What will happen when a manager at a health store denies a job applicant based on her appearance? Will anyone say anything when they witness elder abuse? Some cases seem to cry out for action – while others seem to present a choice. What would YOU do?"
Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process. “Primetime: What Would You Do?” airs FRIDAY, APRIL 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week’s scenarios include:
- The Proposal: A man tells fellow diners at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day that he is about to propose to his girlfriend who is meeting him there. After she arrives, and he excuses himself from the table, she is heard on her cell phone talking to another lover. Will anyone warn the man about her call before he pops the question? What will happen when the man popping the question is the one who is unfaithful?
- Overweight Discrimination: When a manager at a health food/nutrition store tells an overweight woman applying for a job that she is not a good fit for the position, will any of the customers say anything?
- Will Con: A young woman being very solicitous to her elderly friend is really trying to get him to sign over his house, freezing his own kids out of the will. Will any diners intervene when they witness this elder abuse?
“Primetime: What Would You Do?” has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Avon Foundation’s 2006 Voice of Change award for exposing “injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream.” The Columbia Journalism Review has called the program “a Candid Camera of Ethics.
David Sloan is executive producer and Danielle Baum Rossen is the senior broadcast producer of “What Would You Do?”