*Oh the things we do for money. According to a survey with 1,000 people by OnePoll.com, who asked folks some outlandish questions in an attempt to see how far they would go to get their hands on a lot of money, well…suffice it to say, you can’t trust no damn body because if it comes between your life and them making a billion dollars…
The NY Daily News reports,
The most startling stat showed that 6% of people — including a whopping 12% of men — said they would be willing to commit murder for $1 billion, while one in ten would be willing to commit arson, treason, armed robbery, mug someone with a weapon or even assist a suicide.
Time out: Maybe if it was someone you didn’t personally know? Jus’ asking.
For $1,000, 15% of people were willing to shoplift or bet on a fixed sporting event. For 13 of the 1,000 respondents, the price is enough to convince them to murder, but fewer were willing to poison a stray animal.One in five are willing to steal a street sign, shoplift or flash a stranger for $10,000, while one in ten are willing to lie under oath, steal a bike or knowingly spend counterfeit cash for the same price.
Time out: People will MURDER, but not poison a stray animal…interesting. I’d probably ‘flash a stranger’…Please don’t judge me too harshly.
For $100,000, 25% of people would swipe a street sign, but it is also enough for one in five to forge a signature or steal from a restaurant or hotel. And for that same amount, one in ten say they would enter into a sham marriage, perform a sexual act on a stranger, evade taxes or snatch a purse.
It’s getting dangerous now. I’d better not be too transparent. You never know, one day the authorities could refer back to this article in an attempt to frame me for something. But some of the above don’t seem ‘SO bad’ does it?
And for a cool million bucks, one in ten Americans would commit credit card fraud, punch a stranger in the face, smuggle drugs over the border or even star in an amateur porn video.
Oh hell no! (to the punching and drug smuggling, at least). And I ain’t doing no porn.
For $100,000,000, a quarter of people would be willing to donate sperm or eggs without their partner’s knowledge, forge a signature, lie to police and steal a bike, while one in ten would kick a kitten or puppy, take performance enhancing drugs to win a sporting event or beat up a stranger.
Fifteen percent of people surveyed would even be willing to fake their death for that amount of cash.
OMG! Wouldn’t you eventually get caught as you spent it? I wouldn’t trust this one.
Men were much more likely to be swayed by money into doing questionable things — in some cases two or more times more likely, according to the survey. For example, men were nearly three times more likely than women to perform a sex act on a stranger for $1 million or $1 billion, nearly four times as willing to commit murder for the top price and four times as likely to kick a kitten or puppy.
Sorry fellas, but why am I NOT surprised by this?
The number of people willing to participate in certain crimes increased with the number of zeros at the end of the price. At the $1,000 mark, only six percent were willing to pose nude for a magazine, but by the time the price reached one billion, 22% were up for the task.
The widely varied moral compasses of respondents to the survey was apparent when they were asked to share their own personal thoughts on committing questionable acts for money.“As you can see by my answers, money will buy just about anything,” wrote one respondent. “If I was driving and a bag of money fell out of the back door of an armored car I know I would stop and pick it up but I do not know right now if I would turn it in to the police station,” another respondent said.
Hmm…I heard that. Turn it into the POLICE???
Murder was voted by far the worst act one could commit, followed by poisoning someone’s pet, treason, framing someone for murder and arson. Shoplifting was considered the lightest crime.
And when it comes to people close to us, 15% of Americans are more likely to betray a friend for money than even extended family members — and much less close family members. They were least likely to betray a son or daughter or a grandparent.
Damn straight. That would be low. Throwing your CHILD under the bus? Hell no!
But it still scary to see what people will do for money. Its an interesting conversation. But if I’ve learned anything over the years its this: Don’t even put people, especially poor people, in situations like this. Its an unfair situation. Like the family members of celebrities who leak personal information to pubs like The Enquirer or TMZ. These media outlets flash money in the face of someone struggling to pay their rent or put food on the table can force that person to justify (no matter how crazy the justification is) why it would be “OK” to share the information. And really, could you blame them?
What would you do fora cool billion? Would you kick your best friend’s ass…for no reason? Would you slap your pastor? How about sleeping with him, especially if he’s fine (but married)?
Oh I can GO there. But can YOU?