I don't... Unless they deserve it. I was watching this jerk riding his bike in and out of traffic on a very busy 6 lane road, causing issues for the cars. He then hit the sidewalk and down he went. I laughed, but he totally deserved it. On the other hand, there was a little girl walking along in the mall with her mom, she was totally behaving, and she slipped and fell when her shoe hit the slippery floor, and I didn't laugh.
sad to say its almost like a natural reaction, especially if you witness it and it was in slow motion ,allowing you to see every facial expression they had until they hit the ground. I have actually laughed and helped someone at the same time. Couldn't help it, it was just one of those scenes that tickle you
I wouldn't laugh if someone fell, because I wouldn't want to think that someone would laugh at me if I had a fall. Even when people fall, you don't really know how bad they are hurt sometimes, because they do a good job at hiding it, so play it safe and don't laugh at any time is my motto.
"Are you all right?" is always the first thing out of my mouth if I see someone fall. Then, once injury is ruled out, if the person feels comfortable having a laugh about the situation, I'll laugh too.
It certainly depends on the situation. If we talk about a drop from a chair, and the person is alright, then I think it is okay to see it from humoristic point-of-view afterwards. But I keep my mouth shut during. It can always go terribly wrong.
Depends on what the fall looks like - sometimes it looks like a vaudeville comedy routine and laughter just comes out. But that's pretty rare. I'm way more likely to laugh at myself falling just imagining the flailing and such!
But of course - and then I try and help them back up while trying to stiffle the laughter...it is a natural reaction and as I've fallen many times and had people laughing like crazy, I understand completely!
Hmmm...I had a teacher once. Not fat but just genetically large. "Big Sexy" I used to say to myself. Anyway I had a good deal of respect for her because she was the first adult that treated me as an adult and actually listened to my opinion. She was going over the assignment and as she walked to the chalk board to illustrate something she was talking about the heel of her pump caught in one of the tiles and broke off. She went tumbling and slumped to the floor with a thud. I remember as she began to fall feeling terrified that she would be hurt when she hit the floor. It was scary. The most amazing thing about the encounter was that noone in this room of 35 11th graders laughed or snickered for that matter. We all had a great deal of love and respect for this teacher. She slowly got up and brushed herself off. She gazed over the room and sighed to herself then said. "thank you all for not laughing"..I doubt she knows to this day the love she garnered from us. It was at that moment that I stopped laughing at people who fall. I don't even have the inclination to laugh at them. I imagine though that if she had been your typical controlling butt-wipe of a teacher we would've laughed our everlovin adolescent hearts out.
"Big Sexy" sounds like a very wonderful person, and I really enjoyed reading what you had to say about her. It is not my first instinct to laugh at someone when they fall, I am usually too worried that they hurt themselves, especially if they crashed hard, or if its a little kid. But there are times when what made the person fall was funny and you can't help but let out a giggle, especially if they think its funny also.
See I have a friend named Nina who can't help but break into pieces laughing when someone falls! FRiday night a small group of us went out for dinner and I was wearing brand new shoes that happen to be VERY slippery and as the waitress was guiding us to our seats I slipped and landed right on my knee! Nina tried so hard to keep it together to ask me if I was okay but just couldn't help herself! I'm cracking up as I write this! She just can't help it, I hope I'm around one of these days to witness her bust her *ss! It's not nice to laugh at someone when they fall!! : D
Most of it depends on how obnoxious the person is and whether it truly hurts. Old lady spilling all her groceries on the street? No. Guy slipping on a wet floor while treating his girlfriend like a toilet over his cell phone? Definitely.
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