This video shows a young white man, a young black man, and a young blonde woman all separately pretend to try to steal a bike in a public park with hidden cameras, and it’s brilliant. I was in shock when someone actually goes over and openly offers to help the woman steal the bike.
I would love to do something like this, stage a situation in which people of varying ages, races, and genders do the same thing in public to see what the results would be. I wonder if they’d be quite different in Australia.
I remember my old housemate got a flat tyre and she was out the front of our place in Fitzroy, which is fairly inner city Melbourne, and I asked her if she needed a hand and she laughed and said no, then told me about how since she’d started, every single man who’d walked past had asked her if she needed a hand, and when she’d declined and said she’d almost gotten it, they’d all responded, ‘really? you sure?’ and legitimately been gobsmacked she was doing it alone. I know that’s also a question of physical strength because tyres are heavy and she is an average built girl but still, even if it were a guy her build, I’m willing to bet money hardly anyone would’ve offered a hand.