-- When People See a Situation that Cries Out for Action,Do They Step Up and Say Something or Step Away?
When you think no one is watching… 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. “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” airs FRIDAY, JUNE 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Friday, June 5 scenarios include:
• America’s foster care system can be a lifeline for approximately 400,000 kids who need a place to call home. But sometimes the people who volunteer to take these kids in do it for the wrong reasons. What will happen when diners at a restaurant witness a foster mom treating her foster son differently from her biological daughter? Clearly the mom is in it just for the money.
• What happens when a young white woman with an urban style is told by a sales person at a clothing store that she should not try to dress the part of a black woman? How will other customers react?
• Recently a video went viral, showing a father pushing his six year old son down a 12 foot skateboard ramp. In this “What Would You Do?” scenario, a father is pushing his young son to go down a ramp, even though the boy is uncomfortable. The boy pleads with his dad, and tells him that he is just not ready - but the father will not take no for an answer. How will bystanders react?
• A mother and son are having a conversation at a toy store – she had promised him one toy, but now she can’t afford it. The mom apologizes and tells her son that times are hard, and says she will try to get it for him another time. What will other customers do?
• An unhygienic ice cream store employee touches and (and even tastes!) your ice cream, right in front of you. The worker is coughing and sneezing, using dirty utensils and even dropping items on the ground, and still tries to serve them. How will customers react?
“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 bring the issue of domestic violence to the mainstream.”
Danielle Rossen is executive producer of “What Would You Do?”