Covert filming in Hoboken

4/25/2008:

On 20/20 tonight. Set your DVR’s if you’ll be out drinking.

10/30/2007 update 2:

They seem to have a couple kids “posing” as the lost/sad child. Here’s another kid on a skateboard looking miserable.

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10/30/2007 Update:

These photos are from around 2pm today. A distraught woman was talking with John Quinones of ABC Primetime, along with a full crew. She was very upset about this, saying that is was not a smart thing to do with a 6-year old child. Mr. Quinones as well as the staff re-assured her that the kid was OK, and the he was “a professional actor”.

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10/30/2007:

A 411 reader had these observations about this setup on the way home from work yesterday afternoon:

“Just on my way home a few minutes ago and there was a scene taking place at on 3rd & Washington where that black van is still parked.

Some concerned citizens were confronting the older man in the van, telling him he had to move the van as it was parked on the corner, in the yellow area. At the same time, two other vans were parked illegally on 3rd Street facing east, so there was no clear view for anyone turning left in Washington. It looked like the production people had many of the meters reserved as the bags were over them, but funny enough, in some of those spaces there is no car parked. Yet, they decide to park in an illegal, unsafe spot.

The best thing of all…..an HPD officer walked by and she didn’t even look twice. She just kept walking west on 3rd Street. The citizens seemed to be calling the police on their cell phone when I walked away.”

Then, this morning, another reader spotted an ABC Primetime correspondent there, which pretty much sheds light on where this story will be seen. Check your local listings for the day, and share w/ the rest of us.

john-quinones-abc-primetime-hoboken.jpg“Today this morning around 9:15 while walking down Washington street at the corner of 3rd, I saw John Quinones of ABC’s Primetime setting up and getting ready to film one of his segments outside McDonalds. I was just curious if anyone else saw anything or knew what the story was about. I didn’t have time to stop and ask. I’ve pasted his picture below so you know who I’m talking about. He has done stories in the past about human nature entitled “What would you do?”, and I did hear one of them mention 911 while I was passing by. If you have any info, you’d definitely satisfy my curiosity… Thanks!”

10/28/2007:

At around 5:00pm today, an astute Hoboken411 reader picked up on this mysterious hidden camera rig being setup in front of McDonald’s / Mercy Grill this afternoon. Anyone know what they’re up to?

They said:

“There’s two black E250 vans sitting outside of Mcdonald’s on 3rd and Wash. The black van with the “A-1 Plumbing” on it, is a remote truck for video and audio (note that plumbers do not have 900 mhz (I believe without further research they are 900mhz…. and microwave on the roof), as well as several cables coming out the side window street side. Parked in front of it, is a truck with NYP (new york press plates) which has an ABC news placard on it.

While there, I noticed a guy placing a hidden camera in a piece of PVC piping used usually for electric work and cable tying it to the outdoor fence outside of Mercy Grill

I asked the guys what they were filming as they are obviously a film crew, and he didn’t really say, just “we are trying to capture peoples reactions to things.” as well as mentioning that most people wouldn’t notice that such things are out of place and not part of what is normal. Note that if it has advertising on the vehicle, it should have commercial plates, which this truck did not.”

What’s the deal?

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87 Comments on "Covert filming in Hoboken"


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8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”79876″][quote comment=”50737″]After reading this post over the past 2 days, I saw the boy on the skateboard as mentioned above while walking my dog this evening.

I looked at the little boy, and then yelled loud enough for most to hear: “No one cares that you are lost, or your parents left you here. They should drop dead, you should play in traffic, and the people filming this should drink a gallon of Pine Sol.” A half block later, a guy in a blue shirt with an earpiece attempted to pull me aside.

When my dog almost mauled him for grabbing me, he proceeded to call me an asshole for wasting film. I told him he was wasting everyone elses time, because truly no one cares about children in Hoboken. Unless you are one of those mothers who exude that bullsh1t sense of entitlement simply becuase you got knocked up. No one cares about this kid, and certainly no one cares for YOUR kid. Now, move your goddam stroller out of the middle of the sidewalk and let us pass. :twisted:[/quote]

wow….who the hell raped you as a child?[/quote]

ROTFLMAO! :mrgreen:

bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”50864″]I must be the only one on this board who has watched the programs, “what would you do?” that John Quinones has hosted….which just watch and discuss people’s reactions to staged events i.e. a woman being physically harassed by her boyfriend…to see what, if anything people would do—walk by, intervene, etc.
Heartening to know that so many caring people live in Hoboken.[/quote]

i’ve watched the show and i think it’s pretty good and entertaining. though now seeing what happened in hoboken…that people knew it was going on and purposely avoided it, i wonder how the show actually works out.

the one i saw had a distraught man (they alternated between a black man and a white man) sitting in a park. they had people come in for an interview, and sent them to another interview. the directions sent them past the person in need, and they filmed the outcomes. some people stopped, some didn’t.

i think the lost child in Hoboken makes sense. a lot of kids wouldn’t necessarily know to go into a store for help (many parents tell their kids to do this though). some kids are panicked. it’s pretty scary at that age to look around and not know anyone and have no idea where your parents are. but it’s funny that ABC picked the city that’s so anti-kids for their segment. i bet the results are pretty obvious.

bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”50737″]After reading this post over the past 2 days, I saw the boy on the skateboard as mentioned above while walking my dog this evening.

I looked at the little boy, and then yelled loud enough for most to hear: “No one cares that you are lost, or your parents left you here. They should drop dead, you should play in traffic, and the people filming this should drink a gallon of Pine Sol.” A half block later, a guy in a blue shirt with an earpiece attempted to pull me aside.

When my dog almost mauled him for grabbing me, he proceeded to call me an asshole for wasting film. I told him he was wasting everyone elses time, because truly no one cares about children in Hoboken. Unless you are one of those mothers who exude that bullsh1t sense of entitlement simply becuase you got knocked up. No one cares about this kid, and certainly no one cares for YOUR kid. Now, move your goddam stroller out of the middle of the sidewalk and let us pass. :twisted:[/quote]

wow….who the hell raped you as a child?

el norte
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el norte
8 years 4 months ago

That kid made more money in one day than the minimum wagers in Wacdonalds make in one week.

elainetyger
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elainetyger
8 years 4 months ago

I didn’t notice any kids being filmed, but I did notice a camera posted on top of the new traffic light at Hudson and Newark, watching the cars coming up Newark.

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