THIS MORNING ON THE tv ‘news’ I watched as a robber attacked a woman at an ATM.
That happens all the time, but this time was different.
This time there was another woman making a transaction at the adjacent ATM.
If you are looking for a Good Samaritan to come to the aid of the elderly woman being robbed,
The woman at the adjacent ATM moved out of the way as the robber and the senior struggled. When the tussle moved away, the woman calmly returned to her ATM to finish her transaction, not even bothering to look at the woman being attacked.
- Florida law states that a person witnessing a crime must call 9-1-1. The law does not require the witness to DO anything.
By all accounts, the witness did nothing — except calmly finish her ATM transaction. The entire event was caught on video,
The victim, the robber, and the witness all were black. In itself that is irrelevant; however, it does explain why there is so much black-on-black crime that goes unsolved. There are too many John Banners* who see nothing and know nothing.
Let’s consider what the witness might have done.
- Run away from the ATM and yell for help.
Call 9-1-1; apparently everyone has a cell phone these days.
The robber was a large man and the witness was small in stature, so while some people might risk life and limb by jumping on the attacker’s back to help the victim defend herself, the witness simply ignored the ruckus going on next to her.
The robber was fortunate that there was no one in the vicinity with a concealed carry permit … or even a person with an illegal gun or knife, of which there are too many — who very likely would have come to the victim’s assistance.
- Florida leads the nation in concealed weapons permits with 1,602,154 licenses; Texas comes in a distant second with only 925,000 licenses. (Texas has open carry, but a person must have a concealed carry license for open carry.)
It’s one thing to deny knowledge of a crime’s perpetrator a la John Brenner’s tv character, but to stand, watch a crime on a person and do nothing is abhorrent.
The witness showed no fear in the video — her actions strictly were: I’m not involved — not my problem.
It’s a sad day for America and Americans.
* The late John Banner (died 1973) played Sgt. Schultz on the long-running Hogan’s Heroes tv sitcom.
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