10/08/2012 14:33 BST | Updated 10/08/2012 14:34 BST

California 'Hugging Experiment' Provokes Mixed Reactions (VIDEO)

Ever wondered what would happen if you attempted to hug random people in the street? You're just about to find out - courtesy of a brother-and-sister team who tried out a hugging experiment in Venice Beach, California.

Reactions vary from laughter to confusion - although one woman does look genuinely scared and snaps, "Get away from me!" (Truth be told, we'd probably do the same if a stranger suddenly lunged at us in the street.)

Male "hugger" Andrew Hales - who runs YouTube channel LAHWF - uploads a new video to the site every Monday, and this one's gone viral within days.

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