Appearances Experiment

How appearances can drive our humanity. Bonus question: does this come naturally for us or does it come from the way society only show us beautifull people ?

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+15 1. mabe commented 10 years ago

This is good to show the moral of humanity. But the depth of this would be, the materialism do change our view on how we perceive the person. It's sad.
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+2 2. dogfish commented 10 years ago

We are cowards.
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+15 3. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 10 years ago

An easy film to do. But in reality, we can be very annoyed while trying to help homeless people. To be clear, all this crowd should at least speak to this guy at a safe distance and call an ambulance... It's what I would do but ready to run away if it's a trickery.

The ambulance - or firemen in France - may not come soon because these things happens all the day long in big towns in France (Looks like Paris?). Many, many of these guys drink too much alcohol or take too much drugs and then became very uncomfortable to themselves and with others. Some aren't sick at all but sticky beggars. Other, really sick, taken at hospitals, will shit everywhere, destroy everything to their reach and stole as much drugs as they can.

I must add that nobody will help you if you are attacked on the street and the police may jail you if you manage to respond successfully to a physical attack - some villains are astute... So if you try to help somebody who turn aggressive, you are on your own.

Stay some months in France without any revenue and the state may propose you... Not a work (it would be fantastic!) but a small Welfare and free medical care. People in France are not so bad, only they fear by experience homeless and beggars.
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+9 4. schlafanzyk commented 10 years ago

#3 Almost exactly my thoughts. These things are much more nuanced than examples like this make it seem like. Also, the acting seemed pretty bad if you asked me. You don't expect bad acting and a fake stroke/attack from a guy in a suit, so you are more likely to overlook the bad acting job. You do expect it from someone, who could very well be a broke drug addict looking for a fix. Rich addicts don't have to beg for money, they got that covered and overdose in private - which actually makes them more likely to die unnoticed (many examples from Hollywood come to mind).

It's simple math:

People are hesitant to help someone who looks like a drug addict or homeless person for the same reasons they would not stop to help someone in a dark Porsche Cayenne with tinted windows and a custom license plate, parked in a sketchy neighborhood or in front of a mansion in a cocaine growing region. It has nothing to do with how wealthy someone looks or lack of empathy, but a rational judgment call weighing your own safety against the safety of someone you don't know. It is the public road version of "making sure your own oxygen mask is on and working properly before worrying about other people's masks". But on the other hand, there are also many different, safe, indirect ways you can help. This definitely says something about what we expect from society, or about our trust in societal responses - or rather lack thereof. I do feel like paying that much in taxes, while the people in obvious need get so little in return (basically a small IV line to keep you alive - not actual help), has a lot to do with it. We do feel obligated to help, but we should know - not worry in the back of our heads - that if it blows up in our face, other people will jump to our defense just as quickly.
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+5 5. loadrunner commented 10 years ago

In my country it is forbidden by law, not help someone who lies on the ground. It is a shame there needs to be a law like that. But it saves lives every day. (faking a sickness is also illegal)
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+7 6. schlafanzyk commented 10 years ago

#5 Same here in Germany.

I actually had a case almost exactly like the one demonstrated in this video happen right in front of me one night in downtown San Diego last year.
A guy was clearly having a rough night with too much of .. something. He went down to the ground, was just lying there, drooling, barely breathing, looking into the sky, no eye movement. Me being from Germany, where in driving school they teach you, not responding to a medical emergency or accident is punishable by law unless you have an exonerating reason (I guess my excuse could have been that it was my first night out in a foreign city I barely knew, with friends of friends I met only a few days ago), it wasn't even a question in my mind to do something. So I pulled out my phone and was about to dial 911, when someone stopped me, pointing at someone else on the corner already on the phone with 911 and said he got word back that an ambulance is already on its way. Half a minute later, I heard the sirens approaching and was relieved that I didn't have to deal with all the questioning and stuff that could have come along with events like this if things went south at some point.

The one thing that stuck with me - apart from the chilling image of that guy's blank face - was that every single one of the three emergency response units arrived - police, ambulance, and a firetruck. I guess it's a precaution to be prepared for everything if people are not judging a dangerous situation correctly. Seemed overly dramatic, but actually makes a lot of sense - what if the guy was some place hard to reach.
Anyways, the lesson is: A wasted emergency call on someone, who's faking every once in a while, is a perfectly fine price to pay to avoid finding out later, that someone died because your inaction hesitated to do the right thing.
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+2 7. Malakyte commented 10 years ago

This is not the first time that this concept is used and we have seen a couple of videos like this one on SNOTR already. I am not sure that making this kind of videos will help in the right way. If YouTubers continue to prank people in the street, no one will stop ever again for real situation.
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-7 8. braveheart2052 commented 10 years ago

its in france that's what they do ! NOTHING !
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+4 9. dopsy commented 10 years ago

Suit up! FAST
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+1 10. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 10 years ago

#5: There is a similar law in France:
"Délit de non assistance à personne en danger": Offence for non assistance to endangered people. Means you may be jailed or receive a fine if you don't give help to endangered person.
This law applies also to car accidents were people pass by without giving any help.
It have also been applied in a case of drunk guy dead in a car accident: the barman didn't do anything to stop him on the way to take his car, even it was clear the customer was intoxicated.
So logically this law applies to the situations depicted here in this short movie.
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+1 11. saturas commented 10 years ago

Well, we are animals, in this case similar to hyenas. People think if they help well dressed (assuming with a lot of money) guy there will be some money-crumbs for them. So I thing helping the well dressed guy is only the representation of our lowest needs, so we behave like parasites. There is no empathy or will to help another human being, so we are still cave ppl despite we act like civilized.
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-1 12. WildMonkey commented 10 years ago

Cause humans are filthy creatures that only help when they expect something in return.
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+2 13. whiteleon commented 10 years ago

I dont think that is a proof. From my perspective those people who didnt help the homeless like man might think he was a faker to take their money. I dont believe that it is a good method to test appearance difference.
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+1 14. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 10 years ago

#12 Am I filthy if I expect a thank, a smile or (worse?) a similar help later from the ones I have helped?
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0 15. Natan_el_Tigre commented 10 years ago

Put an end to this phenomenon once and for all? Good luck:
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0 16. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

Regardless, brought tears to my eyes how the guy was lying there.. :'(
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0 17. joeman commented 9 years ago

Man looks on the outward appearance. God looks on the heart.
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0 18. Wotty1 commented 8 years ago

In Paris in this area are many fake disabled people preying on the passerby.
I passed two within two minutes recently, trying an identical scam.
I have traveled widely but to find two con artists with the same act within 100m was unbelievable!
Bent over, shawl, crutch, shoe half kicked off etc. they make me very angry because,
In this environment, the passerby will walk on.

Try this again in any French town, even Calais or Boulogne and you'll get a very different reaction.