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German Bank Customers Face Jail Time For Ignoring Dying Man

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

After failing to seek help for a man who laid unconscious outside of a bank terminal in the German town of Essen, at least four individuals are being investigated by police, each facing up to a year in jail, after bank cameras captured the event.

Germany is known for having some unconventional laws, and while some of them can be easily laughed off, this is one that should just be common practice. Under this law, anyone who is qualified, yet fails to assist in an emergency, can face punishments of a fine and up to one year in prison.

In this recent case, the four people captured on camera were seen walking past, or in at least one case walking over, the man who laid without assistance for 20 minutes.

After finally being rushed to the hospital, the 82-year-old never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead several days later.

Sources: Daily Mail

Photo: Gregor Fischer [Flickr]

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