As part of an unusual social experiment, a Mexican mayor disguised himself as a disabled person in need of assistance to test the attitude of local public servants first-hand. Carlos Tena, the mayor of Cuauhtémoc, a town in Mexico’s Chihuahua state, didn’t know who to believe, the alleged victims or his co-workers. So he devised a plan to test the attitude of local social workers himself.
Tena spent two months putting together a believable disguise and then visited public servants at both the Mayor’s Office and Social Services posing as a disabled man in need of help. Reporting his experiment Tena said he was ignored and discriminated at some offices but not all of them displayed the same attitude toward him. The mayor said he didn’t want to hear about people being mistreated again, or he would take drastic measures.