Friday, February 21, 2014

Would You Give Your Coat To An 11 Year Old Boy

SOS Children's Villages performed an experiment in Norway. An 11 year old boy was placed outside without a coat. Would strangers help him out? They want to make it clear the boy was never in any danger during filming.

18 comments:

Seven of Eleven said...

Aw, today's Enty is benevolent Enty. Such heart.

Sugar said...

Aww, jeez.
No, I wouldn't give a cold, young boy my coat. Is that want you want to hear???

canadachick said...

good thing Jolie wasn't there, she'd have tried to adopt him...and bam OScar guaranteed for Brad

Leekalicious said...

Lol @canadachick

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I would *get* him a coat, but a teenage boy would freeze before he'd wear a chick's coat...

Mari (from her other mail acct.) said...

When I was at Uni, we discussed an experiment a prof at (IIRC) Princeton carried out; an exam or lecture on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth was planned for his students, accounting for most of the final grade. On the way to the exam, there was a homeless man, who was ill, under the stairs, or a tree, I can't remember, but on the way to the lecture hall.The students taking the final had to pass him.
Yep, you guessed it. The homeless man who needed help was the final exam. He set it up as the opposite of the Milgram experiment, and obvs to see if anyone had been paying attention to the topic.
IIRC the students who helped, were the ones who got the A.
A lot of people had thought only one or two peeps would help, but (again) IIRC most of the students helped.

Krab said...

None of the boys around here wear coats. They wear hoodies.

As for the homeless guy--I would have avoided him, like I generally do. You get that way in New York City.

Anonymous said...

Behavior (good or bad, right or wrong) is learned.

This video was the way it's supposed to work: every person at that bus stop who saw someone loan the kid their scarf or gloves or coat (or watched the video of it) is more likely to do the same thing (or something similar) themselves in the future.

The video from a day or two ago is not how it's supposed to work: filming people busting their asses on a slippery patch of ice, laughing about it, and putting it on YouTube (and CDAN.) The right thing to do would be stand there and warn people about the ice. Or run and buy some cat litter.

P Rei said...

I keep a facebook page for my students called Ravens & Shadows, named after a class I teach. The other day at we were talking about scenarious of what would you do? I posted this, and this morning we had some very interesting and heartwarming discussion.

Gabi said...

Aww people are fundamentally good, brings a tear to my eyes.

auntliddy said...

Who wldnt help out a cold kid??!! Not to mention finding out why he's in that predicament to begin with.

fancyscreenname said...

@krab...
the hoodie as winter wear has confused me for the past four years. When my son was in high school he was embarrassed to wear a "bulky" coat in the fall/ winter. I only acquiesced because I noticed every other kid only had on a hoodie. I did not want to force him to b "that kid". High school is hard enough. Didnt want him to b the only kid who is weather appropriate.

fancyscreenname said...

I'm with Sugar. I wouldn't give him my coat and I ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT call the cops and wait with him until they arrived. I'm a self absorbed American. I cannot operate outside my own comfort zone.

Silly Enty...

SMH

Sis said...

I teared up at every person who helped.... a softie in my old age, actually, it's exactly what I would have done which is to help the boy.

Susan said...
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Susan said...

I would probably give him my coat. Helping people who I don't know does not phase me. Probably from living in a really small town. I once helped an old lady who literally got mugged in broad daylight outside the grocery store two seconds before I arrived. I probably would have been the person getting mugged if it weren't her.

I find all of these videos that creep up on the news or online of people dying in the middle of a convenience store and people just walk by oblivious to be horrifying. Everybody is so wrapped up in themselves. It drives me nuts.

Kids rocking hoodies in -2 degree weather baffles my brain. It is so true that they don't wear coats. Crazy!

My husband NEVER wears a coat, and my entire family rags on him.

lutefisk said...

Kids wear gym shorts and hoodies to school. We were upstate NY looking at colleges this week, and very few students had winter coats on. It was snowing out and they were all walking around campus in hoodies.

Mary Ann said...

I have been a contributor to SOS Villages for years. They do good work around the world.

This was a moving video.

lolaluvs2snack said...

I teared up too, I would've done the same thing :-)