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Pickpocket Saves Victim's Life


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Security camera footage from the Metro, the public light rail service in Paris, shows a crime and an act of kindness in rapid succession.

One man, who is very intoxicated, has passed out while waiting for a train to arrive. A pickpocket robs him, then wanders off. The victim, apparently unaware of what's happened to him, stands up and staggers forward, falling onto the train tracks.

The train stops to drop off and pick up passengers. The train hasn't hit the fallen man yet, but it will run right over him as soon as it starts up again. So the pickpocket alerts passersby and together they haul the victim safely off the tracks.

Why did he do it? Police officer Emmanuelle Oster told The Local that people are a mix of good and evil:

"Inside every thief there’s a human being, and in every innocent bystander there could be a bastard.”

-via Lost at E Minor


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As Ted says, the original video is much longer. It contains tediously a commentary by a police officer (the one quoted), who interrupts the footage many times to share her thoughts.
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You're watching a video of the monitor itself, which is playing back a recorded copy of the footage - complete with blurring of the pickpocket's face. The fingers are of a person pointing at the monitor. The zooming is probably that same person zooming in on the playback on the monitor.

Seems like the police officer was calling the guy who watched the dude fall and then calmly walked away, the "bastard." He did nothing to help.
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