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A man who planned a social experiment by posing as a homeless beggar and then giving passersby twice their money back said his plan was foiled when no one offered him a donation. Konrad Ydhage planned to sit in a relatively affluent area and ask strangers for one Kronor (about .14 U.S.). He planned to reward people’s generosity by giving them back more money they gave him. Ydhage said the problem was no one offered him any money while he was begging on the streets. Rather than give up, Ydhage decided to move his experiment to a nearby neighborhood that was a poor area populated mainly by immigrants. While begging in that neighborhood, he had the opportunity to reward 34 strangers who gave him money. Reflecting on the experience, Ydhage said, “It’s amazing how down I got after two hours in [the wealthy neighborhood]. I really got no reaction at all. It felt like they hated me. But in [the poorer area], the people were so kind. It felt like it confirmed my existence.”

Proverbs 19:17 (HCSB) Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will give a reward to the lender.

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