For two weeks in May, Brooklyn artist Jillian May set up an unmanned kiosk teeming with vegan cupcakes and cookies and a sign prompting passersby to take a treat and leave a quarter in the jar to pay for it. The stand was an art project on honesty and culture called Conzept Kiosk and it soon developed quite a following from many Prospect Heights locals.
The cupcakes were a steal, considering vegan cupcakes usually go for a whopping $2.50, but that didn’t stop people from purloining the pastries or the jar full of change. New York mag’s Daily Intel reports that folks walked away with, broke, and melted her change jar. Brooklyn Paper reports that there were also folks who turned down the treats altogether. May surmises such people are “suspicious of generosity in an urban culture.”