Ooh, tough question, interesting scenario.so you are feeling decent, and you are walking down the street.
some dude has a dog on a leash, and he is screaming at the dog and kicking the shit out of it, and the dog is cowering.
what do you do?
call the cops?
It's so hard to say what I would do. I know how I'd probably feel; I'd feel like kicking the shit out of him instead. Because that kind of brutal violence against anyone, human or not, totally pulls my strings. Especially when the victim is cowering. I can get very protective.
But then, this is happening down the street, me just walking there. It is none of my business.. So what do I do? Interfere or not? I'd definitely be torn between taking action and (trying to) ignore the whole thing.
Now, if this would involve someone I know and care about.. This would be the easiest thing to answer. Because I'd do everything in my power to protect them and take down the assailant.
So yeah.. tough question..
I think, if I get confronted with the situation enough, something in me will snap, and then all bets are off. And seeing I'm walking by, it'll take a while before I'd be able to move on from the scene. So chances are real I would go and confront.. eventually.
Calling the cops would probably only occur to me as an option after I have confronted the assailant.
And asking nicely, in a situation like that, won't ever be an option for me.