Bystanders too busy taking video to help couple overdosing on a sidewalk

While a couple laid on a Memphis sidewalk passed out and possibly dying from drug overdoses, a small crowd of bystanders shockingly stood idly by laughing and taking cell phone videos instead of moving to help the distressed pair.

The couple–both passed out–were found lying on a sidewalk outside a Memphis, Tennessee, Walgreens. The male was lying with his face upwards but his back arched awkwardly over a metal pole and the woman was seen lying face down. Both were treated as entertainment by half a dozen people with their cell phones out.

The most prominent video was made by one Courtland Garner who uploaded the video to his Facebook page.

Unleashing a foul-mouthed commentary, Garner can be heard hooting and hollering like a fool over the couple’s drug overdoses.

But none of the bystanders seemed interested in trying to help the stricken couple lying helpless on the street.

Police later said that a person driving by called them to help. It was later determined the pair had become insensible due to snorting cocaine.

When WREG TV asked Garner why he stood there gawking and laughing like a hyena instead of helping, he insisted it wasn’t his business to help anyone. On the contrary he insisted that his act of videoing the scene instead of helping was actually a positive thing.

“What they were doing was children things. It was a spectacle. It made me laugh. They can help themselves,” Garner said. “I know for a fact all the kids are on social media, and when kids see that video, you know what they are going to say? ‘I don’t want to look stupid like that — I don’t want to do those drugs.'”


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