In a restaurant, a mother was seen mistreating her foster son. She displayed favoritism toward her biological daughter while constantly belittling her foster son. If you happened to witness such unfair and prejudiced behavior, what would you do? Would you speak up and make a difference, or just quietly sit by and mind your own business?
A family of three, consisting of a mom, a boy, and a girl, sat down for a meal in a restaurant. The boy, of African-American heritage, was a foster child. There was nothing unusual about this scene till onlookers overheard what the mother said.
Instead of embracing her foster son with love, the mom told him that he was just a “job” to her, and that he wasn’t worthy to be treated the same way as her biological daughter.
When the boy went to the restroom, the mother told her biological daughter that she was taking in the boy so as to receive the monthly pay check of around $713. Despite being paid for the “job,” she would only allow the boy to spend $4 on this meal.
While the girl enjoyed her milkshake, the boy sat staring at it. The mom said curtly, “You can have the leftovers.”
The mother ordered a large plate of french fries and a hamburger for herself and her biological daughter, while her foster son got only fries.
Each time the girl misbehaved, the mom reprimanded the boy for influencing her. She constantly belittled the boy, even threatening to “send him back.”
Eventually, the boy couldn’t take it anymore and broke down in tears.
The mom’s favoritism and mistreatment toward her foster son irked the onlookers.
Fortunately, this “family of three” was engaged by ABC’s reality TV show “What would you do?” The staged social experiment was just to test the restaurant patrons to see their reactions.
But sadly, the scene was so true to life. Nearly one-third of the foster children in Oregon and Washington state reported being abused by a foster parent or another adult in a foster home, according to Youth Today.
Worse still, some adults shamefully took in foster children simply to cash in the government monthly paycheck. The parent receives approximately $713 for each foster child a month.
Thankfully, the onlookers’ incredible reactions proved that hope for humanity is not lost. They bravely stood up and protected the boy. One woman offered to treat him with a burger, milkshake, and everything. One man called the mother “evil.”
If this social experiment can teach us anything, it has taught us to courageously stand up against injustice, just as American writer William Faulkner famously said: “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world … would do this, it would change the earth.”
Watch people’s responses in the video below: