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Its official!! Russell Brand is a nice guy. He fell for this GMTV good samaritan stunt!

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wintera Sat 04-Oct-08 14:15:39

Did anyone else see this? Last week GMTV set up various situations of people in distress to see if anyone would come to their aid. Here are the results, you can watch the footage here -

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Sat 04-Oct-08 14:17:42

It made me very sad that 100s of people walked past 2 separate children in Bluewater who were in distress because I guess they were too scared to go up to them and ask if they were okay. The children were acting and it was to make a point. Very sad.

compo Sat 04-Oct-08 14:20:28

what number did that Boyzone song get to does anyone know?

wintera Sat 04-Oct-08 14:27:36

I also find it very sad about people not helping children but I can see why they don't. My husband Mark, feels like he would never be able to help a child in the street. One day we were in our local Asda and a young girl was crying in the aisle, she had obviously lost her Mum. Mark spotted her first but came and got me as he said he couldn't approach her in case someone got the wrong idea. A few minutes later the Mum appeared in a state and the situation was sorted but I have never forgotten it and it makes me so sad to think that my Husband, who is a really loving and wonderful Dad to our daughter, felt like he couldn't get involved at all.

ShyBaby Sat 04-Oct-08 14:34:49

I was in the supermarket once (toy aisle) and saw a little boy (about 3) very distressed and looking around as if he was lost. I kept my distance but watched him for a while, no sign of any parents anywhere.

After about 5 mins I walked over to him and said "are you lost sweetheart?" Thinking I would take him to customer services.

A whole family at this point raced around the corner and his mother snatched him right away from me snarling "we KNEW where he was, we sent him to look at the toys" shock

I had my own ds with me at the time and wished i'd never bothered, but what do you do? I couldn't stand there all day watching out for him and didn't want to leave him there crying.

MadamAnt Sat 04-Oct-08 14:40:18

Oh darling Russell. I do wonder if he thought it was an opportunity to get his end away though wink

I'm genuinely shocked that no one stopped to help the little girl though sad Can everyone not just have a word with their DH/DPs and let them know that they should go and help? It wouldn't occur to my DH that people might think he was a weirdo.

ProfYaffle Sat 04-Oct-08 14:41:47

Hmmm, Russell Brand falling over himself to help a young, pretty, blonde lady, that's not too surprising is it?

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Sat 04-Oct-08 14:42:49

I think an adult should always approach a child needing help and if they are questioned, well they can take it. Better that than leaving a child in distress.

edam Sat 04-Oct-08 14:43:05

That's just changed my opinion of Russell Brand.

I once fainted on the street in Camden. Nice waitress from a cafe came running out, picked me up, talked soothingly and sat me down with a pot of tea. I was VERY grateful. I see plenty of muggings round there, just sheer luck the nice woman got to me before someone half-inched my bag.

wintera Sat 04-Oct-08 14:47:30

Oh thats terrible. Bunch of bastards! You were only trying to help!

I remember my nephew going missing once when I was shopping with my sister. We were packing the bags up and he was sat on one of those rides they always have in supermarkets. It was right near the till we were at. He was there for ages waiting for one of us to put the 50p in and then suddenly he was gone. Just like that. I have never been so scared in all my life. We searched all round the supermarket but couldn't find him. Then we went outside and he was with 2 old ladies who were looking after him as he was in tears! We were so relieved and thankful to these ladies. He got a big ice cream after that to help him get over the ordeal! God that was when he was about 3, he is now 15!!

wintera Sat 04-Oct-08 14:49:18

Sorry, that reply was to Shybaby. I wasn't calling any of you a bunch of bastards!!!!!

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 14:51:52

god look at that funny look he gives
love it

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 14:52:29

ooh and oyu get boyzone gryating afterwards free

its like a yougn mayan bogof

Carmenere Sat 04-Oct-08 14:58:23

Am I the only cynic who thinks that there is a tiny chance that that was a bit unlikely?

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 14:59:03

as if.


NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 15:00:20

i do think though that doing this in london awas tupid.
when DH lost ds3 for 20 minutes( rememebr? was foudn outside a tatoo shop!)
the WHOle town stopped to help!
the car park was shut, they did the store to streo cb radio thing.
a phlanx of dads stood at all exits of the shopping mall.
was fabbo.

BreevandercampLGJ Sat 04-Oct-08 15:02:02

God I remember that, I have been here tooooo long.

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 15:02:28

i htink salis consab reemmber it too.
friggin nora
myst be a year now.

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 15:02:57

no knowing ds3 as we do we thnk it was Entiretly Appropriate he was outside the tattoo gaff

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Sat 04-Oct-08 15:07:13

Unlike in ToysRUs a few months ago when I told a staff member I had lost my little boy and he looked blankly at me before walking off.

Two weeks ago I lost DS2 in there again but a staff member who had already helped me find something stayed with DD while I looked for him. DS1 ran towards me, refusing to stay with her, cue more stress!

wintera Sat 04-Oct-08 15:12:27

Re - Carmenere, years ago I would have thought the same but then I remember things like that episode of Dead Ringers when John Culshaw was dressed as Ozzy Osborne and was serving customers in a chemist and out of the blue Elvis Costello walked in to buy toothpaste or something. I also once saw something on Richard and Judy where Mike Maclean was interviewing people inside Forbidden Planet and Jonathan Ross walked in to buy comics!

I regularly listen to Jonathan Ross's Saturday radio show and he quite often mentions seeing Russell Brand being ferried about in a limo all over London so its probably just a coincidence. Although I do think it helped that she was a young pretty blonde woman!! wink

PinkTulips Sat 04-Oct-08 15:19:10

dd ran off in dunnes a few months back.

i went into the changing room to try something on and left the kids with dp, dd went round the corner of an aisle and when he got to where she'd been she was gone (massive thanks btw to the fat cow who stood in his way for 30 seconds looking at him blankly as he asked repeatedly to get past so he could catch his 3 year old daughter hmm)

by the time i came out of the changing room he'd been frantically searching for about 10 mins, the shop has 3 huge entrances out onto busy streets, non gaurded.

i ran straight to the customer information desk to get it called out (why can't men think of these things?) but just as i got there he rang from the food hall to say he'd found her wandering around in there.

10 minutes and not one person thought it was odd that a 3 year old (and a tiny 3 at that) was wandering around by herself! angry

Tigerschick Sat 04-Oct-08 15:23:07

I'm not going to be cynical ... I always knew I was right to like Russel Brand grin

It is sad tho, the state of things. I remember taking a year 1 class for PSHE once when I was on supply. The work sheet was about what to do if you got lost when in a busy place. The children were being told to ask either a policeman/woman, to go into a shop and speak to the person behind the counter, or to speak to a lady who had children with her ... and not to speak to anyone else. Not even a man with children.

wintera Sat 04-Oct-08 15:37:11

I have never been a Boyzone fan but that song is bloody fab!!

edam Sat 04-Oct-08 16:04:27

Tigerschick, that's what my mother told me back in the 70s and what I've told ds.

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