"What Would You Do?" will patrons step in to help a woman


Will restaurant patrons step in to help a woman with visible bruises who is being verbally abused by her male companion? How will onlookers react to a mother who kicks her misbehaving kids out of the car?

And will strangers come to the aid of a mom who’s being harassed for breastfeeding in public? Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process, on “Primetime: What Would You Do?,” airing FRIDAY, September 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (OAD: 5/14/10)

This series shows what people actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Friday’s scenarios include:
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. Do fellow diners try and help the woman when she seems in obvious danger, or do patrons continue to 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 – fed up to the point of forcing them out after a dispute and tells them to walk home? Will people confront the mother or will they feel that what is an appropriate form of punishment is better left to the mother, even if she is at the end her rope?

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC: “What Would You Do?” explores how people react when a restaurant manager harasses a mother breastfeeding her baby in plain view of others. Do people become enraged?

(source: ABC)