This is a show where members of the public are tested to see what they would do in certain situations. The show uses actors in set-up scenarios. The public don’t know these are actors or that the scene’s a set-up. There’s a camera nearby recording it all and the host of the show watching what’s going on from a hidden place.
The guy trying to change his flat tire is an actor pretending to be a Muslim. The test is to see how many people will offer to help him. Not many people do. Only two. Including this young man.
His name is Dominic.
Dominic shakes the man’s hand, extending a Muslim greeting. He asks him what’s wrong then straightaway offers to help, all full of enthusiasm.
Grabbing the spare, the man asks Dominic if he’s sure he can afford the time to help him. He replies he’s sure. “Don’t worry about me. It’s what I do”.
The man then says he appreciates being helped as he thought no one would because he’s Muslim.
Dominic’s reply to that was quite wise and profound. One of the things he said is that we point fingers at those we don’t understand, we label them – “because it’s easier for us at the end of the day to blame it on you.”
The host and the actor are hooked up via wire. The host asks the actor to offer him some money, at which Dominic promptly refuses. “I accept love. I don’t want no money from you, bro”. The hidden crew watching him are really touched by that.
The host finally comes out, tells the young man what the show’s about. Dominic laughs and jokingly calls them charlatans!
The host asked him why he did what he did and he said he just loves helping people.
He also has a tattoo which symbolises mental alchemy, turning the negative to positive.
In parting, Dominic shares his belief that we are all one – tracing our lineage far back enough, we all are – siblings – and that we should therefore help and not judge each other.
What a heart. Very inspiring. Beautiful.