Police play doctor to test citizens' gullibility

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18 Responses to “Police play doctor to test citizens' gullibility”

  1. Anonymous says:

    My experience in Turkey was that the people are generally very honest. Maybe they are too quick to be accomodating.

  2. dragonfrog says:

    I suspect the intercom bit is more of an indication of poor quality intercoms.

    My guess is the police said “I am a burglar, please open the door”, and a lot of people heard “bargle wargle wargle, crackle fuzz door”. So they cursed their stupid cheap building manager for never fixing the intercom, opened the door and went down to check who was there, like they always do.

  3. fendwick says:

    Wouldn’t the fact that they opened their doors tend to demonstrate that they weren’t so gullible as to believe that the a**hole on the street shouting ‘I am a burglar’ through a megaphone was telling the truth?

  4. arikol says:

    …those people actually get to live on their own and even raise children?

    This (the pill swallowing) probably comes down to acceptance of authority (for a primer see the Milgram experiment) but WHOA!

  5. fendwick says:

    I know, intercom =/=megaphone, but still…

  6. PTBartman says:

    Meanwhile, in different part of Istanbul a different kind of predator roams the street…

    [ dissolve to Woman #2 in her apartment ]

    [ Music: "Jaws Theme ]

    [ a knock at the door ]

    Woman #2: [ appoaches the door ] Yes?

    Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Mrs. Arlsbergerhh??

    Woman #2: Who?

    Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Mrs. Johnannesburrrr??

    Woman #2: Who is it?

    Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Flowers.

    Woman #2: Flowers? From whom?

    Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Plumber, ma’am..

    Woman #2: I don’t need a plumber. You’re that clever shark, aren’t you?

    Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Candygram.

    Woman #2: Candygram, my foot! Get out of here before I call the proper authorities. You’re the shark, and you know it.

    Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] I’m only a dolphin, ma’am..

    Woman #2: A dolphin? Well.. okay..

    [ she opens the door, as the shark pulls her screaming into the hallway ]

  7. pentomino says:

    “No! If I let you in, you’re going to sell me encyclopedias!”

  8. irksome says:

    “I’m Donald Trump and my campaign is not an obvious ploy to get higher TV ratings.”

  9. Nadreck says:

    Just after WWII a guy claiming to be a public health official rolled into a bank in Japan and distributed some new flu medicine to the staff. They were all dead in a few minutes and he was then free to loot the bank for a hour or so until opening time.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of the computer specialists who teach people about what to look for in phishing websites by first tricking the subjects with a typical phishing method, then showing them what they missed and how to avoid falling for similar scams in the future. If I recall correctly (sorry I can’t remember the link), these people had much better long term recollection of how to be safe than those who were simply shown what to watch for without first being tricked.

    I also admit that this story has the feel of an urban legend/media fear-mongering. If it truly is real, I hope the police have good luck catching the guys and educating the public.

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Why don’t you invite me in? I’m a vampire…”

  12. Anonymous says:

    Did you know you can just buy lab coats?

    http://xkcd.com/699/

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Did you know you can just buy lab coats?

      That was great. And it reminded me: I actually have a couple of them in the back of my closet. We used them in the “mad scientist” portion of the Halloween haunt I used to run.

      Think maybe I’ll start wearing one to work, to enhance my sorely-damaged credibility.

  13. Gilbert Wham says:

    This should come as no surprise to anyone who has studied even entry-level psychology.

  14. Prufrock451 says:

    CITIZENS OF TURKEY: I am the President of Science. Please pile all of your gold and money in the streets so I can put it into this Duplicating Van, and then we’ll all be rich.

  15. blueelm says:

    Hmmm… where I live people from the census get shot at some times.

    Strange comparison.

  16. Gawain Lavers says:

    The gullibility is unsurprising, but the canny response of the Turkish police is. We need some of that here.

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