another dog she will run to it to try and play. Therefore if I see another dog I will automatically put mine back on the lead as there is no way I can run after her. She is a well behaved dog on the lead and has been to training classes.

The other day out walking I saw a couple with a puppy off the lead. Straight away I put my dog on the lead. The puppy came running over and started pestering mine. We had been out for a while so I decided to go home. Their dog followed me and still kept pestering after mine. The puppy's owners kept calling her to come to them (which she ignored) but didn't come over and take her away

I went to turn to put my poo bag in the bin as my dog pulled on the lead in the opposite direction. This caught me by surprise and I fell over flat on my face into a pool of mud. This is the first time my dog has ever done this to me

The fall was heavy and winded me and I started to cry. What upset me even more was that still the couple did not put their dog on the lead and worse didn't come over to help me out of the mud and just stood and laughed. I begged for help to get up as I couldn't get up but they ignored me. Luckily I fell on my non -cancer leg as could have done myself serious damage. At this stage I was lying on the ground with my dog sat next to me and their puppy jumping on me.

Luckily my mum had arrived to visit me and ran to the field and helped me up. She got hold of my dog and the other couples and shouted 'Come and get your dog'. Eventually they came over but with no questions about how I was and no offers of help. They took their dog and walked off (Still with it off the lead). I went home and cried as I was shocked by the fall

Both me and my mum were shocked that people would not help a person up when they fell over. I know it was my dog which made me fall so will need to think about where I walk her in future for my safety

Would you help someone up who fell over? or would you leave them and laugh?

limitedperiodonly Thu 28-Mar-13 18:12:54

Mind you, my friend was mugged in Victoria at 3pm and was crying in the street and everyone ignored her.

Maybe some people have watched too many films like The Silence Of The Lambs where the distressed person is really trying to kidnap them and skin them alive.

Why you'd feel threatened when it's broad daylight or crowded and all you have to do it call over: 'Are you okay?' I don't know.

That doesn't explain your twats OP, who just sound weird, but maybe it explains some other twats.

ZZZenEggain Thu 28-Mar-13 18:14:08

how old were these people?

BathTangle Thu 28-Mar-13 18:14:16

George Clooney would!

Seriously, a girl I worked with in London slipped over while crossing a road close to our office, dropping all her shopping bags. A bloke came rushing over, picked up her shopping and helped to get her safely to the pavement. She finally looked up to thank him and realised that it was George Clooney! (He was staying in a well-known hotel round the corner). He rushed off before she could say a proper thank you.

Moominsarehippos Thu 28-Mar-13 18:17:36

How horrible. I can't believe how shitty some people are. Hope they find themselves in a similar situation (I'm imagining them falling down a well) and see how it feels. Hopefully, they will be sniggeringly telling the story and see a whole room of shock angry shock angry shock angry shock angry

xigris Thu 28-Mar-13 18:19:16

Bath no way!! That's a brilliant story! Good old George, gorgeous on the outside and on the inside! grin

BathTangle Thu 28-Mar-13 18:22:50

It was so sweet - the girl was just mortified that she hadn't been able to thank him properly - English is not her first language and although usually totally fluent, all her English deserted her when faced with gorgeous George!

limitedperiodonly Thu 28-Mar-13 18:23:56

bath there was a really good story about Dustin Hoffman rescuing someone in London recently. He played it down on the Graham Norton Show.

I probably would prefer to be dusted down by Dustin Hoffman in his prime than George Clooney only because there would be an outside chance that Dustin might have asked me out for a drink.

Though I thoroughly approve of Hollywood stars of whatever persuasion helping clumsy Londoners.

gingeme Thu 28-Mar-13 18:37:24

Yes I would have picked you up and given the ignorant bastards a piece of my mind too. angry.
I hate stupid people like that.
Hope you have now recovered and your leg is on the mend soon smile

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 28-Mar-13 18:39:48

That's truly shocking and extremely sad! Thank god for your mum turning up, that really is cruel. Like others have said, I really hope a karma comes back to bite them!

I pulled over in my car to help someone who had fallen once. I've also stopped with an old lady who fell until the ambulance arrived. No way could I ever walk on by!

When I fell whilst running though and injured my leg quite badly, a mans dog came to see me but he didn't botherhmm I had the car too so DH was unable to come bad rescue me. I had to run/walk/hobble t the car and get myself home.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 28-Mar-13 19:04:14

Yes I would

Old lady on my street thought she was being burgled in the middle of the night, she was shouting in the street for help. Plenty of curtain twitchers but no bastard helped her except me. I left it a very short while before going as I'm not exactly built for fighting burglars!!
Really shocked me how no one went to help

scottishmummy Thu 28-Mar-13 19:07:30

Oh gosh,sorry you had a fall hope you ok
Of course I'd assist you,and I would telephone anyone you needed too
Dont be disheartened not all folks are so inconsiderate

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