If you saw a man peering suspiciously into several cars, would you say something?
An investigative report by 5 Eyewitness News questions whether or not Minnesota nice extends to protecting the safety of others.
The news channel held an undercover investigation where a police officer, dressed in business attire, strolled through a parking lot peering into cars to project the idea that he might commit a crime. Of the many pedestrians who saw him, not one reported him to the police. Shockingly the only person who confronted him directly was a 16-year-old, who said she felt compelled to confront his suspicious behavior.
The investigation proves that pedestrians are less likely to report suspicious behavior when others are around. Pedestrians either assume that others will act, or they take others inactivity as an excuse to not act themselves.
Professionals advise that pedestrians should be direct when asking for help and allow their natural personalities to override uncertainty in suspicious situations—a good reminder to keep an eye out and do right by your fellow Minnesotans.