The day after Obama was elected we took to the streets with 3 cameras, $1600 cash, a camper and a comedian. The idea was to put a guy in various strategically chosen Chicago locations and video tape him while attempting to hand out singles, fives and tens to strangers. Needless to say, I was nervous going into the first day. I worried we’d run out of money. I worried people would stand around and hound the guy for more cash. I expected a swarm of homeless people. None of this happened. Not even close.
First and most surprising, most people didn’t take the cash. Those who did were very gracious. A lot of people made thoughtful suggestions like “I don’t need it, but there’s a guy around the corner who might.” And then there were a number of really memorable reactions—a few ladies offered hugs, many offered him money and one guy took our comedian for a ride around the block in his limo.
I’ll skip the obnoxious feel-good evaluation of the general population and simply direct you to the videos posted online so you can see for yourself that the world isn’t as greedy as you might expect. BE WARNED: this is advertising, so if you’re not interested in a word from our sponsor, don’t click the link and forget you ever read this post. However, if you do find your way to the videos, please enjoy.