Someone Falls Down on the Sidewalk: What Do You Do?

Cordero said people's caring reactions to the scenario are a testament to her strong community. "Around here, I don't know, we stick up for each other," she said. "We look out for each other. It doesn't matter who it is."

Helping the Homeless

We were impressed with everyone's generosity and concern, but we wondered what would happen if instead of a well-dressed businesswoman, the person in need was a homeless man.

It was time to send in Mick O'Rourke, a stuntman dressed in tattered, dirty clothing. Just like Stokes-Smyj, he fell to the ground in front of a stream of pedestrians. But while help was instantaneous before, no one was quite as eager to step in this time around.

A young woman stared over her shoulder as she walked by.

"I'm scared, I don't know. It's not safe," she told Quinones after she left the scene. "I would probably stay out of this. I'll just look and leave."

One man said that if he decided to get involved, he may have been putting himself in danger.

"Especially in this area, you don't know," said Peter McKnight. "People come up with all kinds of scams, all kinds of situations to try and take advantage of being nice. And therefore, you have to be very careful."

It took several minutes, but eventually people did step up to the plate. While many called 911, a few people even searched through O'Rourke's tattered clothes to find his medicine.

"It shouldn't matter -- people, you've got to help them," said Charles Mobley, who came to our actor's rescue. "They need help, help 'em. Just reach out. What if it was you? What if it was me?"

Homeless Not Considered 'Fully Human'?

While bystanders rushed to the side of our female stuntwoman in mere seconds, it took much longer for anyone to help the homeless man.

We asked social psychologist Jack Dovidio of Yale University why people reacted so differently.

"The good part about human beings is that we have a capacity to connect and experience concern and sympathy for others. The bad part is we often decide who's worth caring about," Dovidio explained.

"And in this case, a homeless person is a member of a group that we don't care about, that we don't see as fully human. And therefore, we don't respond the way we would to other people."

The Last Hurdle

At the end of the day, we decided to give our unknowing passersby one more test. If they thought this homeless man had been drinking, and perhaps was at fault for his own situation, would they still be moved to help?

O'Rourke collapsed on the ground again, but this time he had a can of beer in his hand. Immediately, two men walked right past him. One spat on the ground as he went by.

"Wow, a beautiful view of New Jersey," said another woman as she stepped around him and continued down the street.

Eleven minutes ticked by and in total, 88 people walked right past.

An Unexpected Hero

Just as we began to think that no one would ever step in we saw a disabled woman limping slowly down the street toward our actor.

Linda Hamilton, who police told us is sometimes homeless herself, tried to get others to help. She didn't have a cell phone, but Hamilton made her presence known, standing right next to O'Rourke for several minutes, trying to get others to stop and call 911.

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