ABC show 'What would you do?' films in Portland, Oregon City
The scene is set in a local coffee shop. An older man strikes up a conversation with a young girl. You're at a table nearby and can hear there's something not quite right about their conversation. So the question becomes, "What would you do?"
In the back room of that same coffee shop, an Oregon City café, there's an array of small TV monitors and keyboards. There's lots of chatter over walkie-talkies. This is the backstage area for the ABC show, "What Would You Do?" That scenario we just went through, it's all a setup to get reaction from every day people on hidden cameras.
Professional actors are playing the roles, no one is ever in danger in this "Predator Pick Up" scenario. Host John Quinones is behind the scenes, directing his crew to enhance the action and get the attention of some people at a nearby table.
"They'll run this several times before they may get someone to react. Once they do, the cameras go out and the situation is revealed," says Quinones.
When the truth is finally revealed to a woman and her father, she breaks down in tears of relief. They were ready to fight the man if he tried to take the young girl against her will.
"It restores your faith in humanity to know that there are good people out there," says Quinones.
He adds that the message of the show applies to everyone.
"When you're out there and you witness something, an injustice, a potential danger, and that little voice in the back of your head says, 'do something.' Do you step in, or do you step away?"
The scenarios filmed in Portland and Oregon are part of the new season of "What Would You Do?" It premieres tonight at 10 on KATU.