New York - A “social experiment” video on the difference between Russia and Dubai has sparked the interest of thousands across the world.
New York – A “social experiment” video on the difference between Russia and Dubai has sparked the interest of thousands across the world.
The nearly four-minute video is composed of several scenes in which an actor drops his wallet on purpose while walking the streets of a Russian city, during the first half of the footage, and does the same thing in Dubai, during the second half.
The results of the experiment are stark and will leave you speechless. When the man dropped his wallet in Russia, passersby saw it as an opportunity to steal it or steal its contents in broad daylight, without returning it to the owner who was just a few feet from them.
Some people even ran away with the wallet or put it in their pockets and kept walking as if nothing had happened.
Russian men and women reacted the same way when presented with the opportunity to take something that did not belong to them.
Conversely, when the man walked the streets of Dubai, and pranked Dubai residents the same way as the Russians – dropping his wallet on purpose – their reactions were just the opposite.
In Dubai the actor dropped his wallet multiple times and every single time someone either picked it up and handed it back to him or immediately warned him of the mishap verbally, so he could retrieve it himself.
Given that this is not a controlled scientific experiment, the passers’ by religion may not be the only factor at play here. The video may not have controlled for socio-economic factors, such as poverty and wealth.
The actor expressed surprise and gratitude for the honesty of the passersby who alerted him of his loss. He even tried offering them money for their generous action, which they refused, simply saying, “no problem!”
The actor joked with the Dubai residents several times saying, “Thank you! In London I would’ve dropped this and it would’ve been gone before it hit the ground.”
Sarkazm TV channel creates “social experiment” and “prank videos” to illustrate the differences between cultures with respect to public behavior and actions.
The video posted earlier this month on Sarkazm TV’s Facebook page has gone viral garnering over 7.3 million views and more than 158,000 shares.