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June 20th, 2007, 8:06 PM
Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person it would be worth it.

How it all started:

I'd been living in London when my world turned upside down and I'd had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words "Free Hugs" on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven't compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.
Why Did it get banned?

Public liability fear and red tape. But its all okay now! Make sure tocheck your local laws before embarking on your Hugathon!
Special Thanks

I would just like to thank Sickpuppies for their incredible song "All the Same " which the free hugs campaign video would have never been the same without.

June 21st, 2007, 10:14 AM
Some friends of mine were doing that downtown a few months ago. It went well, but when they tried to do it at my school, they were told by administration that they couldn't. The only reason given was that it was solicitation. :\

I'm not a hug person, but I see no reason to ban something like that. <_<;

June 21st, 2007, 10:16 AM
Really Erica? We did it our school a few months ago. It went fine. I think your administration just sucks. XD

June 21st, 2007, 10:20 AM
I think it's a great idea, but I'm not someone who gets hugged all that often. I got some free hugs when I went to Penguicon, though, and it made my awesome day even more wonderful. I'm such a sappy sentimentalist.

June 21st, 2007, 11:33 AM
I go out and do it once a month. Now I can go to Six Flags since its open. It is really amazing the reactions you get. A hug can make someones day and you could be the one to do it.

June 21st, 2007, 2:08 PM
Really Erica? We did it our school a few months ago. It went fine. I think your administration just sucks. XD
Oh, I know. We whine(d?) about them 24/7. It's funny, because we're a Catholic school, too, so you'd think something as loving as a hug would be encouraged, not prohibited. :|

June 21st, 2007, 5:59 PM
Some people are just stupid about things like that.

June 21st, 2007, 6:53 PM
Indeed...I see nothing wrong with it as long as you dont go and force them on anyone...

June 23rd, 2007, 10:20 PM
I think I the news the other day, a school banned hugging. Along with it, handshaking. Handshaking. w-t-f. Overall, no touching. Don't request or ask me to tell you where this school is because I don't know.

June 23rd, 2007, 10:23 PM
If I had a stranger just come up and hug me, that'd be creepy, at least for me anyway. I do hug friends randomly though, and vice versa, so I don't know if that counts. XD

June 24th, 2007, 12:04 AM
We dont come up to you and hug you. We have our pretty cardboard signs and we stand out them and everyone hugs us. you never know whos needs a hug.

June 24th, 2007, 1:59 PM
I've tried this a few times, a few people hugged me, one guy even kissed me on the cheek, But last time, some guy got really aggressive and took a swing for me. =/