Monotone Andrew Hails and prank group  have come up with one of their best awkward social experiments yet.

Andrew just walked around the boardwalk of Venice Beach attempting to hug complete strangers. People reacted in a variety of ways, from immediately hugging Andrew back in open arms, to yelling, “Get away from me.”

His sister Jacklyn also joined in the fun, and might have even struck out worse.

Of course, this is Venice Beach, California. People’s reactions may have been a little more rough if they attempted the same in Texas, for example. 

But one fan of the experiment was truly touched and commented, “We need this everywhere, at all times.”