2015-12-11 / Front Page

Reaching out



Saco resident Corey Sturgeon, left, Vassalboro resident Megan Lofthus and Old Orchard Beach resident Sam Ranger held a “social experiment” Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Maine Mall in South Portland. The trio welcomed passersby to sit one-on-one and make eye contact with them for two straight minutes, either engaging in conversation or not. “People are really focused on gifts and shopping at this time of year. They’re also always on their Smartphones,” Ranger said.“This is a break from that.” Lofthus said people seemed curious about the group, but got more smiles than actual stops. She said one little boy tried it and loved it. “His mom cried after,” she said. Lofthus got the idea from a friend in Colorado who witnessed a similar experiment. She said they plan to be at the mall next weekend where the group is thinking about challenging people to give hugs. Sturgeon said they got permission from mall security to set up in the mall, near the food court. (Molly Lovell-Keely photo) Saco resident Corey Sturgeon, left, Vassalboro resident Megan Lofthus and Old Orchard Beach resident Sam Ranger held a “social experiment” Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Maine Mall in South Portland. The trio welcomed passersby to sit one-on-one and make eye contact with them for two straight minutes, either engaging in conversation or not. “People are really focused on gifts and shopping at this time of year. They’re also always on their Smartphones,” Ranger said.“This is a break from that.” Lofthus said people seemed curious about the group, but got more smiles than actual stops. She said one little boy tried it and loved it. “His mom cried after,” she said. Lofthus got the idea from a friend in Colorado who witnessed a similar experiment. She said they plan to be at the mall next weekend where the group is thinking about challenging people to give hugs. Sturgeon said they got permission from mall security to set up in the mall, near the food court. (Molly Lovell-Keely photo)

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