*There are several names alotted to the behavior of people…groups of people…who see something bad happening to someone else; someone who is helpless, and they just turn their heads away and decide to do nothing. This was the fate of a Chicago man named Marques Gaines, 32, who was three times a victim: the first time when some thug happened upon him as he left a 7-Eleven store shortly after 4 a.m., and knocked him out cold and left him lying in the street. Secondly, when people came to and fro to look, then kept walking without the slightest decency to do anything; and finally, when a taxi swirled around the corner and ran over him.
Those in the field of psychology and social science attempt to classify this inhumane tendancy that people can choose to exhibit using terms like “Civil Inattention,” “The Bystander Effect” or “Bystander Apathy.”
But I just call it eff’d up.
Folks, we’ve got to do better. Much better.
Reports are laying blame on the people of Chicago, because this particular incident occurred there. And yes, anyone in that vicinity at the time this crime occurred; anyone who witnessed this helpless man in the street and decided this was the time to mind their own business should feel like sh*t now and for the rest of their days.
You saw this unfortunate circumstance and did absolutely NOTHING about it. And you could have.
But the fault doesn’t lie solely with the people of Chicago. We all have blood on our hands. We have become a society insensitive to the horrific. We now see it as entertainment; something to gawk at, gossip about and move on to the next ghastly thing.
This poor, unfortunate soul COULD HAVE BEEN ANY OF US. And that is the thought that should go through our head when we see shit like this happening!
Marques was described as a friendly cocktail server who worked at Marriott Magnificent Mile. After his shift on February 7, 2016, he met up with some friends at Mother Hubbard’s, then stopped in at 7-Eleven at the corner of Hubbard and State to grab a bag of chips.
Some thugish piece of manure, who happened to be having words with the store’s security guard, saw Gaines and immediately penned him as the new target. He cold-cocked the unsuspecting man who tried his best to get away; using the only thing he had at his disposal as a weapon — the bag of chips, which he threw …to no avail.
Not only did no one step up to even pull him out of the street, as he lay there two lowlifes then ran up and stole his wallet and cellphone .
“I’ve never heard of anything like this where people just walk by a person lying in the street and nobody help,” said Gaines’ aunt, Phyllis Nelson, who raised him.
But they’re out there. Try googling the term Bystander Effect and see for yourself.
What we have here is two conflicting rules,” explains a psychologist in one study out of England. “One is the rule we ought to help. And the other is the rule that we ought to do what everybody else is doing. And here you have effectively a group of strangers who are exerting the pressure not to intervene, not to help, and it’s very difficult to rebel. The rule is not to get involved.”
To get involved is to risk. And we are increasingly risk-averse. We’re a litigious society now, a society run by bureaucrats, a culture where the bureaucrat has become the hero, and it’s all handed over to lawyers who, like the psychologists, serve as the priests of modern scientific rationalism.
The family of Margues Gaines, Phyllis Nelson in particular as administrator of his estate, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming 7-Eleven, Inc., Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 7-Eleven Store #33363, Chicago Taxi, Inc., Globe Taxi Association, Inc. and Mehdi SeyftolooI as defendants.
“I just don’t understand people today,” said Nelson, who raised Margues after his mother died when he was 10. “I don’t understand why people don’t get more involved in what’s going on around them. If you see a person lying in the road — if I had seen a person lying in the road, at least I’d have tried to stop the cars. At least try and stop the cars from coming.”
Any decent person would have.
Even the 7-Eleven security guard turned a blind eye. A point made in the lawsuit filed by Nelson and her family.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family with burial expenses. They need approximately $3K more as of this date to hit their mark. Please give what you can.
WARNING: Below is actual footage of the events leading up to the merciless death of Marques Gaines.