Friday, June 06, 2008

Brits Fail To Cash In On Free £5 Notes

The full extent of Britain’s financial inertia was laid bare today when passers-by in London and Manchester were offered a free £5 note, no strings attached.

Representatives from price comparison website, www.moneysupermarket.com wandered the streets this morning wearing sandwich boards offering a free £5 note to anyone who asked. Despite encountering over 1800 people, only 28 passers by bothered to take advantage of the offer.

The exercise was designed to illustrate that, credit crunch or no credit crunch, Brits are unwilling to take even the simplest steps to improve their financial situation.

Full story here.

5 Comments:

At 6/06/2008 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This only proves people distrust a "free lunch"

 
At 6/06/2008 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that it proves people still have enough self respect not to take handouts.

 
At 6/06/2008 1:47 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

This is not a very valid experiment. You would have to eliminate all the prudent people who have been taught that if it is too good to be true, it probably is.

You can't draw the following conclusion "Brits are unwilling to take even the simplest steps to improve their financial situation" until you determine why people refused.

 
At 6/06/2008 2:21 PM, Blogger randian said...

I wouldn't ask because I'd assume the offer wouldn't actually be fulfilled.

 
At 6/10/2008 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A number of people would simply tune him out to the extent of not even noticing that f pounds was being offered. Others probably thought he was crazy and perhaps dangerous, or distrusted the offer for some reason.

Tim

 

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