If there's one thing that audience members at "The Ellen Show" should know, it's that there might be a camera on them at even the most unexpected moment.
One woman who was filmed stealing a bunch of extra swag and subsequently shamed on the show by Ellen Degeneres herself would have done well to remember that (video below).
"When I started the show 14 years ago, I said, 'This is going to be like a relationship,'" Ellen tells her audience in the video, before joking that the two most important things in a relationship are trust and separate thermostats. "So, before the show, I put out some 'Ellen' products with a sign that said, 'Only one per person,' and I just wanted to see how honest my audience was."
She praises her audience for being "very honest" even when they don't think anyone is watching and then shows a clip of one woman who excitedly browses the merchandise and debates whether to grab a t-shirt or a baseball cap.
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"I'll just buy this," she eventually says, putting the hat back and keeping the shirt.
Ellen ends up giving the woman the extra hat for free.
"That's for you, for being honest," the television host says. "You don't have to buy it now."
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And indeed, just about everyone followed the one per person rule.
"Any of you could have taken more than one thing, and you didn't," Ellen says. "Except for these ladies right here."
The two audience members then get shamed on tv, as Ellen rolls footage of the pair's visit to the swag table, showing them take three items each.
"No one will see it," says a woman who later tells Ellen her name is Nancy.
In the video, the woman's friend asks if she is taking more stuff.
"Shh, no," Nancy answers. "Shut up."
Nancy puts the stuff away, then returns twice to grab more stuff before hightailing it out of there.
"My sister couldn't come, so that was her souvenir," the audience member tells Ellen when confronted about why she stole from the table.
Ellen responds that "a lot of people's sisters couldn't come" and makes her spend the rest of the taping sitting on timeout onstage in the "Ellen jail" for the duration of the show.
"Let that be a lesson to you," Ellen adds. "You think nobody's watching you and you just need to be a good person, just because you want to be a good person."
While this rendition of audience-shaming might seem harsh to some, the actress is known for her Oprah-style generosity on the show and has done a number of nice things for her fans over the years, including giving everyone at one taping two free round-trip airline tickets, according to The Points Guy. She has also teamed up with country singer Dierks Bentley to give an impoverished military family $50,000, notes She Knows.