Blog Assignment #3

Hello North House for this week blog assignment, I will be sharing with you guys a video called Take the money… and Run?. The reason why I am sharing this video with you guys is because some of us can trust people easily and some of us do not trust people easily. Is it wrong how people easily trust others or vice versa?  After you have finished seeing this video answer the prompt below.

Prompt: Why do you think people had trouble taking the money? How would you handle that situation if it were you?


29 thoughts on “Blog Assignment #3

  1. Trust is a funny thing. I personally believe the saying that “trust takes years to build and only seconds to break.” From an early age we’re taught that generally nothing is really free. In the video, “Take the Money…and Run” television personalities on National Geographic essentially conducted an experiment. Their hypothesis: if they were to offer up “free money” would anyone take it?

    Overall, I think the whole experiment was for lack of a better word, sketchy. As a culture, we’re socialized to be wary of strangers and not trust too easily. We’re also socialized to be wary of anything that’s free because many times there are “strings attached.” The host in the video asserted the point that “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” That mantra is generally our thought so we don’t automatically trust wholeheartedly. During my sophomore year, I was up at Cal Poly’s library where people were advertising “free money.” However, that money wasn’t “free.” If I wanted it I would have to watch a five-minute video and answer a survey.

    I think many of the people in the video were reluctant to take the cash because, they too know that nothing is really “free” and that trust takes time to build. With that being the case, why would I trust someone I just met who was offering up free money? If I were to be in the same situation I would probably ignore it; like I do to those men on the Las Vegas Strip that try to pass out cards for an “escort service.” In Karen’s introductory paragraph she poses the question, “Is it wrong how people easily trust others or vice versa?” and to that, I say: trust your instincts, never let your emotions cloud your judgment, and don’t be naïve.

  2. As Chris said ” I think the whole experiment was for lack of a better word, sketchy. This is the reason why people did not take the money. I also noticed that the main guy was saying “its all about trust.” In my opinion, trust is very hard to build but it can be destroyed within a few seconds. How can someone trust a stranger offering “free money?”

    If somebody found money on the floor and nobody was around, then they would have taken the money. But the fact that this guy is placed at a random spot, telling everybody to take “free money” and telling everybody to trust him is kind of hard to do. If I was in this situation, I would of kept on walking because nobody puts a smile on their face giving away “free money”, its too sketchy.

    Overall, the video called ” Take the Money and Run?” assembles an experiment weather or not people will take free money. Since it was set in a sketchy spot and there was no trust, the majority did not take the money.

  3. According to the video, “Take the Money…and Run,” the National Geographic television show, Brain Games, hosted an experiment to determine if people are willing to take “free money” from a stranger for free. It was fascinating to notice how many people did not take the money, and if so, most of them hesitated.

    At one point, the host mentions, “You would think it would be easier for people to take money, but people just…hesitate.” This fact is certainly true, especially when the person offering is a stranger. Also, when something is free, usually, there are “strings attached.” Like Christopher mentioned, people are “socialized to be wary of anything that’s free because many times there are ‘strings attached.’ ” As children, many people are raised with an understanding that nothing in this world is free. Therefore, many people are reluctant to receive an offer or gift for “free.”

    If I were to be in a similar situation, like most people in the video, I would disregard the offer and continue my path. I was raised with a mentality where nothing is free; mainly, because the advertisers only want to steal one’s money. In addition, I was raised with a mentality to not trust anyone. Although the advertiser may appear formal, I do not know the person underneath the suit. In some scenarios, they ask for personal information to receive the gift. Why would they need that information? Some may potentially use this information for harmful reasons. In the end, how am I able to trust anyone when, unfortunately, no one seems real anymore?

  4. When you find ten bucks on the floor and no one in sight to claim it we never think twice about trust before we reach down to grab it. Same goes with the woman at the end of the video. Once the man running the experiment from the video “Take the Money… and Run” had left, it seemed like a much more simple decision to make. It appears as though when someone is explicitly letting you know that “hey this money is free, you just need to rust me” we have a much harder time to accept the truth because who in the right mind would give away there money on the street. Just as Chris had said “people in the video were reluctant to take the cash because they too know that nothing is really “free”.” Chris is right when he states that nothing is truly free. All of these people were hesitant because they new something was expected of them because something always is. If we think about it, sure the money didn’t cost them anything they had before they started but that doesn’t mean the people giving the money away did not gain anything. Weather they knew it or not, in order to earn that money they needed to be a part of an experiment. To answer the second part of Karens prompt, I personally believe that if I were in the situation I would take the money. It definitely would get me thinking weather or not I was about to do something I would regret later, but at the time I am sure I would use a couple dollars for a bag of chips .

  5. Initially, I thought the whole “Take the Money… and Run?” video was was a prank, so each time someone would finally take the money, I still thought something was going to pop up and scare them, but it turned out to actually be free money. In the video, the narrator/voiceover guy says, “Even when people took the money, they were sure it was a trick.” and that goes to show how little people can trust something or someone. I can relate to Benjamin when he said, “I was raised with a mentality where nothing is free; mainly because the advertisers only want to steal one’s money.” because I grew up with a grandma who was always paranoid about people scamming her and stealing her money. Since that was drilled into my brain, it made me feel like I could not trust anyone when I was younger.

    Money has this sense of importance because we need it for almost every aspect of our lives, so to see a box filled with free money would trigger people’s trust alarms. You don’t give away money just because, there has to be some sort of reason. I feel like that is why it was so difficult for most people to take the money in the video. People constantly need reassurance in order to build and maintain trust and it takes time to do that. If this situation were to happen to me, I would probably ignore it and go on my way. I always ignore the kiosk people at the mall, so I don’t think I would even bother to take the money. If we did not take free candy from strangers as kids, why would we take free money from strangers?

  6. Anything offered for free is dangerous, frightening, and at times risky. There is either a hidden obligation or a trick after accepting a “free” item. The word “free” is even a marketing ploy used to trick predictable consumers to spending more money on a product. What is offered for free usually comes with a psychological price tag. The giver instills a feeling of accountability to the receiver. Does the saying, “give when you are about to take” come in mind? For this reason, it is better to be strategically generous with one’s own belongings than to accept from others. Generosity is a power trick which breaks down people’s walls and softens people to deception. This thought applies to the test subjects of the people from the video, “Take the money…and run.” For example, the man in the blue shirt (1:48) asked the host if he could reimburse the money he took out of the jar.

    Personally, if I were in that situation I would gawk in curiosity then walk away. If I were to take the money I would feel unsure or frightened regarding whether or not the situation was safe. For this reason, I agree with Kenny G. statement, “nobody puts a smile on their face giving away “free money”, it is too sketchy.” Personally, I would accept free money if I asked for it rather than if it were offered to me.

  7. I am a big fan of social experiments. They seem to give a bird’s eye view of how we as people will react. This social experiment was designed to test our trust. A booth with “free money” was set up, and gave the opportunity for anyone to come take as much as they wanted. In this situation not many people took the money, I believe there is more to this response then just trust. Location for example could have been a driving factor. There was no background given to what plaza this was set up at. Socioeconomic levels could have been a determining factor as well. If I lived in a well off neighborhood and had a lot of money, why would I want to be seen taking “FREE” money? Trust however, seems to be a factor focused on in the experiment with reason. Chris labeled it perfectly as “Sketchy”. In no way does this make sense to how we are condition and the way society operates. As a society and maybe even a world, we don’t experience the kind of situation where we don’t need to work for want we need. Especially with money, we are expected to earn it. As they say “money doesn’t grow on trees.” As Jaydalyn puts it “Money as a sense of importance.” Anything important is usually not easy to achieve especially from a booth.

    Now what would I do in that situation? It really would depend who I was with and my mental state at that time. I might be the only one, but there are times I want to be riskier and not give a second thought about my choices. On a good day I probably would not be the first person to approach the booth if I was with friends. I’d most likely encourage a friend to go up first and if the pitch was legitimate I would then go myself. It’s a mechanism I use to test the waters before I jump in.

  8. As humans, we have no claws. I hate to burst this bubble after eighteen years, but the fact remains: humans have no claws. Humans have no claws, sharp teeth, five-hundred pound frames, wings, camouflaged skin or adaptive poison quills that deter predators. As a result, we -like other boring mammals- find safety in deeply rooted social bonds and relationships. I may not be able to kill a jaguar stalking me in the deep jungle, but my clan may be able to. In other words, in primitive ages, we needed each other to survive and ensure the development of our species. Without large tightly knight circle of human associates my chances of survival drastically drop. Well, at least they would have without thousands of years of civilization to keep the estranged jaguar away. But countless millennia of evolution has hardwired this primitive survival tool deep into my psyche. After all, when is the last time you felt unsafe alone? Chances are, it was recent, and it was all a result of generations upon generations of successful relationship building.
    Which brings us to the money question. Notice how in the first trial, people were hesitant or simply walked along. Either two things are happening here: the people do not trust Mr. failedcareerchoice, and thus suspect a bad social relationship that will not benefit them, or they are not willing to take the money in fear the man will think lower of them-in primitive terms, also lowering chances of survival in the future. However, in the second experiment, subjects are much more likely to reach in and grab the equivalent of my college savings. Why? Because there is no threat of alienation, mistrust or a parasitic social bond. Thus, free resources with no strings attached. But with a human presence, we feel as Althea explains “[that] anything offered for free is dangerous, frightening, and at times risky.”
    Personally, although I am by nature a figurative hermit, I would likely abide by the same anthropological laws set before me by previous ancestors and not take the money until the man has left. However, my ancestors were cowards! Disregarding millions of years of evolution I will immediately take the money regardless of the person. Suddenly, after taking the money however I will soon be attacked by a jaguar and no one will be around to save me. Thank you ancestral behavioral traits, for keeping me off the streets.

  9. In the Video, “Take the Money… and Run?”, the television show Brain Games observed people’s reactions to money being given away for free.

    When people are put into the position to try new and unfamiliar things, they are sometimes hesitant and talk themselves out of whatever they’re going to do. Sometimes when we want to try new things or go beyond our comfort zones, we need to do it alone. Then we don’t feel intimidated by other people watching and judging us. We aren’t nervous about what other people will think of us if because no one is there.

    Similarly, this is the way people approached this experiment. When the man is present at the booth and is shouting, “Free Money!” at people, many of them continue walking the other way or are very hesitant to take the money. They might have been intrigued by the idea of something being free, but are discouraged by their insecurity or how uncomfortable they feel towards the situation.

    These people are familiar with the concept that nothing in this world is free and there are always strings attached. Nick C. put it perfectly, “As a society and maybe even a world, we don’t experience the kind of situation where we don’t need to work for want we need.” Even when the man left the booth, the lady that approached the booth was still hesitant. This is where we talk ourselves out of doing something that is new and unfamiliar.

    People had trouble taking the money because they were unsure of how to approach a situation that made them feel uncomfortable and was unfamiliar to them. Personally, I probably wouldn’t have taken the money if I was walking alone and some random guy was shouting to take his free money. It’s weird, definitely unfamiliar, and would totally make me feel uncomfortable. Whether it is wrong or right that people trust is easily or not is a hard question to answer. Trust is a tricky concept that can’t be answered that simply in my opinion. I guess it depends on the situation and on your past experiences.

  10. While watching the video “ Take the Money…and Run” I felt a cringey feeling, because I am amongst those who would not trust a man giving free money. I would have been alongside those in the clip who said “no thank you” and walked away.

    I believe that the lack of trust within people is not only a personal issue, but also wired into the human brain. I agree with Romel who explained that ancient human ancestors had a lot more to fear. Thus the constant state of fear is what has kept mankind going. However, Romel also stated that we would ignore the human trait and run with the money. I found that comical because those in the clip who took money are breaking the fear cycle. I laughed very hard at the first woman where all it took was a “pinky promise” for her to help herself and grab a handful of cash.

    Overall, it all depends on how trusting a person is. The amount of trust could l be factored on a person’s upbringing but for the most part society is wired to believe that nothing is truly free and there will always be “strings attached”. I personally would have missed out on the chance to grab some free cash.

  11. This a video about National Geographic doing a social experiment on “free money”. The crew will set up a booth, and on top of the counter will be a box full of money. The man there will be asking people “Sir/ma’am, would you like free money?” Some of the people take it with or without hesitation.

    It is funny because Jaydalynn B. initially thought it was a prank and I thought so too, but then the National Geographic channel icon appeared, then I realized it was just a social experiment. I think it is okay to trust someone, but not trust them too much. Although, putting trust into a stranger can go many ways or you just do not know how it would turn out. Then again, I was taught in the church that we should trust people and not judge them by appearance (like the box of money).
    Benjamin T. said in his response that he was raised with a mentality where nothing was free, and in some way I do agree with it, but in other ways I do not. With that being said, you can take stuff because it is free, but do not take advantage of these free stuff. So just because it is free, do not take advantage, but be grateful that it is especially since most things are not free in this world.

    Lastly, if I was in that scenario I would not hesitate and take the money. Why, because there is a sign that says FREE MONEY. If the sign did not FREE MONEY, then I suppose I would not take it. Actually, what if the sign is the reason why people are going to booth and the reason why people are hesitating is because they want to get that reassurance from the man in the booth. Janina G. mentioned, “but also wired in the human brain…” and because of that I also want to add that the wiring into the human brain causes us to stutter or hesitate, but our conscience is telling us to take it.
    In conclusion, if money is free you should take it. Why, because it is money.

  12. People will always have their best interests in mind. It is the same reason that people will choose to deny the money, or to accept it. They want reward, but more importantly they want to avoid consequence. Considering this, it is no question that some will hold their suspicions. Even the man behind the booth has his own interests in mind. Since his ulterior motive may not be clear to a passerby, most will assume there is a catch. However, the viewer knows something that the people on the street do not. To the viewer, it is clear that there is no catch, because the man behind the booth is doing a social experiment for a show. The reward is still there for the man. In the end the man gets fame, money, and maybe some information from the experiment. However, as long as his motive is unclear to the people, suspicions will deter people until they feel either greedy enough to go for the money, or safe enough to face whatever consequences may be present. True altruism does not exist in humans. Most of the people ignoring the booth know this. As Althea put it, “Anything offered for free is dangerous, frightening, and at times risky.” The likelihood of someone with a booth handing out free money, not for the poor, but for everyone, is extremely unlikely any way you look at it. However, the likelihood of someone wanting to waste your time by preaching whatever they have to say, (even if it means using bribes) is much higher.

    In response to the prompt’s question, “How would you handle that situation if it were you?” I would ignore them. I would probably look at the box of crumpled up one-dollar bills, consider the sketchy man running the vanilla looking booth and weigh the reward to the risk. In this case, the reward is a fistful of chump-change while the more conceivable risk is getting my ear talked off by some blockhead. After taking a very brief moment to weigh the two, I would decide not to waste my time and instead just continue on my way. I guess the joke is on me though, I would have missed out on a whole five dollars!

  13. If an unfamiliar person is freely handing away free money in a public place, would a person accept it? This question is set by a video entitled, “Take the Money…and Run”, with the goal of determining if people’s distrust of others will withhold them from accepting free money.
    The main focus of this “social experiment” was to observe whether or not people would take the cash with no speculations whatsoever. At first, the booth with the jar filled with piles of cash is largely ignored by the public as they carry out their daily business. As time progresses, individuals boldly notice and take on the case one by one. In doing so, they are quick to question the methods and function of the booth. One asks, “Is something gonna attack me or like,what?” This person is at first distrustful and dubious, but as she converses with the man, she takes the money and walks away with confusion still present. From my point of view, truth plays a vital role in accepting stranger’s offers or incentives. After all, it was taught at a young age to be wary and fearful of others. Like Collin E. had stated, “However, as long as his motive is unclear to the people, suspicions will deter people until they feel either greedy enough to go for the money, or safe enough to face whatever consequences may be present.” Suspicion and doubt arises among of all humans. Many are afraid to take that long step of uncertainty and the consequences it may bring. In addition, the “free money” may also be a deterrence for some since it is frowned upon because, technically, it is not earned for yourself. No one wants to be outcasted and ridiculed for a needy human being. Personally, if I was placed in a same situation such as the video portrayed, I would simply ignore the booth because for all it seems to me, that if a booth is displaying free money, it is already highly peculiar and something to be hesitant to approach.

  14. In the video, “ Take the Money…and Run?” the host conducts an experiment to see how much trust people do or do not have. I too, initially believed that the whole thing was a prank just like Jaydalynn; I expected someone’s hand to pop out from the bottom of the glass box or something dramatic, but nothing happened.
    I believe that people had a hard time taking the money because people have grown to the idea that money doesn’t grow on trees, it has to be worked for, and that no one is going to get it for free. I guess there’s an exception to those born into a wealthy family, and can live off of their parents’ wealth.
    If it were me in that situation, I would have immediately assumed it was some form of advertisement and walked away. Like when my mom receives letters from car companies saying that she won a new car, but actually it’s just another way to get her to go to the dealer and buy another car. I believe that Jadalynn said it best, “ If we did not take free candy from strangers as kids, why would we take free money from strangers?”

  15. Trust is today’s society seems to be few and far between. We are often told not to trust too easily or not to trust at all due to a feared outcome, and because of this we have been conditioned to live our lives cautiously. Especially in the world we live in today trust is something highly valued and for most people it is so valued that it must be earned. In the video Karen shared with us from the television show Brain Games, an interesting social experiment was shown involving money and trust.

    In the experiment the intent was to see whether or not every day people would willingly trust a stranger giving out free money. As the video showed, most did not and for good reason. A shady person, in a sketchy spot, handing out free money with no strings attached? It is something unheard of so obviously people would be weary of taking the cash. The whole situation sets off red flags for the people walking by because we have been conditioned this way. Growing up we are told not to take candy from strangers or not to accept rides from strangers, and for most people even though it is something valuable like money, this mentality still exists. But of course this mentality goes away when there’s no one there to trust. Like the video showed, people were more willing to take the money when there was no one at the booth. This is essentially a representation of how people do not think twice about picking up and pocketing lost money in the streets, there’s no one to trust so there is no need to set your guards up. As Jose G. states in his post “It appears as though when someone is explicitly letting you know that “hey this money is free, you just need to trust me” we have a much harder time to accept the truth because who in the right mind would give away their money on the street.” Like Jose explained, the fact that the host was advertising to the people walking by “free money” and “trust”, it made it harder for people to accept the money because it sounds so sketchy. If I were in that situation I would know not to even approach the booth. Like I mentioned before trust is highly valued and even if its people giving away free money or food or whatever I would not accept because I have no trust in the person or the situation.

  16. The video entitled, “Take the Money… and Run?” is about a social experiment, where a booth is placed in a public setting claiming to give out free money. The people walking by the booth could take as much, or as little as they wish. However many people ignored the booth, and few hesitantly took the money. Nowadays, society has been ingrained to never trust strangers, especially if they are handing out free stuff. Ever since I was a child, my parents have always advised me to never be too gullible, or trusting because of how cruel the world could be. This is why I believe the people that had trouble taking the money were so hesitant. Benjamin supports my claim by stating, “As children, many people are raised with an understanding that nothing in this world is free. Therefore, many people are reluctant to receive an offer or gift for free”.

    If I were in that situation, I would have simply ignored the booth because of the way I was raised. I would have assumed something sketchy was happening, or the money was fake. Nothing is ever truly free, especially money. Jaydalynn states, “Money has this sense of importance because we need it for almost every aspect of our lives, so to see a box filled with free money would trigger people’s trust alarms”. I agree with Jaydalynn because money plays such a vital role in society, so a stranger handing out money is alarming. In conclusion, how trusting a person is depends on the situation at hand, and how one was raised.

  17. When reading Kenny’s blog this statement was my whole idea of the video “If somebody found money on the floor and nobody was around, then they would have taken the money.” For most people the basic way of thinking when this happens is “Wow I got luck!” and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you were to see someone drop that money the people with humanity in them would return that money. That is what my main argument comes down to is the situation you are in. To answer Karen’s question if I would take the money, no I would not because the money was in a box inside a booth I would believe that there was some sort of catch to the money like it was fake or even worse stolen. In a situation like that, I would think to myself “that’s weird” and continue on with my day. In the case of people who do take the money they carefully approach and ask if there were any strings attached to taking the money. For people someone in the booth watching may make them hesitant and probably feel judged for taking the money and how much they take. Without anyone in the booth, there is no real consequences and no one there to judge them if they took all the money.

  18. The video Karen shared, “Take the Money… and Run?” is about an experiment where a booth is offering free money to see what people’s reaction will be. At first there is a man standing at the booth telling people to take the money, but not many people believe that the money is free with no catch to it. Once the man left the booth and the money was just sitting there, people felt more comfortable and began to take it.

    I think people were having trouble taking the money, because as Christopher said, “trust takes time to build.” When people saw that the booth said “free money” with a man standing there, they must have believed that it was a scam or that there was a catch to it. They did not trust that the money was really free. Most of the time, things are not free in life which made the people really doubtful that it was actually free.

    If it was me in the situation, I’m not too sure what I would do. Most likely if I saw the booth with the man standing there, I would walk away and pay no attention to it, but if I was to take money I wouldn’t feel right inside. I think is I saw the box of money sitting there with no one around it, I would take some.

  19. In the eyes of the world trust is to be gained by showing loyalty. Its easy to break trust but its even harder to regain it the second time. In the video it shows an experiment in which money is put in public and its available to be taken for free. I think people had trouble because of their guilty conscious. Everybody has a sense of pride and dignity, so it would be harder to take money than to earn it.

    But if I was in this situation I would have to walk by the money without attempting to touch it. My family showed me that money is a luxury that deserves to be earned not given. But I have to agree with Janina since she has a point, the video gave off a cringe type vibe and also the people that were a part of the social experiment maybe had lower standards to what money really is. Every person has a different pair of eyes for a reason

  20. The video “Take the Money…And Run?” is interesting from a psychological standpoint. In Cassandra’s post, she mentioned how, from a very early age, we are taught to not take anything given from strangers, especially things that are free. And, to be fair, that is a good lesson to teach young children, because the free puppy or free candy usually ends up not being free, and costs several thousand dollars in therapy. People as a whole don’t trust people they don’t know. Even people we do know, we barely trust.

    I find the phrase mentioned “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is” very interesting. It makes me think about why we consider it like that. Is our society so untrusting, so fearful, that we ignore things in case everything doesn’t turn out sunny side up? I believe this stems from a base instinct, fear. We fear punishment, or pain. Or worst of all, looking stupid. Today is a day and age where social status and stigma seems to be very important to everyone. All it takes is twenty minutes, watching people go about their day to day lives. You’ll see how some people carry themselves, how some glance around at others while they walk, who talks under their breath. You see a fear, buried underneath the Ray Bans sunglasses and underneath the plucked eyebrow. We are all conformists. We seek to fit in, blend in, merge with the crowd and become one large entity. Even those who like to stick out and be ‘quirky’ do it in very predictable ways and are just parts of a smaller, yet still mass, consensus. Looking stupid in public through being surprised or scared, which is something the people in the video feared, is the last thing anyone wants. Stick to the faceless, 1984 mass and don’t read the fine print.

    I speak like a surveyor of people, an outsider, standing at a window and looking in at humanity. I speak like people make decisions that are stupid. But, in all fairness, I would probably do the same. I would keep walking, head down, regardless of the riches promised to me. Everything is easier to judge in hindsight.

  21. As Samara stated “In the world we live in today trust is something highly valued and for most people it is so valued that it must be earned.” I completely agree with this statement, because it is very true that today we are so cautious about who we surround ourselves with. We are so afraid to be hurt or played that we build up these walls and block people out, but once we establish trust we break those barriers. As I viewed the video titled “Take the Money…and Run,” I started to wonder whether or not I would take the money. In terms of the prompt, I believe that people had trouble taking the money because they were afraid to trust. If I was in that type of situation I think I would be very hesitant. I would begin to think that there would be a prank, or some sort of consequence when taking the money. I would think that getting free money would be too good to be true. Had the person at the booth been there I believe I would have been less afraid to take the money. This social experiment, if you will, has shown that with accepting something from a stranger trust is often lacking. In conclusion, this proves that trust is something that develops over time and without it can often lead those to hesitation and fear.

  22. In the experiment shown in the video, a booth is set up in a public area with a container filled with money. The sign on the booth is titled “free money” and inside is the video host. As people are walking by he offers the cash to them, telling people to trust him. Almost everyone hesitated, before taking the cash, others just walked by. This is a common response for most in this kind of situation, many were taught to not trust easily, especially if someone is handing money out like candy. The feeling of trust is a process that takes time, this emotion does not happen suddenly.

    A good example is the first woman that approaches the booth, after asking a series of questions and jabbing her hand in and out of the container to see if anything happened. Finally she asks the host for a pinkie promise before making off with the cash. The process of asking questions and a request for a pinkie promise was assurance that nothing bad will come after taking the money. As Collin stated, “They want reward, but more importantly they want to avoid consequence.” If I were to encounter this situation I would probably ignore it like most people, I don’t trust easily when it comes to strangers.

  23. I found the social experiment on “free money” very interesting. When i first watched this video i thought it might have been a prank. I think it is okay to trust people but trust is something earned not just givin. Trusting a stranger is very hard because you don’t know what could happen and that’s scary. When trusting someone their appearance can be a trick, sometimes the sketchiest looking people are actually the nicest. Althea put it, as “Anything offered for free is dangerous, frightening, and at times risky.” I agree with her. Hearing about someone giving out free money is unheard of and I would not trust that.
    To answer the prompt “How would you handle that situation if it were you?” I would ignore them and walk by and sit down a good distance away and observe them. I would want to see what happened when someone went for the free money and watch to see what happened to them. Whether someone was there or not I wouldn’t go take the money. Personally I find it more sketchy with no one there offering me the money.

  24. People were hesitant to take the money because in our culture, money equals success so when that object that is so high on everyone’s pedestal is given away for nothing then you have to believe that it there is a catch. Whereas, if they did the same experiment, but with a different object for example food, then they would get different results because food is a more common item that doesn’t contribute to the amount of someone’s wealth and it wouldn’t have anything to do with trust. It is also fairly common to see people giving away food for no reason like sharing food with friends or getting samples at Costco. Like chanel said, “When people are put into the position to try new and unfamiliar things, they are sometimes hesitant.” Giving away free money is a new and unfamiliar concept to people because it is how we value wealth and most people do not want to give away their wealth. So it’s not a matter of trust, but of being introduced to a new concept or new idea.

    Unlike, the first few people in the video who clearly heard the host say, “Free Money,” but kept walking, I would most likely have approached the guy and asked if it was true and when he said yeah, I would have taken some of the money, but probably not all.

  25. People have come to believe that nothing in this world is free anymore. The assumption that there is always “a catch” is what keeps people distant from anything unknown to them. The people in the free money experiment were hesitant to take the money because of a lack of mutual trust. The scene is sketchy. A random person attempting to convince people to come forward for free money usually sends out alarms to a normal bystander. The possibility of a scam comes to mind. There is a tendency to keep on walking away from new encounters until you know exactly what it is. As Collin states it, “as long as his motive is unclear to the people, suspicions will deter people until they feel either greedy enough to go for the money, or safe enough to face whatever consequences may be present.” If I were to ever encounter that free money experiment, I would not always have a consistent response. It really depends on what I have and what I would be exposed to at the time. If I was in a group, they would either be my encouraging risk-takers or supporting moral compass. If I was walking alone, my choice would be to follow the crowd because of the overwhelming uncertainty of the booth’s legitimacy. My decision would have to rely on my sense of trust and risk-taking that day. Yet, after being affiliated with this clip that centers around trust, I would certainly have more trust in any new encounters, especially in a creepy man who is offering free cash.

  26. The video, called “Take the money… and Run?”, explains exactly how humans can be. Often times, people are too afraid to lose their dignity. What makes people worry is the fact that they could have trusted their gut feeling but because they chose a separate route it ended in them being wrong and losing their dignity. The truth is nobody wants to admit they fell for a scam. We as humans are made to trust our instincts and never deviate from it, but sometimes its good to take risks as well. In fact, if we don’t we miss out on so many opportunities because of those “what ifs” affecting our judgement. In my perspective, if you dont take a risk once in a while, you’ll miss out on the chance to be awarded with something new.

    Realistically nobody would accept the money placed if they are felt to be present with somebody who can ultimately be untruthful. The question rises, why would anybody want to help someone out? and the judgement starts rolling in, people believe that their initial judgement would be sufficient enough to not bring them into any trouble. I believe that if a kid was brought to the booth, they would not hesitate to take the money at free will. That only shows that people as they grow are hesitant to rejection or the idea that they have failed or are guilty. As Kevin M. put it best, “Everybody has a sense of pride and dignity, so it would be harder to take money than to earn it”. This ideology sets that people must give something up in order to deserve something causing people to reject the idea that anything could be given so easily.

    If it were me in the situation, I would probably fall for the prank, if it were a prank. Not because I believe things should be given, but because I am easily fooled. My ideal situation is one where there is no judgement and if somebody says something it’s because they mean it to be in the way it’s interpreted. I am, sadly, very gullible. But hey, in this case I would receive a couple of bucks! I believe there are people that believe things are too good to be true cause they have been denied that right in the past, but seeing it from an optimistic view there can really be no negative side to a situation. If I were fooled I would think at least it was a good laugh. In this I will end with the quote, “It’s better to have loved and lost, than to have never have loved at all”, I believe that this quote ties similarly with the concept I am trying to explain.

  27. The video “Take the Money… and Run?” begins with a saying many have heard: “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Mistrust and fear has allowed humans to survive thus far, therefore it is no surprise that fear and mistrust still exists within people. Time and time again, people experience situations that further prove the idea that nothing in life comes without a price.
    This is especially true within American culture. Americans are taught to be individualists and to work hard for what they want. As a result, when they are presented with a situation where money (or anything in general) is given out for free, they can’t help but feel that there is something expected of them or that there are “strings attached”.

    If I found myself in a similar situation, I would probably walk away. The money in that box is not enough to convince me that it is worth the risk. As Samara said, “We are often told not to trust too easily or not to trust at all due to a feared outcome.” Not only that, but somehow the value of that free money would diminish in my eyes. When I’ve worked for something, the end result or prize seems to have more value than when it is “handed” to me.

  28. In the world we live in today, people are like sharks; sharks hungry for power, wealth, and high social status. We, as a society, have been conditioned to think that the unknown is a scary concept that should be avoided at all costs. Just as my mom always warned me to inspect my Halloween candy before eating it because “you never know what someone could have put in it,” I am an example of a child socialized to be aware and afraid of the unknown. In today’s society it is not uncommon to be distrusting of the motivations and intentions of others; after all, people are greedy and are willing to do anything for self-promotion.

    In this instance in which people are being given free money, it was not surprising to see the suspicion people were experiencing. This social experiment was particularly interesting because it deals with money. The saying goes, “money doesn’t grow on trees.” Everyone seems to have a clear idea of the value of money and the hard work it takes to obtain it. As Jaydalynn said, “You don’t give money away just because, there has to be some sort of reason.” People who approached the free money booth were so reluctant to actually take the money because it just seemed “too good to be true,” as the video put it.

    If I were put in this situation, I would immediately try to think of any sort of motivation for someone to give away free money. To me, it seems bizarre to think that anyone who had spare cash would be willing to give it away to complete strangers. I would not hesitate to avoid the free money booth, and recognize that it is the type of fear driven socialization that leads me to think in such ways.

  29. From a young age, we are told to not talk to strangers. We learn to not trust others, starting from the stranger danger videos and books that have been forced into our minds. Because we as a society have learned to be suspicious from such a young age, that distrust transcends into our adulthoods and leads to untrusting adults. We have built our walls up so high that when a too good to be true opportunity arises, we hesitate to accept.

    In the video Take the Money… and Run?, a television show called Brain Games runs a social experiment on people’s hesitation to trust. The host of the show, Jason Silva, stands inside a bright green booth with a sign in big letters saying “FREE MONEY”. He tests to see if people are willing to trust Silva and take the free money truthfully saying that there are no strings attached to the cash. Most people are unwilling to take the money. They did not take the money because people have been conditioned from a young age to not trust strangers.

    Afterwards, Silva conducted the same experiment, except this time he was not inside the booth. The money was left in the open with no person there. It was only then, that someone was willing to go up to the booth and take the money. The person was most likely willing to go up to the booth because they did not have the judgement of a human there. Without a person in the booth, the variable of stranger danger is not present.

    If I were in the same position, I would take the money. Although I do not see myself as an optimist, I believe I am more of an optimistic realist. If I saw a man in a booth with free money, I would most likely take the money. Although, I would most likely ask multiple questions first to make sure there are no consequences if I take the money. Like Jaydalynn B. pointed out, “If we did not take free candy from strangers as kids, why would we take free money from strangers?”, it has been ingrained into our brains to not accept freebies. I have been constantly reminded and told to not trust strangers, with good reasoning, but at some point I should put my guard down. But if I am constantly keeping my guard up, I close myself off to new opportunities.

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