PASSED BY: A man lay on this patch of grass next to a busy carpark in the middle of Maroochydore for 14 hours before anybody bothered to get help for him.
PASSED BY: A man lay on this patch of grass next to a busy carpark in the middle of Maroochydore for 14 hours before anybody bothered to get help for him. Janine Hill

Why did nobody check to see if man was dead or alive?

A MAN lay unmoving on the ground in the heart of Maroochydore for nearly 14 hours before anybody bothered to get help for him.

The lack of concern shown to the man has stunned the Maroochydore worker who called an ambulance for him.

"It's a bit shocking, really," she said.

The man lay on grass between the Maroochydore Courthouse building and the Hungry Jack's carpark from 10.30pm Wednesday night until 1pm yesterday.

The woman who called the ambulance said another person at her workplace had noticed the man when she started work in the morning and became concerned when he was still in the same position at lunchtime.

She found the man, who had been asleep or unconscious, curled in a semi-foetal position only metres from where cars park at the 24/7 takeaway just off busy Horton Pde.

A check of CCTV footage showed the man had entered the area about 10.30pm the night before.

The man is believed to have fallen into a deep sleep or unconsciousness after consuming a large volume of alcohol but she queried why nobody had bothered to check if he was even alive in the time he lay there.

She said he was wearing light pants and a dark shirt with colours on it and would have been visible to any cars parked adjacent or driving into the carpark if the nearby spaces were not occupied.

The security camera footage showed an RV containing three young men parked barely three metres away from his unmoving body for 90 minutes.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed paramedics attended to a man, aged about 50, in the carpark just after 1pm.

He was assessed as not requiring hospital treatment and is believed to have made his way to a bus to get home.

A Maroochydore police spokeswoman said it was disappointing that nobody did anything for the man, who is known to police.

"It's certainly concerning but you can sort of appreciate people's reluctance to involve themselves when things sometimes happen to good Samaritans," she said.

She said people should call authorities if they were concerned for a fellow human being but did not want to approach the person themselves.

"They should call either an ambulance or call the police. If they are comfortable approaching the person, they can do that, but otherwise, leave it to the professionals," she said.

"We certainly don't want people putting themselves in any danger but we also want people to look out for each other, too."


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