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An exercise in (non-)human psychology

Two coworkers of mine -- who I will leave nameless to protect the innocent -- cannot settle a raging debate, and they have turned to me for an impartial third-party opinion. In turn, I turn to you, people of the Internets. Can you take a few seconds and help me put this to rest for them?

Poll #1104182 A bitter sweets debate

1. You see an open box of assorted filled chocolates in a public area at work. They were left by one of your coworkers and are meant to be shared. The chocolates are unlabeled; there is no key indicating what's inside them.

I take a chocolate.
60(75.9%)
I don't take a chocolate.
19(24.1%)

2. All of the conditions of question #1, *PLUS*: Someone has smashed open all of the chocolates. The damage is very prominent. However, the pieces have all stayed separate; the mess factor is negligible; and you can now see what they're filled with.

I take a chocolate.
34(43.0%)
I don't take a chocolate.
45(57.0%)

3. All of the conditions of question #2, PLUS: Written on the box in large letters are the words "SAFE TO EAT. YUM YUM!"

I take a chocolate.
18(22.8%)
I don't take a chocolate.
61(77.2%)

4. All of the conditions of question #3, PLUS: A trustworthy coworker says the chocolates were smashed open in a sanitary fashion, without being touched by human hands.

I take a chocolate.
56(70.9%)
I don't take a chocolate.
23(29.1%)

5. All of the conditions of question #4, PLUS: You can see that at least one of the chocolates has a filling you really like.

I take a chocolate.
61(77.2%)
I don't take a chocolate.
18(22.8%)

6. If the box from question #4 (all damaged but ID'd; breakage was sanitary) and the box from question #1 (pristine mystery chocolates) were on the table side by side, which would you choose?

A pristine chocolate with an unknown, random filling.
44(61.1%)
A smashed-up chocolate with a known filling.
28(38.9%)


Explain yourself in comments, if you'd like -- especially if your reasons for the decision are unexpected. For example, I only went for them once they were broken -- but for the undoubtedly strange reason that I expected nobody else would, and I didn't want them to go to waste!
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