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Showing posts from December 22, 2005

what would you do?

Ethical Dilemma: What Would You Do? What would you do if you saw a young boy being berated by his baby sitter? The baby sitter doesn't raise a finger, but her words are degrading and harmful to the boy. You don't know the whole story, and you're not directly involved. What would you do? Intervene? Or mind your own business? ABC News was curious about this ethical dilemma, and hired two professional actors to play out the scene and examine at what people would do. Would it be possible to predict who will act -- and who won't? On a sunny day in September, the woman, Wynn Everett, and the boy, Jake Cherry, aged 8, went to a picnic area near a playground and acted out the scenario they had rehearsed. Situational Factors When Wynn began to berate Jake, it was clear that intervening wouldn't be an easy decision. One man within earshot kept reading his newspaper, and others walked right by. ABC News' hidden cameras showed that some women passing by appea