YouTuber Faces Jail for Prank on Homeless Man
A YouTuber who trick a homeless man into eating an Oreo biscuit filled with toothpaste have been given a 15 month jail sentence.
Spanish vlogger Kanghua Ren “violated the moral integrity” of the victim of his 2017 prank, the New York Times report the Barcelona court as saying.
The court also ruled Ren’s YouTube channel Reset, must be shut down and he do not post any videos until 2024.
Ren also ordered to pay his victim €20,000 (£17,700) compensation.
The New York Times told that Ren was doubtful to spend any time in jail, though, as Spanish courts typically suspend sentences of under two years for first-time offenders found guilty of committing non-violent crimes.
The homeless man was identified by Spanish media as Gheorge L – a Romanian who worked as a shepherd before moving to Barcelona.
Court documents excerpted in Spanish newspapers show Ren made about €2,000 from adverts that ran on the film of the prank.
They told the prank was not an “isolated act” – Ren had carried out other “cruel” tricks on other vulnerable victims.
The filmed prank, which left the homeless man vomiting, brought widespread condemnation for Ren.
He deletes the video from his following the criticism channel, when goes to see the man again and offered him €20.
Afterwards, he offered to the man and pay €300 if he did not start legal action over the stunt.
Ren undertake the prank after a challenged by one of his 1.2 million followers to eat a toothpaste-filled biscuit himself.