In a country regularly wracked by “bystander effect” stories, wherein streams of spectators and passers-by do nothing to stop either misdeeds or suffering, citizens willing to lay it all the line to help their fellow man are a precious resource.
After a group of men in Dazhou, Sichuan Province tore off their clothes and leaped into a raging river to rescue a damsel in distress, however, they received somewhat less than a hero’s welcome.
Two of the seven men who waded into the waters to bring the suicidal woman ashore from where she had jumped from an overhead bridge found that their belongings, which they had single-mindedly cast aside, had all been stolen.
The two men, however, have said that they have no regrets, and if given the choice would jump into the river all over again. Sichuan is supposed to be renowned for its numbing spiciness.
This story leaves more of a sweet-and-sour aftertaste.