A clergyman discarded his dog collar and dressed as a homeless man to ask for help on a British street. Here’s what happened.
We worry that Britain is becoming a less neighbourly – but half of us admit we would not even stop to help an elderly person crying in the street, stark new research shows.
Only one in seven of us would lend our mobile phone to a young person who said they were stranded and needed to make an urgent call and only a quarter of us would do so for someone who looked like a businessman or woman, it found.
Despite this two thirds of us worry that Britain is becoming “less kind” as a society.
And one in five of us has been in a situation where we needed help in a public place but no-one stopped, according to the study.
The findings emerge from polling by YouGov commissioned by the Bible Society charity as part of a new campaign to teach a new generation the story of the Good Samaritan.
As part of the research, the charity also conducted a series of experiments on a typical British street to test whether people would help a stranger in need.
In one test the Rev Sam King, minister of Calne Baptist Church in Wiltshire was filmed asking strangers in Reading, Berkshire, if he could borrow their mobile phone to call a friend who had not turned up to meet him.
He received a stream of offers from passers-by.
He was then made up to look like a homeless man and asked the same question, even offering people money to pay for the call, but all but one walked past.
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