What’s a good Samaritan to do?
Values–we all have them for better or worse. But are some more important than others? Surely. What would you do if you happened across a 2-year-old toddler in the middle of a busy street with no parent in sight? A good Samaritan would rescue the child and expect no material return. Right? Of course but . . .
What if the mother of the child chanced upon you just as you put the child on a nearby sidewalk and loudly proclaimed that you were molesting the toddler. In fact, momma dear dials 911 and ask the operator to dispatch a policeman.
So being a good Samaritan is not so cool, is it?
Suppose an incident like this or worse, a “victim” who you assist sets you up for a fall or financial extortion, say, you are backing your auto out of a parking lot and the “victim” claims you hit him. And, suppose these kind of incidents are widespread in your community. What can or should you do to protect yourself? The most obvious answer is to not be a good Samaritan?
One more suppose–suppose the community leaders believe that the best way to turn you into a good Samaritan is to provide you with a monetary incentive for acting good–perhaps a reward of $100-$500 depending on the specific incident.
What say ye? Is this a prudent solution?
This story is not as far-fetched as it might seem. It seems that China today is especially challenged with flagrant claims that have motivated people to turn their head when witnessing a potential or real injury to another. And, there is lively debate about offering material rewards to those who would be good Samaritans.
Check out the story of Yue Yue, the 2-year-old child that was run over by several vehicles, an incident witnessed by more than a dozen bystanders who simply walked away for fear of being blamed or sued. Simply Google Yue Yue for the story.
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