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79 Responses to The Money Tree Social Experiment

  1. Profile photo of DaShiVa
    DaShiVa Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Link: The Money Tree Social Experiment - Almost what you might expect, with a difference...
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    NoArms5534 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:12 am
    So... must people don`t pay attention when they`re walking. Already knew that. Also, they don`t go nuts for a bunch of $1 bills, especially when they`re hung in a conspicuous manner. This was pointless.
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    crashgirl88 Female 18-29
    200 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 6:12 am
    Wow those people missed out on a good day. Guess it goes to show how quickly we go through life sometimes without stopping to look around.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:23 am
    Ha, Most people didn`t even seem to notice.
  5. Profile photo of Lukgeezy
    Lukgeezy Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:25 am
    I would have cleaned that tree out
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:27 am
    I`m paranoid. I would have thought it was a trap.
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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:29 am
    I want to do a social experiment with a sign that say "do not touch this sign" and see what people do.
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    Mimbles Female 18-29
    118 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 6:32 am
    I wouldnt have touched it. I would have thought it was ajoke or an art project, or something..
  9. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:36 am
    More of a comment on how little $1 is worth these days.
  10. Profile photo of 8BitHero
    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:36 am
    I would`ve taken like 5 and then planted them.
  11. Profile photo of donthaveone
    donthaveone Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:38 am
    Most people go though life oblivious to there surroundings.
  12. Profile photo of Robert_D
    Robert_D Male 18-29
    589 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 6:42 am
    I think a lot of people "saw" the money tree, but decided that it was not something they were meant to take from. It was an art exhibit or something. That`s why some people took pictures of it.
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:59 am
    "I want to do a social experiment with a sign that say "do not touch this sign" and see what people do."

    I did something similar at home. If I put something out near the curb (bike, furniture) with a sign that says "free" the stuff sits there for days. If I put a price sign on it someone steals it over night.
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    freebee Female 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:00 am
    Was a very cool video and does say a lot about society today. That they appreciate the queerness of such a thing as a money tree, and we are not as greedy as we are made out to be. Was well done and loved the song.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:04 am
    I`m amazed how many people walked past without even noticing there was money there. Mind you, it probably doesn`t help that all US money is green. If it had been somewhere in Europe or the UK it would have been much more obvious.
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    deeplick Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:08 am
    I think this should show how people are not money hungry animals who have to just devour and destroy everything they see. I could have used $100 but I would have seen that someone put a lot of hard work and time into making that money tree and it wasn`t meant for just me, but everyone else as well. Who is to say many of those people didn`t feel the same way?

    Also I like the guy who went into one of the stores then came back out got $3 and went back into the store. Guess he was a little short.
  17. Profile photo of The-Sentinel
    The-Sentinel Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:24 am
    @almightybob1
    There was a similar thing to this where £50 was just lying in the street (purposely) to see what would happen. It took quite a long time for anyone to notice and pick up.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:31 am
    intriguing...
  19. Profile photo of martinikene
    martinikene Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:36 am
    I don`t know what I would do in real life, but I believe I would put money there.
  20. Profile photo of BBJellyFish
    BBJellyFish Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:48 am
    That made me kinda happy :]
  21. Profile photo of HalfPintRoo
    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:54 am
    I think I would take a dollar and put up a $10 bill with my own message "Thank You For Brightening My Day"

    I`d only be out 9 bucks
  22. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:56 am
    I wonder if a fruit tree would have the same response or a different one.
  23. Profile photo of adlinbaby
    adlinbaby Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:58 am
    put that tree in my hood it would only take one hooligan and 5 seconds for those 100 bucks to be GONE
  24. Profile photo of sarahmiche
    sarahmiche Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:59 am
    This was pretty cool...
    I would love to do something like this up here in Canada but it would be a bit tougher as out smallest bill is $5.
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    FlyingWalrus Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:59 am
    I wonder how many people would have taken just one and left if they were all $10 bills. Or $20 bills. Just saying...
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:01 am
    Well try that in NY for instance
  27. Profile photo of Johanvb
    Johanvb Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:02 am
    A very nice experiment.

    But for all the people who think this proves that people are not money hungry or greedy, here`s something to think about.
    The video says people didn`t see the free money. But unless they would be interviewed you`ll never know.

    These people could be so engulfed by media that they unknowingly block out everything they perceive as a commercial outing.
    They could have seen the money but also the tag that was placed on it and automatically see it as a way to grab their attention and a waste of their time.

    A second possibility could be that people are so aware of the fact that they are watched all the time and could have thought it was a trap (and a reason people didn`t take all the money at once, because they could have thought they would be `questioned` by a cameracrew why they where so greedy).

    Thinking this way you could interpret this `experiment` prove of a society that gets to much impulses and sees a bear behind ever
  28. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:07 am
    >>I would`ve taken like 5 and then planted them.

    Heh.
  29. Profile photo of Lblaxplaya20
    Lblaxplaya20 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:10 am
    When that girl took $5 I screamed "whore", then she walked away.
  30. Profile photo of CadillacJack
    CadillacJack Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:20 am
    @adlinbaby I feel you
  31. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:30 am
    How could you not see that. I would totaly have a free lunch.
  32. Profile photo of danthew
    danthew Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:35 am
    I wonder how many of the people who took a dollar spent it. I`d have kept it.
  33. Profile photo of ardystic
    ardystic Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:47 am
    do it in a low class area next time. i wanna see BLOOD.
  34. Profile photo of dracokain
    dracokain Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:48 am
    Damn that lady in the gray stripes sure didn`t need that much.
  35. Profile photo of BrunoStuff
    BrunoStuff Male 13-17
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:52 am
    2:36 greedy girl lol
  36. Profile photo of Isseepy
    Isseepy Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:00 am
    Oblivious people. Makes me sad.
  37. Profile photo of coffeekoneko
    coffeekoneko Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:17 am
    I bet a lot of people assumed that it was a piece of experimental art or something. I would have...
  38. Profile photo of weallshineon
    weallshineon Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:21 am
    put a money tree between my broke ass and my destination...would`ve been a 10 second video.
  39. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:36 am
    Everyone there was carrying shopping bags, none of them actually needed the money. I would have plucked every single bill.
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    tn11 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:59 am
    wow really says something about our society today and the "go go go" nature and pace of our lives. Thank you Amy and your friends for sparing $100 dollars for this. It was pretty cool.
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    ledouxrt Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 10:43 am
    I would`ve thought it was a trap too. Similar to those deaf people that "give" you a pencil and expect a donation.
  42. Profile photo of Link364
    Link364 Male 18-29
    440 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 11:33 am
    i wish there was more trees like that
  43. Profile photo of GuardinGnome
    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 11:39 am
    The video was horrible, sorry.
    I would have taken at least 20 bucks.........
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    josieflo Female 18-29
    145 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    If only there was like a hobo around
  45. Profile photo of Lolboy
    Lolboy Male 70 & Over
    798 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    It`s annoying how they try to play this as some huge emotional discovery.

    "They LOOKED at it, but just couldn`t SEE it."

    More than likely they just thought that it was for something and they probably shouldn`t take it. And for the people who didnt notice the money, I walk by a million trees lining the sidewalk and don`t look at every single one, especially if I`m using a cell phone or something.
  46. Profile photo of Lolboy
    Lolboy Male 70 & Over
    798 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    Also, I`m surprised nobody harvested that tree to poo. :p
  47. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
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    September 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    I would`ve taken all the money off the tree. That`s just me... :P
  48. Profile photo of simim23
    simim23 Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    I would have taken every possible dollar I could grab off that thing.

    I`m always looking around for money. I mean, I`m the person who sees pennies on the ground during a rainstorm at night.

    It`s how I found $180 in a bar parking lot a couple months ago. Saw one twenty, looked up, saw another plastered against the wall by the wind. Started searching the parking lot.

    Best night ever.
  49. Profile photo of darkhawk
    darkhawk Male 70 & Over
    260 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    Try it in a busyer place, it would be pckt clean buy 1 person in a min
  50. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    If I saw that I would assume the money was fake or that someone was filming. Welcome to the youtube era.
  51. Profile photo of mxaguilar2
    mxaguilar2 Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    im not surprised ...ppl nowadays think most things like this are either being filmed, its a joke, or just fake.. :-/
  52. Profile photo of GiveChase
    GiveChase Female 18-29
    535 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    Ha, that one girl took like five dollars. I`m surprised people didn`t take more, which is kind of nice, if you think about it.
    I`d probably only take a couple. I`d just know, somehow, that I was being watched and I`d feel bad if I took more than "my share."
  53. Profile photo of MountainBord
    MountainBord Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    lol im too emotional.. a good acoustic song and some cute messages gets me. :`)
  54. Profile photo of mogman45
    mogman45 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    put $100 bills on it. Now see what happens.
  55. Profile photo of tlshaman
    tlshaman Male 13-17
    378 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    *gust of wind* oh nooo, the money is flying awayy
  56. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    ITs crazy that so many people just walked past it, so oblivious to the world around them!
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    Tisjokar Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm
    Now if those 1$ were 100$ notes.....
  58. Profile photo of zombieland
    zombieland Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    i would have taken every dollar off that tree, and im not ashamed to admit it.
  59. Profile photo of phoneybone
    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm
    cuz rich whitey don`t NEED a dolla
  60. Profile photo of PhantasmFork
    PhantasmFork Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    My monies is camo!!!
  61. Profile photo of NotTHATbored
    NotTHATbored Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    All it would take is one homeless guy to spot that tree.
  62. Profile photo of Namikaze
    Namikaze Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    Everyone who took a dollar owes the I.R.S. $0.056, and should be fined by the city for theft of public property. Undocumented exchange of American currency is a felony and these kids are lucky our government has more important things to do.
  63. Profile photo of crystalskyz
    crystalskyz Female 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm
    @ Namikaze - umm technically it was documented lol
  64. Profile photo of MrTwidget
    MrTwidget Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    I think most people will not take more than a few dollars because they assume they are being watched. If I found a tree full of money I`d be wondering where the camera is too.
  65. Profile photo of HK_
    HK_ Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    Good thing I wasn`t there, I would have took enough for gas and something to eat...
  66. Profile photo of Abandonnez
    Abandonnez Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm
    That was actually very interesting. I would have thought people would have seen it and jumped at the opportunity for free money. Strangely not xD
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    hampoofegg Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    I would have walked by because I don`t like to take money from places I don`t know about...just a thing.

    and NotTHATbored I was thinking the same thing
  68. Profile photo of GreyYes
    GreyYes Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm
    i would prolly hesitate to take a $1. i would think it was someones tree or a hoax or something and be paranoid if they were fake or someone would yell at me for touching their tree.
  69. Profile photo of CodeJockey
    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm
    I`d probably have asked if it was a charity and added some money.
  70. Profile photo of NottaSpy
    NottaSpy Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm
    Everyone who took a dollar owes the I.R.S. $0.056, and should be fined by the city for theft of public property.
    What is the fine for giving bad legal advice? You can give a gift of $12,000 per person per year without it being considered income. If it was taxable, then they would simply have to declare it when they file taxes. Even if they didn`t declare it, it would be tax evasion, not theft of public property.

    I hope the economy turns around soon, we obviously need to pour money into education.
  71. Profile photo of LilJackanape
    LilJackanape Female 60-69
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    September 11, 2010 at 1:42 am
    people are stoopid :P
  72. Profile photo of x13purplesta
    x13purplesta Female 30-39
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    September 11, 2010 at 5:13 am
    It`s kind of sad that so many didn`t even see it.
  73. Profile photo of irbord
    irbord Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2010 at 10:30 am
    chicago? where the hell are the black people!!
  74. Profile photo of PacoP42
    PacoP42 Male 13-17
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    September 11, 2010 at 11:53 am
    Oh look, a free camera!
  75. Profile photo of zeegrr
    zeegrr Male 40-49
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    September 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    Very Sweet. People may indeed be stupid.But not greedy. I wonder how many of those dollars ended up in a charity can? I wonder if they changed a life? I wonder how many kids wished they were taller? I know I`m smiling.
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    ds99 Male 40-49
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    September 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    Sad that some would think it was a trap. Kinda funny how the guy on the bike stopped for the one on the ground and missed the tree full of dollars though. :)
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    han5nah Female 13-17
    735 posts
    September 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    I liked this alot. It made me smile. Too bad so many people never noticed. You know, in middle school i used to get stacks of quarters and tape them to the undersides of desks. When i told people about it, they were shocked. `Why would you waste your money like that?!` I told them it was just to be nice. Its good to see other people do that, too.
  78. Profile photo of Arvz
    Arvz Male 18-29
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    September 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    That one chick who took the picture totally grabbed a bunch of them lol
  79. Profile photo of eclyps
    eclyps Female 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    The one greedy person of them all walks funny... Hhaha...
    Sweet video though :)

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