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Heartwarming: What Would You Do?

  • Quiñones frequently mentions in interviews and speeches that one of his favorite WWYD moments came from an elderly homeless woman named Linda Hamilton, who watched over another homeless person lying on the sidewalk passed out (actually a WWYD actor, of course). Linda nicknamed the man "Billy," took away his beer can, and tried to talk to him. In the meantime, she begged disinterested passersby to call an ambulance. Someone eventually stopped and dialed 911, and when WWYD broke the scene, Linda quietly left. Viewers were touched by Linda's compassion and wrote to the show, and Quiñones and crew eventually tracked down Linda and gave her a cell phone.
  • In the segment involving a fifteen-year-old girl about to be married off to a much older man who already has three wives (all being members of a polygamous cult), there are several heartwarming moments. The girl, who is crying her eyes out and begging to not have to be wed, attracts the attention of fellow diners. One woman is brave enough to offer assistance to the girl. After Quiñones calls her a hero, she refuses the title, saying that anybody should be willing to help a child in need. Another woman approaches the girl and decides to take her with her. After being questioned "Where are you taking her?" she responds with "I don't know. Wherever she wants to go." Yet another woman even offers to take the girl into her own home.
  • The segment which features lesbian parents being publicly berated by a waitress, in which a mark leaves a note for the lesbian parents to read. Definitely counts as heartwarming and especially because one actress really was a lesbian parent.
  • The segment that features a little girl getting abducted. At first, no one seems to notice, even when she's screaming for help and that the man grabbing her isn't her father. Finally, two young men walk by, talking on their cell phones. It turns out they were calling their friend to bring the car around so they could corner the abductor, and then charge him. It takes the guy yelling "It's TV, it's TV!" before they back down.
  • One of the episodes that features domestic abuse. Usually, someone will stand up for the abused if they blatantly have bruises, which makes nearly all of these situations heartwarming. The best, however, has to be when one guy chases the abuser out of the restaurant, and four or five other patrons stand up to help him. One man calls 911, and the rest of the cafe offers their support as one to the abuse victim. It becomes a Tear Jerker when you learn that one of the men had a grandmother who was murdered by her husband.
  • There was one segment that had a girl and her Peruvian mother being insulted by a racist diner. Not one person just sat there and let him verbally abuse them like that.
  • One segment featured men and woman being stranded on the side of the road by a flat tire, and seeing if anyone would come to help. Things went fine until they replaced the stranded person with a Muslim man. Only two out of the 50 or so people helped him, including an incredibly cheerful young man named Dominic who, when asked how much he should be paid responded with this:
    Dominic: Pay me? I accept love. I don't want no money from you, bro.
  • The final mark in this scenario, during which a fundamentalist Christian tries to convince a distraught teenager he can "pray away the gay." The mark gives the fundamentalist an impassioned verbal smackdown, and then invites the teen to join him for breakfast so he could have his meal in peace.
  • One scenario involved a young woman with a highly visible discoloration on her face enter a cosmetics boutique in search of lipstick, where she was accosted by a saleswoman who promised to make her "look normal." No one stood by and let the saleswoman put her down, to the point that another customer, who was unable to speak due to laryngitis, sent the young woman supportive text messages.
  • The last woman in the barbershop scenario with the interracial couple diffused the actress' bigotry with some loving words of wisdom directed at both her and the white girlfriend.

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