That sort of behavior might be "funny" in the context of a fraternity party when one of the pledges passes out (and by "funny" I mean not very much at all), but some random person passed out in the street? How did this not ring all sorts of alarm bells in the idiot's brain? Or his friend with the cameraphone?
It also makes me muse (further) on the need for one to dress well if he/she lives in a big city. I've walked past so many collapsed people because they seemed passed out from alcohol or nodding out from heroin, etc. It makes me feel like a monster every time, but one cannot take it upon themselves to pick them up and take/get them to a hospital when you see four to ten of them in one walk of several blocks, every time you choose to walk in certain areas... and it may just be what that person normally does during any given day, and they would be outraged to be disturbed.
So, I obviously wouldn't have peed on this woman, or covered her with shaving foam - but I could very well have walked right past her when an intervention might have saved her life. And it might all have depended on what shoes she was wearing hyperbole.
Anyway. This is grotesque. But I also feel a little monster-ish myself.
It's been said of events like this taking place on the battlefield that an inhuman situation leads soldiers to do inhuman things. This sort of thing makes that premise seem suspect, and leads me to suspect that when free of accountability or social constraint, a subset of the population will commit such acts because it's simply what they want to do.
Google tells me that up to three percent of the male population and one percent of the female population are estimated to have an "antisocial personality disorder," more comonly known as sociopathy. I guess there are just a number of people out there whose brains are lacking in the facility for empathy. To return to my initial thought, it begs the question whether this may be a latent disorder in more people or something that can be induced by environmental factors.
I can't fathom ever messing with someone like that. However, like taz, I've often seen people passed out on the street and just kept going. Which is a shitty thing to do, but in a city, well, that's what you do. And now I feel like scum.