In light of the past couple weeks of GOP debate videos in which faceless strangers hidden in the shadows scream nightmare things about people dying, it is nice to have a reminder that there are still decent strangers in this world as well. I mean, duh, no doy, OF COURSE THERE ARE. But they have been relatively quiet as of late while the Garbage Creeps have been particularly vocal. (I was talking to a friend yesterday about these GOP debate video things, and one point that no one has really made, which is probably one of the more disturbing points about all of it, is that these are very small, high-security, difficult to get into events for politically engaged people, these debates. We’re not talking about a gigantic, unruly crowd in which a few rotten eggs have managed to roll in under the fence. If you’ve got people shouting out pro-death sentiments in a five-hundred seat auditorium where BRIAN WILLIAMS IS MODERATING THE NIGHT’S PROCEEDINGS, then your organization has some serious self-image issues to attend to!) Anyway, today’s video is a raw AP feed of a group of strangers helping to lift a burning car off of a motorcyclist after a terrible accident. Nice one, group of strangers! If possible, I would listen to it with the audio turned off. Maybe pick a nice song to put behind it. (LIke George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set On You.”) Because while the people rushing to help a fallen man are brave and charitable, the people who made the actual video who are just watching and videotaping from some office building are completely insufferable. “Help him!” Oh hush it. GO HELP HIM YOURSELF IF YOU WANT, THIS IS NOT A HONEY BADGER JOKE!

Yay! Good work everyone! Except the guy talking. And Rick Perry. Bad work, Rick Perry. (Via

Comments (40)
  1. I was hoping this would show up here. It’s the perfect palate cleanser after yesterday.

  2. I wish I had taken Gabe’s advice and not listened to the people talking while they shot this video.

  3. Good on you all, strangers. I love that they all just disperse after saving the guy. They are like a group of Batmans (Batmen?), only without fancy masks and capes.

  4. Just then Justin Bieber jumped up, shouted “PUNKED” and ran giggling all the way home.

    And those brave bystanders never helped anyone ever again.

    The End.

  5. PFFFT. I once brought doughnuts to the ENTIRE OFFICE paid for out of MY OWN POCKET. Did I get any thanks, despite hinting liberally and aggressively holding the Krispy Kreme box & receipt in front of everybody so they’d notice? Uh, no. My heroism was ignored, so I don’t know why these people deserve the “glory.”

    • Oh man Krispy Kremes are the best! I will never forget your sacrifice.

    • What do you mean, ignored? You don’t remember me there, recording you with my cell phone? I was the one yelling, “Oh my gosh! OOOOOHHHH my gosh!! Are there doughnuts in there? Are there doughnuts in that box?! Get them out of the box! HURRY, SOMEONE GET THEM OUT OF THE BOX!!”

    • Werttrew: Looks like someone brought in doughnuts for my birthday.
      Coworker: Oh, Happy Birthday!
      Werttrew: You didn’t know it was my birthday?
      Coworker: I guess I forgot.
      Werttrew: Well I guess I forgot to give you a doughnut. *closes box*

  6. “Capital! Now, I’ll ask one of you ungodly rabble to enter the conflagration and retrieve the drycleaning that currently resides in my backseat. There’s a shiny penny in it for you.” –The Driver of The BMW that for some reason sounds like Mr. Burns.

  7. That was Anne Hathaway in the bermuda shorts, right? #celebrityheroes

  8. My take: the rescuers are my co-workers and they only lifted up the car because they heard there *might* be a few free left-over donuts under there from this morning’s staff meeting.

  9. “HEY! BUDDY! BUDDY! DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?! He said he does. let’s get him out of there!”

  10. No turning over cars in the history of politics can match that of Nancy “Stretch” Pelosi during an Obama State of The Union. She sits behind him with that grin stretched across her surgically enhanced face and bobs up and down like a circus seal.

    Last time, I promise.

  11. For some reason the construction worker had me thinking the cast of ‘Speed’ was responsible for lifting this car. I half-expected a semi-weasly guy in a suit and a woman with a stroller full of soda cans to get in on the action. P.S. These people are pretty amazing despite not having been in ‘Speed’.

  12. What a noble bunch of Ryan Goslings.

    • Dag – now I feel bad. I did not mean to sound like I was belittling the car-lifters.
      I was just thinking of other instances where someone was trying to do something good, and the people filming it (because it is the future, and someone is always filming it) were entirely useless.

      Good work, car-lifters! Sorry I inadvertently sounded like I was teasing you!
      You are very good at doing good stuff that I could never do!

  13. I will lift ALL OF THE CARS!!

  14. Shocking lack of cursing on that video.

  15. Because these good samaritans are PRIVATE-SECTOR good samaritans, I support this video. If they were socialist, nanny-state firefighters or EMTs taking MY taxes, I’d say BURN!

  16. I was mere miles from this event and NO ONE around me went to help. I was eating a sandwich, so, obviously, I couldn’t go.

  17. So…the guy was later okay? He looked awfully corpsey.

    Also, what an boring swear-jar at that office, no doubt. They’ll never get that new scanner.

  18. “We’ve only saved his life so he could take responsibility for not having medical insurance and die. You’re not getting off that easy, bike guy!”

  19. This happened in Salt Lake City. Which is full of Mormons, who don’t swear. So, that answers that.

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