bothered by bystanders
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday afternoon we were going to Wendy's to meet them for lunch and pick up the kids who had been staying with them all weekend. When we were pulling into the service road towards Wendy's parking lot I heard the wail of an ambulance siren coming up behind us. There are a few hotels and other restaurants on this road so we really weren't too concerned about where it was going after it passed us.
Much to our shock it too pulled into the Wendy's as we followed in behind it. Now my kids and in laws are already there waiting on us so of course I'm thinking the worse. The ambulance guys hopped out as a fire/para-rescue engine arrived and they too filed into the building.
We walked in and quickly spotted our kids and my wifes' Mom-n-Dad sitting in the corner - thank God they're ok. However there is a woman about early-mid 50's lying motionless on the floor. Paramedics have her surrounded and are taking vitals and attending to her.
Now the part that really bothered me. As I stood there amazed at the 6-7 firemen and paramedics there, the rest of the establishment was acting like nothing was happening!!! Everyone else was sitting there just gulping down a burger and sipping on a Coke like nothing was happening. The staff were ringing up customers and making food as if they were oblivious of the woman lying motionless on the floor and rescue teams working on the poor lady while an ambulance and fire truck were flashing lights in their entranceway/parking lot.
I guess that I find it shocking that the people in there that afternoon just treated the scenario like it wasn't even happening. I know life shouldn't stop but sitting there munching down a greasy burger-n-fry while a woman is half dead 5-10' away from you and be so unconcerned about it?!?! I just stood there amazed at how numb we are becoming in society. Not that I could have helped in any way and the responders were VERY professional in their actions, but I cant see acting like it isn't happening before my eyes... troubling...