For many of us, living in a world without vision is a terrifying experience. Navigating around in complete darkness, a blind person has to depend on his other senses as well as others’ kindness to tackle everyday tasks. So, imagine witnessing a blind man being robbed while asking for help to identify his money.
What would you do?? Would you speak up, or would you mind your own business?
In a social experiment conducted by What Would You Do?—an ABC reality TV show—actor Traci and visually impaired actor Frank were engaged to reenact the aforementioned scenario at Astoria Coffee in New York, with hidden cameras placed secretly in corners of the cafe.
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In front of other patrons, Frank pretended to walk into the cafe, asking for Traci’s help in identifying the money in his wallet.
“Excuse me, can you do me a favor?” Frank asked Traci. “Can you tell me what these bills are?”
“1, 2, 3, 4. Four dollars. You’ve just enough for a coffee,” Traci replied.
However, the problem was these bills were not $1 bills; they were obviously $20 bills.
“There’s no twenty’s in it?” Frank asked.
“No,” Traci said with a straight face.
What did the other patrons do when they came across Traci taking advantage of Frank, who couldn’t see for himself? Did they speak up, or did they simply turn a blind eye to Traci’s dishonesty?
One customer, Sabrina, saw Traci lying through her teeth, and bravely stepped in to help Frank.
“Those are four 20 dollar bills,” she told him.
Without an ounce of guilt, Traci insisted, “No, they are single bills.”
Shocked by Traci’s shameful denial, Sabrina decided to take matters into her own hands.
“These are four 20 dollar bills, and I actually don’t appreciate you lying to somebody,” Sabrina told Traci sternly, before helping Frank to order his cup of coffee.
When Traci attempted to help Frank again, the unsmiling Sabrina pushed her hands away.
Just as the two women were crossing swords, John Quinones, host of What Would You Do?, approached.
As to why she spoke up, Sabrina told Quinones, “I just would hope that someone would do that for me.”
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Sabrina was not the only patron who came to Frank’s rescue.
In another scene, Traci pocketed the blind man’s money right in front of two gentlemen, and things got a little dramatic.
“Are you serious? You are going to rip off a blind man?” one of the gentlemen said. “There’s a $20 in your hands. You just put stuff in your pocket. I’ll call the cops on you.”
“Take the money out of your pocket,” demanded the other man, who sat near the counter.
During Traci’s third attempt, she was caught red-handed by an astute customer. In order to get away with her crime, she even attempted to bribe the lady with some of Frank’s $20 bills.
What did the woman do? Did she connive with Traci to rob Frank’s money?
Check out this entire What Would You Do? episode to see her response.
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