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(37,305 posts)
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 11:58 AM Oct 2013

Absorbed device users oblivious to danger

A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol.

He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away - but none reacts.

Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don't lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train.

Investigators say this scene was captured by a Muni camera on Sept. 23, the night Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, allegedly killed 20-year-old Justin Valdez in an apparently random encounter.


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Absorbed device users oblivious to danger (Original Post) dkf Oct 2013 OP
Of course, people blame the iPhones rather than the gun nt geek tragedy Oct 2013 #1
Oh I'm sure we blame the transit camera too. Great security. Yay! dkf Oct 2013 #2
Living virtual lives. It's what we do. LiberalAndProud Oct 2013 #3
I would have been reading DU. Guilty as charged. dkf Oct 2013 #4
I'm reminded of this woman... Archae Oct 2013 #5
No one seemed to notice that either... Agschmid Oct 2013 #6
I'm reminded of that one too Aerows Oct 2013 #8
Didn't the lady try to sue the mall? oldhippie Oct 2013 #11
She did Aerows Oct 2013 #12
That never gets old. HappyMe Oct 2013 #10
On a crowded train, I would have been reading a book and been in the Nay Oct 2013 #7
Supposed you noticed -- now what do you do? FarCenter Oct 2013 #9


(28,749 posts)
6. No one seemed to notice that either...
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 12:27 PM
Oct 2013

The mall near me installed huge planters around the fountains immediately after this.



(3,249 posts)
11. Didn't the lady try to sue the mall?
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 01:22 PM
Oct 2013

... for letting her walk into the fountain?

I wonder how that turned out?



(39,961 posts)
12. She did
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:30 PM
Oct 2013

except now she has bigger problems than being laughed at on youtube.


I don't think the lawsuit went well, but I can't find if there were any other results and since she's involved in a criminal trial (credit card theft/fraud), I'd say that's not too much of a worry anymore. She's apparently also been involved in a hit and run, too.


(12,051 posts)
7. On a crowded train, I would have been reading a book and been in the
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 12:42 PM
Oct 2013

same "oblivious" mindset.

I don't think any of those people who were minding their own business (whether through using a book, I-phone, tablet, newspaper, magazine, taking a nap, etc.) SHOULD be as alert or on the lookout for danger as, say, someone belaying on an ice-covered slope on Mt Hood. Come on. You have to be able to relax a bit during most of your daily experience on the train, at work, etc., or you might as well just wear an aluminum foil beanie. People are already wound too tightly -- no need to make it more so by insinuating that everybody needs to be on the lookout all the time.

Of course, when the zombie apocalypse occurs, all bets are off.



(19,429 posts)
9. Supposed you noticed -- now what do you do?
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 01:12 PM
Oct 2013

The optimal strategy is to not react and calmly get off at the next stop as though you had seen nothing.

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