It’s a trite bromide to say that we live in an age where people are self-absorbed automatons residing within their own personal bubble of cellphones and earbuds. However, a profoundly dispiriting video coming out of New York City showed just how deep the problem has become.
According to the New York Post, the video was from the Bronx, where a woman got her head trapped in the doors of the New York subway’s 4 train.
The incident happened at Woodlawn at about 12:45 Tuesday afternoon. The unidentified woman had been rushing to get out of the train but didn’t make it.
Her presence wasn’t what caught people’s attention, though. Check out how many people walk by while her head is peeking out of the door:
Absolutely no one stops. Not a single soul tries to pry open the doors on the subway train to help this poor woman. Even a worker with New York’s MTA was seen passing the woman by, although authorities later said she had already spoken with the unfortunate straphanger to ensure her the problem was being fixed.
Now, it’s worth pointing out she was never in any danger: “While this is an unfortunate incident, the passenger was able to get out safely with assistance from our train operator,” MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco told the Post. “Because the doors were ajar, the train was never in danger of moving.”
However, the individual who filmed this put it on Instagram with the caption, “If you thought you were having a bad day just be glad this isn’t you but I’m just trying to figure out why everybody walking past like nothing is happening.”
That video had been viewed over 1.4 million times by Friday morning. It’s easy to see why.
It’s disheartening to see just where our society has gone. We walk right past someone stuck in a subway door, just assuming someone else will take care of it.
The extreme distress of this woman couldn’t get these people to stop; it was an inconvenience to them. One only hopes they never find themselves on the other end of this horrible situation.
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