What is it the internet loves about screwing with people in elevators?
Set to blow up right now is the incredibly thought-provoking “Elevator Murder Experiment” uploaded by the YouTube account “BeatriceRevenge.”
The description of the video reads “What would you do if you walked into a murder in progress? Two guys asked themselves the same question and staged a murder-in-progress inside a New York City elevator.”
The result is a mixed bag of responses from interveners to those who skulk away quietly. Some attack, some scream, and one guy (who people are unfairly deriding in the comments) pulled out his smartphone and began recording the attack (1:36 mark). To me, this is the smartest guy of the group because not only does he not know what sort of situation he is getting himself into, but also a video of the attack provides A.) a deterrent for a would-be murderer to actually kill someone on camera and B.) video evidence in court if he did follow through with the act. No, the people that disgust me are the ones who sneak off. If I were pulling this prank, I wouldn’t even tell them it was fake. I would let them go away and think for the rest of their lives that a human being was in peril and they did nothing.
On the “spectator” side, I don’t know what I would do in this situation — I don’t think anybody does. Of course everyone says they’d throw a boot to the attacker’s face, but, well, so far the evidence is stacked against that notion.
I just hope 911 wasn’t tied up even a little bit over this “experiment” because that would be the real tragedy.