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10th Jan '17 3:30:33 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** A similar situation plays out in ''Film/Silverado''. Paden agrees to stay out of it when Cobb tells him he's going after Emmett. When the guys Cobb works for kidnap Emmett's nephew, Paden can't sit by.

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** A similar situation plays out in ''Film/Silverado''.''Film/{{Silverado}}''. Paden agrees to stay out of it when Cobb tells him he's going after Emmett. When the guys Cobb works for kidnap Emmett's nephew, Paden can't sit by.
6th Jan '17 7:51:13 AM CaptEquinox
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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often-used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he would get thrown into jail if he didn't.

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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often-used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. The story we've all heard about the "38 who stood and watched" is folklore.[[note]]In fact, no one saw Kitty's rape and murder because it happened in a corridor: and several ''did'' call police -- ''who blew off the call!'' Massive reforms in police response followed.[[/note]] Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he would get thrown into jail if he didn't.
4th Jan '17 10:10:21 AM Lloigor
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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he would get thrown into jail if he didn't.

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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often used, often-used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he would get thrown into jail if he didn't.
4th Jan '17 10:07:25 AM Lloigor
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** Averted in the film adaptations, where he let the burglar to get even with a jerkass manager/clerk.

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** Averted in the film adaptations, where he let the burglar go to get even with a jerkass manager/clerk.
28th Dec '16 7:14:12 AM Az_Tech341
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''[all the pelicans murmur and nod but do nothing]''\\

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''[all the pelicans murmur and nod but do nothing]''\\nod]''\\



May overlap with CityOfWeirdos. When authorities are cursed with this, see AdultsAreUseless, ThereAreNoTherapists, and PoliceAreUseless. See also AllPowerfulBystander and SocialMediaBeforeReason. Contrast SamaritanSyndrome, wherein people in authority ''aren't'' cursed with this and it drives them nuts, and WhoWillBellTheCat, where they are deeply concerned until the onus is put on them. If someone with this view is pushing it onto others, it becomes NotYourProblem as well. If they get called out of this or is punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.

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May overlap with CityOfWeirdos. When authorities are cursed with this, see AdultsAreUseless, ThereAreNoTherapists, and PoliceAreUseless. See also AllPowerfulBystander and SocialMediaBeforeReason. Contrast SamaritanSyndrome, wherein people in authority ''aren't'' cursed with this and it drives them nuts, and WhoWillBellTheCat, where they are deeply concerned until the onus is put on them. If someone with this view is pushing it onto others, it becomes NotYourProblem as well. If they get called out of for this or is are punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.
26th Dec '16 2:14:51 PM MiddleEighth
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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', the G'heddi'onians and their guards appear to feel that the marauding hordes of the Black Tower and the impending death of the Pyar gods are Somebody Else's Problem—that is, these problems are there for the outworlders to fix.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', the G'heddi'onians and their guards appear to feel that the marauding hordes of the Black Tower and the impending death of the Pyar gods are Somebody Else's Problem—that is, these problems are there for the outworlders to fix. The four really resent being asked to do things that logically the city guards should have done (e.g., rescue a kidnapped baby), and eventually get to the point where they themselves feel that these things are Somebody Else's Problem.
26th Dec '16 2:13:42 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', the G'heddi'onians and their guards appear to feel that the marauding hordes of the Black Tower and the impending death of the Pyar gods are Somebody Else's Problem—that is, these problems are there for the outworlders to fix.
12th Dec '16 3:43:53 PM SpockHeavy
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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that one of the core tenets of his school of swordsmanship is that its practitioners shouldn't get involved in other people's lives due to the tendency of [[OneManArmy absurdly skilled warriors]] to singlehandedly influence the course of history, especially during times of political unrest.
11th Dec '16 6:12:21 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not because he's concerned about you, but because he doesn't wants to get thrown into jail.

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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he doesn't wants to would get thrown into jail.
jail if he didn't.
3rd Dec '16 8:28:31 PM RavenWilder
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May overlap with CityOfWeirdos. When authorities are cursed with this, see AdultsAreUseless, ThereAreNoTherapists, and PoliceAreUseless. See also SocialMediaBeforeReason. Contrast SamaritanSyndrome, wherein people in authority ''aren't'' cursed with this and it drives them nuts, and WhoWillBellTheCat, where they are deeply concerned until the onus is put on them. If someone with this view is pushing it onto others, it becomes NotYourProblem as well. If they get called out of this or is punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.

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May overlap with CityOfWeirdos. When authorities are cursed with this, see AdultsAreUseless, ThereAreNoTherapists, and PoliceAreUseless. See also AllPowerfulBystander and SocialMediaBeforeReason. Contrast SamaritanSyndrome, wherein people in authority ''aren't'' cursed with this and it drives them nuts, and WhoWillBellTheCat, where they are deeply concerned until the onus is put on them. If someone with this view is pushing it onto others, it becomes NotYourProblem as well. If they get called out of this or is punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.
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