Suppose you were walking down a street in your town and you came to a man, lying on the sidewalk asking for help (or by the side of the road if you don't have a sidewalk). It's broad daylight, and there are other people around, but he's asking you. You don't know what type of help he is asking for. Let's assume he's "average" -- in his 30s, dressed like a blue collar worker (not rags, not a business suit), the same race you are, carrying no possessions, and he doesn't smell awful or look crazed. Would you ask what's wrong and try to help, go on about your business and hope somebody else helps him, or avoid eye contact and not care at all? Maybe he had a heart attack and needs an ambulance. Maybe he tripped and twisted his ankle. Maybe he's homeless and needs a blanket. But maybe he's drunk, wants to beg for money, or was injured while escaping from prison. It's admirable to try to help someone, and that might be your instinct. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." But there are plenty of reasons not to get involved. You might always be in a hurry with too much to do. You might worry about doing the wrong thing and hurting the guy. You might worry about getting sued (we've all heard those stories). You might not want to get involved in case there's crime involved. You might be wary about it being a trick of some kind. "No use asking for trouble." So this is a little personality self-assessment. What would you be most likely to do? Or has this actually happened to you? I'm particularly interested in whether people from small towns are more likely to help a random stranger than people in big cities.