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Who wants free money? 17 June 2008

Filed under: society — creativecat @ 6:47 pm
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I do! I do! Unlike the British apparently. According to an experiment done by a British price comparison site, only 28 people took advantage of the free money. A guy wearing a sandwich board that says “If you ask me for a 5 pound note, you can have one” encountered more than 1800 people on the street. There was no catch. All passerby had to do is ask him for the money, he would give it to you, and you could be on your way.

If this had happened in the US, the guy would have had a mob of people around him or been robbed. Probably both. I’m sure if I saw this guy on the street I would have thought there was a catch or would have thought the guy was crazy. I still would have asked him for money though. At the very least, I would have asked him what’s up with the sign. Even if there was a catch–like he wanted to talk about Jesus–I would have just taken the money and ran.


2 Responses to “Who wants free money?”

  1. Amethyst Clouds Says:

    Americans are pretty skeptical… most would think its some gimmick or scam and ignore him. Although it could depend on where in the U.S. he is.
    I grew up in New York, and I guarantee you in the middle of Manhattan he would be ignored completely. People are busy and very skeptical of any street advertising. I would assume he’s trying to sell me something at the very least, or some type of con artist at the worst.

  2. creativecat Says:

    Oh I certainly qualify as a skeptic. I think I would be curious enough to at least ask what he was doing though. But I’m twisted and have fun messing with crazy people sometimes. šŸ™‚

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