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Student doctor warms hearts by giving locked-down strangers $20 in a social experiment

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Student doctor, 27, warms hearts by giving locked up strangers $20 in a social experiment — so how would you react?

  • Canadian Zachery Dereniowski, 27, lives in Sydney and studies medicine
  • His recent video shows him giving strangers $20 each in a social experiment
  • He pretended to find the money so the recipients wouldn’t be ashamed










Mental health advocate Zachery Dereniowski has previously given away money in attempts to give back

A student doctor and mental health activist has warmed the hearts of millions of his followers after giving those in need $20 as part of a social experiment.

Zachery Dereniowski, a 27-year-old Canadian who came to Sydney to study medicine, stopped and told three people they had dropped the money.

A man told the young activist, who posts under MD motivator online the money was not his while the other two seemed confused and thanked him for returning their lost dollars.

Zachery told FEMAIL that the experiment started out as a way to give back without “taking people’s pride away,” but it showed him so much more.

“Those who have the least are the ones who seem the most honest and eager to help others,” he said.

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A student doctor and mental health activist has warmed the hearts of millions of his followers after giving those in need $20 as part of a social experiment

This man was the only person in the video to tell the young man the money wasn't his - he looked shocked when he got the money anyway

A student doctor and mental health activist has warmed the hearts of millions of his followers after giving those in need $20 as part of a social experiment

The video begins with a man sitting alone at the bus stop next to some bags of belongings.

When Zachery approached him to let him know that he had dropped the money, he immediately said he hadn’t before looking confused when the young man told him he could keep it after all.

The video stuck with him as he turned the orange note in his hand to inspect it.

Zachery approached the second man with another $20 bill and told him he found it on the floor before asking if it was his.

The man happily took the money before thanking Zachery for his honesty.

The third man was stopped at the traffic lights and said thank you softly as he took the money from the mental health lawyer.

The social experiment was filmed and hung on the popular social media star’s TikTok, where millions of people spoke.

After posting the video, which has been seen by 1.3 million people, Zachery said he hopes people don’t judge the two men who simply took the $20.

The second guy just thanked Zachery for letting him know he dropped the money

The second guy just thanked Zachery for letting him know he dropped the money

Please don’t hate those who didn’t seem ‘honest’. These experiments happen so quickly and if they’re anxious at the time, maybe they thought the money was theirs,” he said.

His followers decided to celebrate the honesty of the first man instead.

“We have to do something for that first man,” said one of the followers.

And others agreed.

The third man also had no doubts that the money was his and quietly thanked the mental health advocate for collecting it for him.

The third man also had no doubts that the money was his and quietly thanked the mental health advocate for collecting it for him.

Zachery recently announced that he was leaving his place at the University of Sydney and moving home to focus on mental health advocacy.

Zachery recently announced that he was leaving his place at the University of Sydney and moving home to focus on mental health advocacy.

“We need to give him more, I don’t know if he’s homeless, but he needs everything,” one woman wrote.

Zachery recently announced that he was leaving his place at the University of Sydney and moving home to focus on mental health advocacy.

The young man has been begging people in his videos to give back and always be kind.

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