02/21/2013 05:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Swedish Teen Creates 'Beggar' To Show We Don't Care About Homeless People

When Adam, a 13-year-old Swedish boy, was assigned to create a street-art project, he decided to use it as an opportunity to devise a social experiment. The innovative seventh grader built a "beggar" out of supplies he had around the house, placed him on a number of street corners in Gothenburg and waited to see how passersby would react, he told The Huffington Post in an email.

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Most people just walked by and “tried hard not to look at the beggar,” Adam said in his email. After a few hours, the homeless man had earned a little more than $1 and Adam gave the money away to an actual person without shelter.

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While the beggar didn't get that much money, Adam learned a lesson about helping the less fortunate that he hopes people will take to heart.

“I think that homelessness is something that affects many people and I believe that many do not know how they should relate to the homeless, whether to give money or not," the precocious teen said. "I hope [the project] might teach people to really see each other litle bit more."

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