Some polls and surveys have given negative marks to South Florida’s traffic, people, and demeanor. But a recent test by a tea company showed that there is one word that describes a majority of South Floridians…honest.
The Honest Tea Company decided to test out the honesty of residents in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando. So, the company set up a booth called “The Honest Store” and stocked it with ice cold tea in all flavors and asked people to put a dollar into a box beside the bottles, according to WFLA in Tampa.
A little way down the beach from the tea stand, a worker kept a tally of who paid and who didn’t, along with personal characteristics of everyone who interacted with the stand. Believe it or not, almost everyone who decided to take a bottle put a dollar into the box.
“It’s definitely non-scientific,” Steve Ozer of the Honest Tea Company told Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA. “We don’t have a large area here, so it’s more of a light-hearted social experiment.”
So how did Floridians do on the test? Miami came in with 92 percent of those who took a bottle dropping a dollar. Orlando was slightly higher and Tampa was just a notch below with 89 percent of the people paying up.
“I would love to see a hundred percent,” Ozer told WFLA. “Alabama and Hawaii, a hundred percent last year.”
The company said it will be performing the test in all 50 states and is expected to release the full results of the nation in a few weeks.