A YouTube star brought new meaning to saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ with a shocking social media experiment that saw him dressing like a homeless person in order to see if staff at a restaurant would treat him any differently. In an attempt to prove that appearances can always be deceiving, New York-based Coby Persin tested staff at a Florida eatery to see how they would react to someone based purely on what they looked like, before stunning them with revelation that they were in fact dealing with a ‘billionaire’. In a 3 minute video, the 23 years old can be seen approaching a restaurant while dressed in an assortment of scruffy clothing and carrying a large garbage bag, before asking to be seated by a staff member who is standing at entrance.
Wasting no time, Coby approaches man, who appears to be acting as a host, to ask for a table for himself and his friend Ronaldo. Ensuring that he remains polite and courteous throughout their conversation, he also asks whether it would be possible to see a menu. ‘Hi how are you? I would like to get a table for me and my friend Ronaldo, to see the menu maybe’ he tells. But host, whose faced has been blurred out to maintain his privacy, tells that he is unable to seat Coby because he believes the restaurant is ‘too expensive’ for him to afford.
‘I’m sorry. We’re not going to be able to do it sir. This place is a little too expensive for you’ he tells, while blocking Coby’s access to eatery. Clearly put off by interaction, Coby decides to give restaurant host a chance to redeem himself and asks again if there is a menu he can see.
‘Nope’ host replies bluntly. ‘We can’t serve you, we’re not going to serve you today. I’m sorry about that.’
And even when Coby tries to tell him he has a lot of money, host still refuses to serve him and tells ‘Can you please get away? Go eat at McDonald’s, some other options but not here.’
Coby then backs away from restaurant and is heard uttering a ‘wow’ as he dials his driver Ronaldo. But as he starts dialing, host asks if he can make call off the restaurant’s property. ‘Can you please get away. Stand over there’ host asks again. But host is in for quite surprise because Ronaldo drives up to the restaurant in a Rolls Royce with a suitcase of cash in the trunk. Ronaldo then hands suitcase to Coby who shows it to the host.
Coby said ‘I told you I had money. What’s crazy is the way you judged people just by there appearance. I might buy this spot just I can fire you, you’re lucky.’ Ronaldo and Coby then go to ‘steak spot down the street’ leaving the host speechless and ashamed. This is not first social experiment video, Coby has done. One of his most recent ones involved the vlogger planting trees in New York City pot holes. He came up with green-thumbed idea after he himself hit a pot hole and ruined the tire of his car. He told ‘When I was driving around New York City, I hit a pot hole and my tire popped and I had to buy a new one. So I was thinking to myself, how as New Yorkers can we avoid these pot holes? Had I seen a plant inside the pot hole, I would have drove around the plant and not hit the pot hole. So I’m going around with different sized plants and putting them in different sized pot holes so New Yorkers avoid them.’