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05/08/2014 06:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Social Experiment Reveals Our Biases When 'Homeless' Man And 'Businessman' Collapse In Street

If you saw a person collapse on the street, what would you do?

YouTuber NorniTube decided to take to the streets of Paris to test how pedestrians would react if he collapsed, and what role his appearance would play.

Would people help him if he collapsed wearing a suit? What if he were dressed as a homeless man?

As you might have guessed, not one person helped when he was made to look homeless in this social experiment. Some passers-by looked slightly concerned, others nonchalantly walked past. No one stopped -- even when he called out. When he's dressed in a suit and falls in exactly the same way in the same location, however, reactions are stunningly different.

"I've never been so sad and shocked while filming as I was for this experience," says the video creator. "I hope this video will make you want to help anyone regardless of their appearance."

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