He works behind the counter at a deli in Brooklyn, a small shop that does a brisk business in snacks, coffee, and cigarettes. I started to act like people were there watching, and that’s when they showed up.” Abuhamdeh’s routine was subtle.
In June of last year, on a whim and mostly out of boredom, Abuhamdeh mounted his phone next to the register and began to broadcast his day on You Now, a live streaming service. People would walk up and pay, he would ring them up, and then as they left, nail them with a zinger spoken to the camera.
Within hours there were men literally lining up at our door.
The men who turned up in our investigation included a New York City firefighter and a man with a history of mental illness and a criminal record.
But some wanted a chance to try to explain themselves. " Eddie: "I work independently right now." Hansen: "Yeah, you know it's ironic because I work in television, too, with Dateline NBC." At first this "television producer" seems a bit camera shy, but then decides to open up. It sounds like you're looking to have a sexual experience with this girl Rachel who you were talking to on the Internet.
When Hansen confronts Eddie, he's ready with a story. I don't know what other conclusion you can draw." Eddie: "You can search me for a condom I don't have one on me.
When 34-year-old Eddie arrives, he tries something none of the others did.
This growth is part of a broader boom in live streaming services.
Eddie: "Okay listen just say something for me." Girl: "What do you want me to say?
" Eddie: "Just say Rachel you're 19 years old right? " Girl: "But I but…" Eddie: "Rachel can you read between the lines?
Here's an excerpt of what we found: Steve, 35, thinks he's got a hot date with a 14-year-old girl.
Instead he'll be meeting Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen. I haven’t told him yet that I'm a television reporter and at this point he has no idea he's being videotaped. " Steve: "Exactly what's going on." Hansen: "Take your hands out of your pockets…
And they all had something in common: the same excuse.