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16th Apr '17 6:52:48 PM Blazer
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E04Avalanche Avalanche]]'' Jonah and the Bots jeer a camera crew busy filming a rescue crew trying to rescue survivors of the titular disaster and not aiding them.
6th Apr '17 7:16:08 PM Jgamer
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* A major theme of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''. The reason that the villains can get away with what they're doing is because everyone accepts the tragedy and injustice as a fact of life and are either too afraid, unwilling, or apathetic to do anything but keep their head down and hope that they're not next or are actively contributing to the injustice because it's [[BeingGoodSucks easier than]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished being good]]. One of the main goals of the Phantom Thieves is to inspire everyone to shake out of this apathy.
25th Mar '17 3:30:21 PM eroock
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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 for this or are punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.

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Compare ApatheticCitizens. 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 for this or are punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.
19th Mar '17 8:13:11 PM Mdumas43073
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mGFs3dq-tU All's Quiet on West 23rd]]" by Julie Budd.

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mGFs3dq-tU All's Quiet on West 23rd]]" by Julie Budd.Budd, a rather obscure '60s tune inspired by the Kitty Genovese case.
19th Mar '17 8:11:39 PM Mdumas43073
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mGFs3dq-tU All's Quiet on West 23rd]]" by Julie Budd.
4th Feb '17 1:37:16 AM Takeshi80
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* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'': During their encounter at Fortree, Ruby states to Sapphire that he has no intention of helping defend Hoenn from Teams Magma and Aqua - his reasons being that [A] he's only in it for the Contests and [B] he isn't Hoenn born and raised. [[WhatTheHellHero Cue the fireworks.]]

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* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'': During their encounter at Fortree, Ruby states to Sapphire that he has no intention of helping defend Hoenn from Teams Magma and Aqua - his reasons being that [A] he's only in it for the Contests and [B] he isn't Hoenn born and raised. [[WhatTheHellHero Cue the fireworks.]]]] A similar case happens later in the DP chapter. Pearl urges Diamond to look the other way regarding Team Galactic's schemes, saying that [[SomebodyElsesProblem escorting Platinum to Mt. Coronet should be their only concern]]. Dia stands his ground and reasons that he can't just [[ChronicHeroSyndrome ignore somebody evil running around]].
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.
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