Compliance

conpliance

Inspired by true events, this 2013 film tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority.

On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast-food restaurant, high-strung manager Sandra Fromme (Ann Dawd) gets a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blond named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra cooperates with the investigtion, following step-by-step instructions.

Unknown to Sandra, this was actually a prank phone call that led to a sexual assault that turned into a rape. After a report was made, the Police Department revealed that a  similar incident also happened in Massachussettes two weeks earlier, and that more than 70 similar incidents were reported in 30 US states. Sandra maintained that she was also a victim. She was very very stressed and very busy as her restaurant had just suffered a loss of $1,500 in supplies.  Had she been brainwashed? It never occured to her to doubt the caller though she found everything was very strange.

This film reminds me of the scams, online or otherwise, that have been happening in recent times. Despite the many newspaper reports and periodic advice and warnings from the authorities, many people (and not just the older folks) still fall prey. So we cannot say that the authorities are not doing enough. Are people really so gullible or is there really such a thing as brainwashing a potential victim?

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