A Chinese YouTuber based in Barcelona, Spain is facing up to two years in prison after giving a homeless man Oreos filled with toothpaste for a prank.
Kanghua Ren, who goes by the moniker ReSet, has 1.2 million subscribers on the video sharing platform.
In a now-deleted video, the YouTuber can be seen stuffing Oreo cookies with toothpaste and taking them to a homeless man out on the street.
The man, identified as 52-year-old Gheorghe L., took the Oreos and ate them. He was a former pastor in Romania, according to Spanish outlet El Pais.
Ren, who also handed €20 ($25), even joked that the cookies should clean the man’s teeth. The Independent quoted him as saying:
“Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: this will help him clean his teeth. I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”
The video, which immediately sparked fury, brought in over €2,180 ($2,675) for advertisements, as per court documents.
Ren, who was just ordered to return to China, was charged with a crime against moral integrity.
“I got sick after five minutes and threw up,” Gheorghe L. said, adding that he never knew about the YouTuber.
Ren, along with a friend, reportedly returned to Gheorghe L. amid the online furor and asked to spend the night with him. However, a witness saw the interaction and called the police.
Ren reportedly offered Gheorghe L. €300 ($368) in exchange for his silence so that he can “reestablish his image” and “ingratiate himself with public opinion.”
Netizens have been storming his other videos with angry comments:
Prosecutors are seeking to put Ren in prison for two years and pay Gheorghe L. €30,000 ($36,807) in compensation. He is currently out on bail.
Sadly, this is not the first time the YouTuber has been caught in a scandal over his conduct. Past investigations revealed that he also offered children and elderly people sandwiches filled with his cat’s feces in the past, according to The Independent.
You can watch a copy of the video on Vidmax.