An accident in which 35-year-old IBM manager Liang Ya fell and died by a subway entrance generated heated discussions about whether to help when someone falls, and if people will act as a Good Samaritan in China, according to the Shenzhen Evening News.
Reporters from the agency ran a test later that day at two spots in Shenzhen to see if anyone offered to help and how long it took.
One female reporter said that seven minutes after she pretended to fall, she heard a man calling the police. He said: “If there is a surveillance camera on, then I will help her.” She estimated that about 40 people passed by, but only three called the police and one dared to help her up.
In the second attempt at another spot, it took only four minutes for a man and his friend to offer help to the reporter.
For the numerous people who fall over on the street in China, how many are as fortunate as the two reporters who received help within minutes? For those being helped, how many are kind-hearted enough not to falsely charge the one who helps them into paying their medical expenses. Our ancestors once said: “Man at birth is fundamentally good in nature.” Then why is it so difficult to be a good person in China nowadays? What has gone wrong?