A Social Experiment (with Video)

Watch this video before you go further please.

Video description: A prankster named Johal puts on dark sunglasses and uses a mobility cane (not a cane for people with visual impairments) and confronts 4 people with a lottery ticket that has some sort of label saying “WINNER” on it. The first person he came across was while he was standing up against a wall. Someone, appearing middle to high class, walked past and Johal asked if it was a winner, stated that his Mom gave it to him and he was told it was a winner but just wanted to confirm it. He stated he was waiting for his mom to pick him up. The stranger looks at the ticket, and then immediately looks all around checking out his surroundings, and then just walks off. The second person he encounters is while walking and he passes another higher class individual, goes through the same routine. The other individual then states that it isn’t a winner and says that he’ll take care of throwing away the ticket, and then Johal states that he wants to take it back.. they go back and forth. Finally, he takes off his sunglasses and tells the man that he isn’t really blind. The man then drops it on the ground, yells “BULL****” and walks off very upset. Johal then asked two homeless people, the first a guy and then the second a woman. Both told him it was a big winner and Johal rewarded them with $10 for food for their honesty. The guy said he hadn’t ate anything since the day prior.

First, it was a little strange that he was using a mobility cane. And even though it wasn’t the right kind of cane, he could have at least done a little research into how to use a cane.. a little odd but regardless, it worked, people believed that he was blind.

Second, I could yet I couldn’t believe that. As a person with a visual impairment, that is something that we worry about from time to time, that we are going to get taken advantage of. There is a certain amount of trust that we have to have in some people in our community that we don’t really know. As I continue to lose more vision, I can see this becoming more of a concern for me. I still couldn’t believe how blatantly dishonest these people were, and GREEDY! Karma definitely would have come back to bite them. On the other hand, I can believe this.. I have been treated pretty bad due to my disability and there are a lot of crooked people out there. Just seeing this video was a little alarming though.

What are your thoughts?

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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