BUT, we don't have people laying on our sidewalks. This would obviously be a situation that needed my attention.
Not so sure this would be the case in NYC. I have seen, for myself, a homeless guy sleeping on the sidewalk outside the Javits Center. I didn't call 911. I figured he was sleeping. He was, as he was later awakened by our groups presence.
I saw a bum laying on a bench just outside Central Park. He had blood on his head and there was a small pool of blood on the sidewalk below his head. Did I call 911? No. There were HUNDREDS of people on the sidewalks and I figured someone must have already called and I was just a tourist. After I walked away a police car and ambulance pulled up to that location.
Don't be so quick to condemn those NYers. It's a different world.
1) This guy was laying in a pool of blood.
2) I've lived in New York City all my life and know first-hand how cowardly and unconcerned most people here are.