Britons turn down free cash offer

February 8th, 2012 - 10:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Feb 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Several Brits lost the chance to have their bus fares paid for them because they were too cynical. Thousands of Britons turned down free cash at some selected bus stations.

During the research, five women offered several commuters with the opportunity to pay their fares at various bus stations. All the women wore sandwich boards which read “Ask me to pay your bus fare and I will.” The selected stations used for the study were Newcastle, Medway, Manchester, Perth and Leicester.

Though thousands of commuters became aware of the offer, only 38 people eventually accepted the offer. When they were questioned about why they accepted the offer, most of them said they were initially reluctant because they feared the offer was not true.

The study was conducted by the firm Ice. CEO of the company, Jude Thorne announced that, “Our experiment shows that as a nation, we simply don’t accept the notion of genuine bargains, discounts and offers with no catch, despite admitting that difficult times are forcing us to seek them out actively.”

69 percent of the respondents admitted that they failed to accept the offer because they were suspicious. Only 23 percent of the study subjects believed they can get anything with nothing, the researchers reported.

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