I gather that’s a fair question, isn’t it?
Konrad Ydhage and fellow friends from Youtube Channel STHLM Panda ventured out into the bustling concrete jungle of Inner City Stockholm. Apparently they had initially only aimed at Stureplan, the ‘Ground Zero’ of Stockholm’s CBD.
So they began panhandling in Stureplan and they persisted for two hours but nothing happened. Not a single coin nor note was given out to Konrad.
After that displeasing experience they headed out to Rinkeby, one of Stockholm’s most famous multicultural suburbs.
The result in Rinkeby? 245 Swedish crowns were collected, which according to Oanda’s exchange rate of today (3/9/2014) is roughly 34 USD.
The whole idea behind STHLM Panda’s films is to show how people react in different situations.
Konrad Ydhage tells Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that the difference lay in the degree of empathy. Those in Rinkeby who for some reason or another couldn’t afford to give him money, stopped instead to chat with him.
What are your thoughts? Was this a one-off? Was it a coincidence or do you perceive this experience as proof for a (global) behaviour pattern?
See the clip here: