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(Fox8) Yousef Saleh Erakat says his biggest fear is getting kidnapped. He wanted to know how strangers would react if the unthinkable happened. Would they help him? Or would they ignore him?

With the help fouseyTube, Erakat created a social experiment. He ran to strangers and told them he had been kidnapped. The entire experiment was captured on hidden cameras.

It may be difficult to watch as Erakat runs up to strangers and yells that “some man in a jacket” attempted to put him in a vehicle.

The reactions of many strangers will restore your faith in humanity, however the reactions of others may leave cause for concern. One man shook the hands of the “kidnapper” and walked away.

“I would get home early from school and sit on my front lawn until my parents came home because I felt like someone was inside my house waiting for me,” Erakat wrote. “This video was a way for me to express that fear in an artistic way and also spread positive change as to why it is important to act when put into these types of situations.”

If you were in a similar situation, what would you? That’s the question Erakat wants everyone to ask themselves.


  • brohdaw

    MyTakeOnIt…yes, that's a possibility but someone could pull a gun on you anywhere, anytime…most likely if someone wants to ignore the situation they are going to walk away – and if they want to help, they are not going to shoot right out of the blue with no physical threats. Neither the child nor Yousef threatened anyone in a way that would cause either of these types of people to shoot – threaten with a gun, maybe but not actually use it! Only a person who would use it at any time would have used it here. This is the type of video that should be viral on Facebook compared to the other stuff that's a waste of time, this is what kids should be learning! again, I'm sure the gun thing can happen – but the benefits to this video out-weigh that happening. My kids are older now (but not immune!) and I'm thankful these people are willing to take the time to do this – the article states, "Some reactions may restore your faith in humanity" but the very making of this video restores my faith in humanity…means we haven't given up, we haven't let the abductors win, and we are STILL educating! A thousand-thumbs-up!!!

    • MyTakeOnIt

      There are so many unstable people out here that you never know when a social experiment or practical joke will go wrong. That is when everyone gets up in arms (pun not intended) about the wisdom of trying things like this. I did not watch this video because I can never seem to get video to work and really rely on the words of the story. To my dismay, stories are often poorly written with omissions. I toss my two cents in about my take on it. How did the local police feel about it?

  • brohdaw

    I can't turn the volume up right now but I don't think there's any reference to the opinions of the local police – I was a little "twinged" by the mace being sprayed but she didn't know…I'm up in the air about police right now…I've seen so many articles with negative police reports/actions that I'm not even sure I trust them any longer…but then you turn around and see two officers having some fun (football) with kids – so you never know who's opinion you're considering…police included!

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