Tuesday, July 23, 2013

An Island Of Superhumans...

Saw this story and it gave me pause...

Pushy train passengers free woman stuck in gap
TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimeter (eight-inch) gap between the train and platform during the busy morning rush hour Monday.
The act of heroism was captured by a newspaper photographer, whose photo of the rescue ran in the Yomiuri daily's evening edition.
Apparently the train is designed to have a bit of lean to it, and there were sufficient passengers present to help "lean" the train back far enough to allow the woman to wriggle free. The train was only 8 minutes late, too - that's efficiency right there. There's a few reasons this story could never have happened here in America - folks are too self-absorbed, for one; I just don't see a large group of strangers banding together to move a train. Also, the liability aspect - there's no way the (union) train officials would allow a group of regular folks (read: non-union) to even think about approaching the train.

And lastly, no American could fit in an 8" gap...

That is all.

6 comments:

KevinC said...

Speaking as a foreigner to this country, I respectfully disagree on one point. Yes, Americans WOULD jump in an help someone trapped in the same situation here in the states. In fact, the problem would be controlling the crowd wanting to help, not rounding up volunteers. You all are most generous, most eager-to-help country on the planet.

As to your other point, you're right: No American could fit in the 8" gap in the first place. :)

Amiable Dorsai said...

Snarky last point aside, crowds in the US lift automobiles off of trapped people with some regularity here.

Not the same as a train, I admit, but most people, most places, will do the right thing if they know what the right thing is.

Dave H said...

A few Americans can fit in an 8" gap. Look up Jessica McClure.

And union or not, train operators aren't going to try to stand in the way of a mob trying to help.

Jay G said...

Guess I should have tagged this as "Half-assed humor", eh?

Dave H said...

It's not your fault I don't have a sense of humor, Jay.

Robert said...

My Mother-in-law (Japanese) had the same thing happen to her many years ago. Her hip is still messed up because of it.