Call it another unfortunate sign of the times.
Someone needs help and instead of providing it, the people around them either ignore the situation or make the bad situation worse.
The latter is exactly what happened to one man after he left a bar recently.
Surveillance video shows 38 year old Sergio Palacios staggering about after leaving a bar in Port Chester,NY.
The events after that are disturbing.
Countless bystanders are around and while some just see a man who had way too much to drink, others see an opportunity to rob a helpless victim.
“People are rifling through his pockets looking for valuables. At one point he has a watch on; then he doesn’t have it. Maybe after the first or second attempt there was no more to steal,” Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krezeminski said.
One passer-by even takes his belt. Another removes his shoes in an attempt to see if money is stashed in his socks. Neighbors said it isn’t unusual; just rarely caught on camera.
“It’s not uncommon to find people drunk under cars rolled for their money. It’s quite common,” resident George Bolger said.
Palacios remained on the sidewalk until 6 a.m before staggering to the backdoor of homeowner Sean A. McNerney's house.
It was McNerney's surveillance footage that captured the ugly incident but at the time Palacios was at his backdoor, he had police take him away.
He said at first he was happy to see the drunk hauled away in handcuffs, but then he watched the video.
“I definitely feel bad for the man. This guy was so badly taken advantage of, it’s disgusting,” McNerney said.
Police said Wednesday the trespassing charge may be dropped and some of the folks in the video may have legal problems of their own very soon. Source