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Another anecdote about people offering things on the street

(There will be posts that are actually about interactive entertainment soon, I promise!)

This is somewhat related to that Joshua Bell story I linked to a few days ago.

Just now I was walking along the Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna's busiest shopping street. It's 24 degrees Celsius today and, as my friend Mike pointed out, when the sun's out, Vienna's population doubles. There were a lot of people walking around.

In front of the Gerngross there were two young women walking around holding up hand-written signs saying 'FREE HUG' in German and Italian. And of course, this being a civilized country, everyone ignored them. Except me. I took one of them up on her offer, and got a free hug, which was very nice.

I wonder what that was all about.