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Artist Leaves 15,000 Coins On Ground In London To See How People React, And The Result Surprised Him
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Artist Leaves 15,000 Coins On Ground In London To See How People React, And The Result Surprised Him

Wednesday, AirBnB host Jamahl McMurran and his guest Lana Mesic, a Croatian artist and photographer, set out to start a social experiment with a huge pile of coins.

It all started when Lana didn’t know what to do with the 15,000 coins that she had left from her previous art installation. Instead of transporting the heavy pile back home, she and Jamahl thought of a better idea… “So my Airbnb guest and I decided to place 15000 2p coins on the canal and record what would happen…. #coinsbythecanal,” Jamahl wrote on Twitter. The results were hilarious! Keep on scrolling to take a look.

What would you do if you saw a pile of coins like that? Let us know in the comment section below!

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AirBnB host Jamahl and his guest decided to start a social experiment with a huge pile of coins

They placed 15,000 coins on the street and waited for people to pass by

Live tweeting everything they saw:

This smart kid decided to fill up his whole bag and the struggle was real

Others just played in the coins as if it were a sandbox

This guy put his umbrella on the pile and shot a Instagram-worthy photo

One biker just grabbed some extra change

Then this guy decided to literally make it rain money by pouring some coins over his head

Sadly, the observations came to an abrupt end when these guys showed up…

They just took it all down to every coin…

What would you do if you saw a pile of coins like that? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Stijn V.
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh no what a surprise. Some people don't dare to take it all because they suspect being filmed and just have some fun with it. And others don't give a fuck as they are not really stealing anything and just take it all. #notreallysurprised. If people would start dropping their small change too and it would become a huge pile. That would be surprising.

Katinka Min
Community Member
5 years ago

Most people wouldn't take it all because they simply couldn'T be arsed to deal with them. Not sure about British banks but most German ones demand hefty fees for taking in large amounts coins - if they take them at all.

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Anne Madag
Community Member
5 years ago

I will wish on the canal like wishing well. :)

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
5 years ago

Thinking the same here! Would had wish for more happy ideas like this guy.

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Shelsy Engelen
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd put a tiny Smaug statue on top of it

Sue Donim
Community Member
5 years ago

nice !

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 years ago

Perhaps I would take a coin shower.... like Scrooge McDuck! A childhood dream :-)

DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm thinking the same! :)

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
5 years ago

Being a coin collector I would probably search every single coin until I find one with a collector's value (like one with a mint-made error)

John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, Avarice finally shows it's Ugly Head.

Tal Malka
Community Member
5 years ago

The guys at the end remind me the 1% in our world. While the pile of coins was basic income...

Adam Havlík
Community Member
5 years ago

They should have also filmed the bank tellers reaction when they asked for £300 in 2p coins ^_^

Ursula Elvegard
Community Member
5 years ago

I would take one, for good luck.

Vincent Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd probably remove the pennies from my pocket and drop them on the pile.

Em Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd invite a bunch of kids and adults to bring their coins to add to the pile and we'd have a contest to see who could build the most creative mini structure .

Jenna Fuderer
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd add to it.

Colleen Eklund
Community Member
5 years ago

I would pick them up and run them through my hands and probably laugh. Good experiment!

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd stop by, observing from my current distance at the given moment, and be all like "Uhm? What's that? Eheh, wow, weird!" And leave with a smile.

Lenny Vos-Groenendijk
Community Member
5 years ago

I would take one coin and make a wish when I throw it in the canal. And then I'd take a picture of this rare event😉

Margaret Thorpe
Community Member
5 years ago

I would play play play!

Noel Benavente
Community Member
5 years ago

i would definitively take some and then look up for beggars and tell them there are more so they could get it...

Dani Chivers
Community Member
5 years ago

I would have taken a photo worthy of Instagram then given some of my coins to the pile

Fatima Zahra Hassan
Community Member
5 years ago

I would not touch.....

heaveNly
Community Member
5 years ago

I would play in it like a sandbox too lol

Lucybaby
Community Member
5 years ago

That was still a good idea. Its amazing how different everyone's mind works. It shows you the good in humanity. But if he thought that no one would really steal it than there was a serious problem with his thought processes lol.

Robyn Kelso
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd throw one over my shoulder into the canal and make a wish.

PandaCHAO
Community Member
5 years ago

I would probably put an extra coin into the pile

Magdalena Majchrzycka
Community Member
5 years ago

I would to take some photos with my golden dog :D And in second dream- I would to make a golden fishes picture with all these coins <3 Absolutely fantastic idea with this experiment, but I expected, that people will toss their own money there, for making this golden mountain bigger! Unfortunetely - not :P

Đen Nguyễn
Community Member
5 years ago

That small pile is 15,000 coins? Cheese! How will I ever save up enough for my own pool of coins now!?

Roselin Hughes
Community Member
4 years ago

I would have Made a piece of art work right there out of it for all to enjoy...I like this experiment...not impressed with the guys at the end taking it all...selfish society we live in !

Shihu Shihu
Community Member
4 years ago

Build a coin castle like those in beaches may be ;)

Shihu Shihu
Community Member
4 years ago

Build a castle like those usually built in a beach ;)

Kyan De Catfish
Community Member
5 years ago

🎵 Make it rain 🎵

giddyup
Community Member
5 years ago

someone posted a clickbait on boredpanda, the amount of people falling for it will surprise you

marnidarr
Community Member
5 years ago

I would have made a wish on one and thrown it into the canal.

Linda Trudeau
Community Member
5 years ago

I would take one coin, make a wish and throw it into the canal. 😉

Tinaz Onater
Community Member
5 years ago

I would look around for someone who needs money...

Mint
Community Member
5 years ago

Step on it or lay on it

Full Name
Community Member
5 years ago

I hope those guys grabbed them all and then made a breadcrumb trail for the next few blocks for fun, transforming the art piece.

Erica
Community Member
5 years ago

I wouldn't take anything. I'd want to of course but I wouldn't, I'd feel too bad. I know it would be a social experiment of some kind.

Jujube Wrangler
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm wondering how much it would be in American dollars?

Amy Radie
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd lean against the rail and watch the fun and maybe make some takers uncomfortable.

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
5 years ago

i feel so stupid because i realize the first thing i would do is look for some officer or alert the closest shop clerk

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
5 years ago

This reminds me of the short CGI film: '"The Wishgranter", which one can view on You-Tube.

Bernadette Yeo
Community Member
5 years ago

i would have just picked up a coin and throw it into the canal tbh

Emre
Community Member
5 years ago

I would lay on them and take a selfie. And pour some coin on me :)

Skeledab
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel like I would be the one playing in it like a sand box

Bethany
Community Member
5 years ago

I would throw them all over my head like that one guy did

Venetia Featherstone-Witty
Community Member
5 years ago

Take some and buy food for a homeless person

lemontzz aide
Community Member
5 years ago

I think that the diverse reactions indicate the diverse sample of 'homo sapiens' we live among (including those who ended the fun 4 everyone!)

Jon-Paul Ward
Community Member
5 years ago

Make it all flat to look like a cool flooring project!

Timothy Lyons
Community Member
5 years ago

The guy in the last photo is the guy in the first photo, same clothes, brought back a friend, detestable cretin.

Megan Mose
Community Member
5 years ago

dont know that is a lot of money

Jim Frees
Community Member
5 years ago

Abject waste of time...and money.

Larry Swanson
Community Member
5 years ago

Surprised the government didn't show up to Tax it. Oh wait... maybe that's who the two guys were.

Larry Swanson
Community Member
5 years ago

Surprised the government didn't show up to tax it... Oh wait, maybe that's who the two guys were.

Arnau Bosch
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd think it's street art!

Dan Mar
Community Member
5 years ago

who were the two idiots?

Nigel Brown
Community Member
5 years ago

The only surprise to me was that someone didn't take it all sooner....uk banks will take it all.They supply little bags to put 50p, worth in....

Vanessa Bergem
Community Member
5 years ago

I would look for a leprechaun!

Diana CrunChewy Watson
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd probably take a picture and move on. 15000 coins would weigh a lot.

Bruce Kunde
Community Member
5 years ago

Sit somewhere and watch

Daniel Law
Community Member
5 years ago

I might have spread it around and rolled in it.

J Browne
Community Member
5 years ago

Exactly what I would have done and thrown it up in the air to fall on me as I laid there making money angels :) And no...not because I assumed I was being watched.

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
5 years ago

I would probably sit and make a penny Castle and walls and some buildings , maybe I would make a path of coins to a village. I would Play!

Oscar
Community Member
5 years ago

Coin shower.

Jenna K
Community Member
5 years ago

Not rlly surprised

Esri Dierkx
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like the guy with the grey pants and black T-shirt is the same guy as the one at 10.54

Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
5 years ago

Definitly the rain!!!!

Hugo Verity
Community Member
5 years ago

They're going to have years of good luck

Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd take one for luck , &, hope the rest would be picked up by children. Can you imagine their excitement in scooping up these coins?

daniellabob
Community Member
5 years ago

it's coper people!!!!

Jenna K
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd probably add to the pile and then make it rain like tht guy did

Jim Gurney
Community Member
5 years ago

If you find anything of value on the streets and do not take reasonable action to try and return it to the owner you can be convicted of theft. Notiify the police of the find and if it is not claimed it will then become yours. If you take it and just keep it you can be charged with theft. So if you see a tenner lying on the pavement take reasonable action to return it.

Peter Iorns
Community Member
5 years ago

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So we left £300 on the footpath to see if anyone picks it up. Ummm duuhhhh

Peter Iorns
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

In another surprise experiment a couple stand naked in the middle of Trafalgar Sq. You won't believe how many rude & nosey people stared at them!

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Miguel Angel
Community Member
5 years ago

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Artist? what artist?

DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 years ago

Read the preview.

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Sue Turner
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

A pathetic way to advertise your tawdry and increasingly socially inept enterprise. I work in the media. I would never use your 'facility' I'd rather sleep on a park bench,

Stijn V.
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh no what a surprise. Some people don't dare to take it all because they suspect being filmed and just have some fun with it. And others don't give a fuck as they are not really stealing anything and just take it all. #notreallysurprised. If people would start dropping their small change too and it would become a huge pile. That would be surprising.

Katinka Min
Community Member
5 years ago

Most people wouldn't take it all because they simply couldn'T be arsed to deal with them. Not sure about British banks but most German ones demand hefty fees for taking in large amounts coins - if they take them at all.

Load More Replies...
Anne Madag
Community Member
5 years ago

I will wish on the canal like wishing well. :)

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
5 years ago

Thinking the same here! Would had wish for more happy ideas like this guy.

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Shelsy Engelen
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd put a tiny Smaug statue on top of it

Sue Donim
Community Member
5 years ago

nice !

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 years ago

Perhaps I would take a coin shower.... like Scrooge McDuck! A childhood dream :-)

DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm thinking the same! :)

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
5 years ago

Being a coin collector I would probably search every single coin until I find one with a collector's value (like one with a mint-made error)

John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, Avarice finally shows it's Ugly Head.

Tal Malka
Community Member
5 years ago

The guys at the end remind me the 1% in our world. While the pile of coins was basic income...

Adam Havlík
Community Member
5 years ago

They should have also filmed the bank tellers reaction when they asked for £300 in 2p coins ^_^

Ursula Elvegard
Community Member
5 years ago

I would take one, for good luck.

Vincent Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd probably remove the pennies from my pocket and drop them on the pile.

Em Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd invite a bunch of kids and adults to bring their coins to add to the pile and we'd have a contest to see who could build the most creative mini structure .

Jenna Fuderer
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd add to it.

Colleen Eklund
Community Member
5 years ago

I would pick them up and run them through my hands and probably laugh. Good experiment!

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd stop by, observing from my current distance at the given moment, and be all like "Uhm? What's that? Eheh, wow, weird!" And leave with a smile.

Lenny Vos-Groenendijk
Community Member
5 years ago

I would take one coin and make a wish when I throw it in the canal. And then I'd take a picture of this rare event😉

Margaret Thorpe
Community Member
5 years ago

I would play play play!

Noel Benavente
Community Member
5 years ago

i would definitively take some and then look up for beggars and tell them there are more so they could get it...

Dani Chivers
Community Member
5 years ago

I would have taken a photo worthy of Instagram then given some of my coins to the pile

Fatima Zahra Hassan
Community Member
5 years ago

I would not touch.....

heaveNly
Community Member
5 years ago

I would play in it like a sandbox too lol

Lucybaby
Community Member
5 years ago

That was still a good idea. Its amazing how different everyone's mind works. It shows you the good in humanity. But if he thought that no one would really steal it than there was a serious problem with his thought processes lol.

Robyn Kelso
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd throw one over my shoulder into the canal and make a wish.

PandaCHAO
Community Member
5 years ago

I would probably put an extra coin into the pile

Magdalena Majchrzycka
Community Member
5 years ago

I would to take some photos with my golden dog :D And in second dream- I would to make a golden fishes picture with all these coins <3 Absolutely fantastic idea with this experiment, but I expected, that people will toss their own money there, for making this golden mountain bigger! Unfortunetely - not :P

Đen Nguyễn
Community Member
5 years ago

That small pile is 15,000 coins? Cheese! How will I ever save up enough for my own pool of coins now!?

Roselin Hughes
Community Member
4 years ago

I would have Made a piece of art work right there out of it for all to enjoy...I like this experiment...not impressed with the guys at the end taking it all...selfish society we live in !

Shihu Shihu
Community Member
4 years ago

Build a coin castle like those in beaches may be ;)

Shihu Shihu
Community Member
4 years ago

Build a castle like those usually built in a beach ;)

Kyan De Catfish
Community Member
5 years ago

🎵 Make it rain 🎵

giddyup
Community Member
5 years ago

someone posted a clickbait on boredpanda, the amount of people falling for it will surprise you

marnidarr
Community Member
5 years ago

I would have made a wish on one and thrown it into the canal.

Linda Trudeau
Community Member
5 years ago

I would take one coin, make a wish and throw it into the canal. 😉

Tinaz Onater
Community Member
5 years ago

I would look around for someone who needs money...

Mint
Community Member
5 years ago

Step on it or lay on it

Full Name
Community Member
5 years ago

I hope those guys grabbed them all and then made a breadcrumb trail for the next few blocks for fun, transforming the art piece.

Erica
Community Member
5 years ago

I wouldn't take anything. I'd want to of course but I wouldn't, I'd feel too bad. I know it would be a social experiment of some kind.

Jujube Wrangler
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm wondering how much it would be in American dollars?

Amy Radie
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd lean against the rail and watch the fun and maybe make some takers uncomfortable.

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
5 years ago

i feel so stupid because i realize the first thing i would do is look for some officer or alert the closest shop clerk

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
5 years ago

This reminds me of the short CGI film: '"The Wishgranter", which one can view on You-Tube.

Bernadette Yeo
Community Member
5 years ago

i would have just picked up a coin and throw it into the canal tbh

Emre
Community Member
5 years ago

I would lay on them and take a selfie. And pour some coin on me :)

Skeledab
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel like I would be the one playing in it like a sand box

Bethany
Community Member
5 years ago

I would throw them all over my head like that one guy did

Venetia Featherstone-Witty
Community Member
5 years ago

Take some and buy food for a homeless person

lemontzz aide
Community Member
5 years ago

I think that the diverse reactions indicate the diverse sample of 'homo sapiens' we live among (including those who ended the fun 4 everyone!)

Jon-Paul Ward
Community Member
5 years ago

Make it all flat to look like a cool flooring project!

Timothy Lyons
Community Member
5 years ago

The guy in the last photo is the guy in the first photo, same clothes, brought back a friend, detestable cretin.

Megan Mose
Community Member
5 years ago

dont know that is a lot of money

Jim Frees
Community Member
5 years ago

Abject waste of time...and money.

Larry Swanson
Community Member
5 years ago

Surprised the government didn't show up to Tax it. Oh wait... maybe that's who the two guys were.

Larry Swanson
Community Member
5 years ago

Surprised the government didn't show up to tax it... Oh wait, maybe that's who the two guys were.

Arnau Bosch
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd think it's street art!

Dan Mar
Community Member
5 years ago

who were the two idiots?

Nigel Brown
Community Member
5 years ago

The only surprise to me was that someone didn't take it all sooner....uk banks will take it all.They supply little bags to put 50p, worth in....

Vanessa Bergem
Community Member
5 years ago

I would look for a leprechaun!

Diana CrunChewy Watson
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd probably take a picture and move on. 15000 coins would weigh a lot.

Bruce Kunde
Community Member
5 years ago

Sit somewhere and watch

Daniel Law
Community Member
5 years ago

I might have spread it around and rolled in it.

J Browne
Community Member
5 years ago

Exactly what I would have done and thrown it up in the air to fall on me as I laid there making money angels :) And no...not because I assumed I was being watched.

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
5 years ago

I would probably sit and make a penny Castle and walls and some buildings , maybe I would make a path of coins to a village. I would Play!

Oscar
Community Member
5 years ago

Coin shower.

Jenna K
Community Member
5 years ago

Not rlly surprised

Esri Dierkx
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like the guy with the grey pants and black T-shirt is the same guy as the one at 10.54

Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
5 years ago

Definitly the rain!!!!

Hugo Verity
Community Member
5 years ago

They're going to have years of good luck

Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd take one for luck , &, hope the rest would be picked up by children. Can you imagine their excitement in scooping up these coins?

daniellabob
Community Member
5 years ago

it's coper people!!!!

Jenna K
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd probably add to the pile and then make it rain like tht guy did

Jim Gurney
Community Member
5 years ago

If you find anything of value on the streets and do not take reasonable action to try and return it to the owner you can be convicted of theft. Notiify the police of the find and if it is not claimed it will then become yours. If you take it and just keep it you can be charged with theft. So if you see a tenner lying on the pavement take reasonable action to return it.

Peter Iorns
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

So we left £300 on the footpath to see if anyone picks it up. Ummm duuhhhh

Peter Iorns
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

In another surprise experiment a couple stand naked in the middle of Trafalgar Sq. You won't believe how many rude & nosey people stared at them!

Load More Replies...
Miguel Angel
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Artist? what artist?

DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 years ago

Read the preview.

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Sue Turner
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

A pathetic way to advertise your tawdry and increasingly socially inept enterprise. I work in the media. I would never use your 'facility' I'd rather sleep on a park bench,

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