A Chinese woman has been widely criticized in the media after photos from a CCTV camera showed she was playing with a smartphone while her kid drowned just a few meters away.
Both mother and child were in a shallow swimming pool when the traumatic incident occurred.
As can be seen in the picture above, another woman witnessed the drowning incident but failed to call this phone addict to action.
Such behaviors are common among the citizenry as some people would prefer to watch and make video recordings while someone dies, gets mugged or suffers an attack.
While a lot of people think “selfishness” and “wickedness” are a part of modernization, there are still a few citizens who push themselves beyond limits to help others.
The surveillance footage from a theme park in Xianyang, Shaanxi province, shows an unsuspecting mother using a smartphone while her beloved kid splashed around, seeking help until he drowned.
Worse still, it appeared as if no one noticed what had happened until about 30 minutes later when the mother looked around but realized her kid was no longer there.
Unfortunately, the unsuspecting mother started looking for her child but went the wrong way. And everyone acted like no one knew what had happened, including that first woman in the picture who must have left the pool immediately without drawing attention.
This unforgivable negligence has attracted condemnation from citizens, but would it be right to put the blame on her?
According to media reports, the mournful mother called in some resort workers for help.
Her child was finally found at the bottom of the pool but it was already too late. The CCTV camera showed he struggled to stay alive but died within 3 minutes.
Just last December, a Texas-based couple threatened to sue Apple after their 5-year-old daughter died in a crash involving a 22-year-old driver who was using FaceTime on wheels.
The bereaved parents, James and Bethany Modisette, claim Tim Cook’s company should have warned users that “the product was likely to be dangerous when used or misused in a reasonably foreseeable manner.”