David Allegretti and his mate Sean decided to conduct a little social experiment. They wanted to know just how far they could get by wearing official-looking hi-vis jackets. And based on his findings that he wrote up in an article for Vice, it seems that they got pretty far indeed.


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“There’s just something about uniforms that garner an almost naive trust,” wrote David. “People trust uniforms. Most of us obey the word of those clad in uniforms.” First they tried to walk straight into a movie theater without paying, and guess what? It worked. Next they tried their luck at the zoo, where once again they waltzed straight in without a hitch. Deciding to up their game, they headed for a Coldplay concert. Know what happened? Read on to find out. The experiment is a fun way of highlighting how easy it is to get stuff for free, but it also reveals how scarily easy it is to get past security without being noticed.

More info: Vice

David Allegretti and his mate Sean decided to see how far they could get by wearing official-looking hi-vis vests

They decided to test their stunt at the local movie theater, and guess what? They walked right in for free

Next they tried their luck at the local zoo, and once again they got in without paying

“Sean even gave the ticket clerk a cheeky “g’day” on the way in,” wrote David. “We couldn’t believe how easy it was”

“There’s just something about uniforms that garner an almost naive trust. People trust uniforms. Most of us obey the word of those clad in uniforms”

Deciding to up their game, they tried to get into a Coldplay concert in Melbourne

And guess what? It worked! “All in all, the experience had just proved…that you’ll never know if you don’t try”

“I guess if I could give you one piece of advice, it would be this: Go get yourself a hi-vis vest. And that’s all you need to know about life”

Click here to read the full article on Vice