Everyone knows that New Zealanders are probably the nicest people on the planet. The Kiwi ethos is to always look out for folks in need and to take care of one another. Not that we needed more proof, but an Auckland-based social experiment just provided it using a hidden camera with an older actor pretending to be short a few dollars to pay for his groceries. Instead of growing impatient, the people in the line see an opportunity to do a good deed: Four times, the customer behind him in line steps up and insists on paying.
The best part comes at the end of the video when the Good Samaritan shoppers are told that because of their generosity and kindness, Co-Operative Bank, which sponsored the experiment, would pick up the tab for all their groceries. The video has been seen 4,910,550 times on Facebook.
Looking out for each other is a very much a part of the Kiwi psyche, so it’s little surprise that this Auckland-based social experiment (involving an elderly actor pretending to be a few dollars short) has become an instant hit.
Seriously, does it get any more heart-warming than this?
That is a really neat experiment. Heart warming to see how quickly people were prepared to come forward and assist the man when he was short of funds. Also nice for the cooperative bank to reward those people in such a generous way. So I ask God to bless those lovely people who offered to help the man, and further ask for Gods blessings and favour to be over the cooperative bank and the staff who work for them.
A video showing the generosity of four Kiwis to an elderly man unable to pay for his groceries has gone viral.
The video was posted by Co-operative Bank as part of a social experiment to see how generous Kiwis were towards strangers.
The video shows an old man, played by an actor at a supermarket, checkout trying to pay for his groceries, but he’s $2 short.
About to leave his items behind, four people on separate occasions waiting in line behind him offer to cover the $2.
For their kindness, the four are surprised with having their groceries paid for them by the Co-operative bank.
“It was my good deed for the day,” one of the good Samaritans says.
“I just wanted to do something nice for somebody.”