Homeless Man Experiment

I found a video while scrolling through Facebook of an experiment carried out by a dude with a homeless man (Sandy). The video shows Sandy immaculately dressed and groomed like a business person. He went on the street, while pretending to be on a phone call, and stopped random persons asking them for change to buy food or to take the subway. Dressed as the business person, everyone he stopped tried to help him out. One man even gave him 5 bucks. Sandy then changed into his raggedy clothes and went back and not surprisingly, no one gave him any money. What was really interesting was when Sandy stopped a fellow homeless man, and he too was willing to give Sandy money.

I’m curious about why this is so. What’s the psychology behind this behavior? Why are we more willing to help the needy that the poor and homeless? Let me hear your thoughts.

Here’s the video: