The "Primetime" limited series "What Would You Do?" uses hidden cameras and actors to see how people react when put in provocative situations. The program takes real-life situations, some of them straight from the headlines, and records the everyday dilemmas that test character and values. Will people be compelled to act or just mind their own business? ABC News correspondent John Quiñones reports on peoples' split-second - and often surprising - decision-making process, when "Primetime: What Would You Do?" premieres Friday, May 7 on ABC.
From light-hearted situations to potentially life-threatening scenarios, the May 2010 season episodes include:
* THE GIRL WHO HAD TOO MUCH: How will people react when they witness a young woman - seemingly intoxicated at a bar - and a male stranger who approaches and tries to take her home? Does it make a difference if the girl is dressed provocatively and seems "out to party?" Will people try to help the young woman or just turn the other way?
* LOTTO: In these troubled economic times, more and more people are playing the Lotto. What happens when a store clerk turns out to be a crook and tries to pocket the winnings of his customers? Will people stand up and do the right thing? And what happens when the clerk offers onlookers a piece of the action?
* BATTERED WOMAN: Domestic violence is a serious problem in America, with many cases of abuse going unrecorded. "What Would You Do?" brings a couple into a New Jersey diner, with a professional make-up artist creating the illusion of bruises on the woman, and a man with a bad temper and a bad attitude. Will fellow diners try to help the woman when she seems in obvious danger? Or will patrons sit back and eat their meals without intervening?
* SHE CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE: What happens when a mother gets so fed up with her children's misbehaving in the backseat of the car that she forces them out after a dispute and tells them to walk home. Will people try to help? Will they confront the mother? Or will onlookers feel that this is an appropriate recourse for a mother at the end of her rope?
* BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC: "What Would You Do?" explores how people react when a restaurant manager harasses a mother who is breastfeeding her baby in plain view of others. Will people become enraged? Will they get up and walk out? Hidden cameras capture their reactions.
"What Would You Do?" has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, as well as the Avon Foundation's 2006 Voice of Change Award. The foundation called the program "an important work of journalism that illustrates the unwillingness of many people to become involved or speak out against domestic violence." The Columbia Journalism Review has also praised the series as a "candid camera of ethics."
David Sloan is the executive producer of "What Would You Do?"
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