On August 10, an old man fallen on street in Shanghai. He could not get up on himself and his face was covered by blood. Many people surrounded him but no one dared to offer help. This is because that there had been several cases when helpers got sued after they offered help. In at least one case, helper lost in court because the judge argued that he wouldn’t have offered help if it was not his fault.
People called 120 emergency line (similar to 911 in the USA), but were told that there was no ambulance to dispatch. A western girl got angry when she saw the helpless fallen old man. She offered help and even money and asked people to take the man to hospital.
Finally an ambulance arrived after half an hour and the old man was taken to hospital.