In this video, I wanted to see if random people would reject my service of pumping gas for them on a very cold day (using Texan standard). In a way, this session is the opposite of Day 45 – Putting Sunglasses on Random People, when I asked others to do random things for me.
The results were also the polar opposite. I got overwhelming ‘no’s instead of universal ‘yes’, like when I asked for strange favors. It’s interesting to see that people are more burdened by receiving unwanted favors than giving them. I had to convince a woman to get one yes out of five tries.
Learning: Sometimes it’s much easier to give than to take. Our human nature prevents us from owing favors from others. Next time if you want to get a rejection, just offer strangers random favors for no reason.