Less than an hour ago Rob and I went and grabbed a late lunch at Moe's. As we are eating our food we notice this girl walk back and forth in front of the window about 3 times. All at once a table of older teenagers hopped up and ran towards the door. As did my husband. I turned around in time to see what appeared to be a fight. About a minute later my husband came back in and had his phone out to call the police. He witnessed a man holding a woman by her wrists (the same woman that was walking back and forth). Told the man to let go of the woman. She walked away, came back and hit the guy on the head. Essentially it was a dispute of some kind.
Rob called the police. Told them what he saw and then we carried on with our meal.
What dumbfounded both him and me... was that nobody was going to step in and stop the dispute. Obviously there is no telling what actually happened (one of the Moe's employees stated he saw the woman start the fight by throwing a cup of water on the guy) and I'm not going to speculate on who was or wasn't at fault. But a crowd of teenage boys rushed to the window... to watch. The Moe's employee was out there doing something... but just watched. It was my husband that stepped in and told the guy to let go of the woman. My husband that called the police. My husband was the only person to step in and break the fight up.
Since when are we a society where we just sit back and watch stuff like that go down and don't step in to help? Since when is it okay to just be a bystander when you see a domestic dispute like that?
Do we wait until it gets worse and someone is seriously hurt? Do we wait until help is asked for? Even then do we do anything?
Come on people.. I'd like to think better, of everyone.
(On another note.. it took the police 20 minutes to respond to the mall of all places... thank goodness it didn't escalate any more. Something wrong with that picture!)