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Social Experiment Results

Social Experiment Results

A couple of months ago I posted that I was going to do a social experiment.  This is about the social experiment results.  What I learned about the people I see asking for money and what I learned about those that either give to them or dismiss them out of hand.

Since I had no real reason to beg to get social experiment results I had to make stuff up.  I had 2 signs and I was doing this not long after the passage of ObamaCare (AKA the Affordable Care Act) So it wasn’t hard to imaging using a health issue.

The Signs

The first of the signs read,

“Colon Cancer
Lost insurance
Thanks Obama
Anything Helps
God Bless”

The second one read,

“Husband has Colon Cancer
Lost insurance
Thanks Obama
Anything Helps
God Bless”

The Results

I got more money in less time when I was the one that was sick vs my husband although I suspect that had more to do with the time I was doing it than with the sign.  I stood at two different locations.  One a major grocery store here in UT, Smiths, and my local Wal-Mart. I figured I’d make more at Wal-mart  than Smith’s as there would be more traffic.

This turned out not to be the case though.  Although there was a lot more traffic coming out of the Wal-Mart parking lot I made more “hourly” at Smith’s than I did at Wal-Mart.

In less than half an hour at Smith’s I made $36 in over an hour at Wal-Mart I made about $16.  Granted it was later at night but I also think it’s the kind of people that shop at the 2 different stores.

The cars coming out of Smith’s were newer and nicer than the cars that were coming out of Wal-Mart for the most part.  There were a few generous souls at Wal-Mart that gave a large amount.  One guy even left the parking lot and came back around to give me a $10.

What I Learned

As I said above it seemed to make more money when I was the one sick.  The people felt more compassionate I think when I was the one that had the problem vs my husband.  I’m sure it also helped that I was kind of sick to my stomach so I was gagging which lead credence to the cancer I was pretending to have.

But although the cars coming out of the Smith’s parking lot were newer and better taken care of it was the people in the older slightly dinged up cars that gave.  So it would seem that those that have less gave more.  There were others that would just look away as soon as they saw me looking at them.  Trying to pretend I didn’t exist.

So there you go.  My social experiment results.  Feel free to tell me I’m an ijit or that you think you’re going to try it yourself in the comments below.

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