A Quiet Emergency in a Chinese Restaurant

I was having dim sum in a big Chinese restaurant the other day. I was just having lunch with family. I noticed that there was a security guard by one of the tables near the wall, but I didn’t think anything of it. There was no commotion or anything.

By the time we were finished lunch, we got up to go out and realized that there was actually a full blown medical emergency at the table by the wall.

I guess one of the seniors that frequent the restaurant had a major medical event of some sort. What really struck me is how the restaurant was able to keep on going without drawing much attention to the event. All the tables right beside the emergency just kept chatting and didn’t pay that much attention to the emergency transpiring.

I know in a typical Canadian restaurant, everyone would have likely stopped to see if they could help in some way. There would have definitely been a noticeable commotion. I just couldn’t notice anything going on over the din of the dim sum lunch.

I don’t know if I would chalk it up to total indifference or what. The Canadian in me definitely is a little disturbed by it and says that others should show more concern, but the Chinese in me says that I should stay out of the way and just mind my own business.

One thought on “A Quiet Emergency in a Chinese Restaurant

  1. I know how you feel. I grew up in India, saw disgusting amounts of poverty and could never do anything about it, because everyone told me to stay out of the way and mind my own business.

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