YouTuber 'ReSet' was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $22,300 for giving toothpaste-filled Oreos to a man experiencing homelessness.
The Spain-based YouTuber, whose real name is Kanghua Ren, posted a video in January 2017 of himself scraping Oreo cookies and refilling them with toothpaste. He then gave the cookies, along with 20 euros to a man experiencing homelessness in Barcelona. Ren made the video after he was challenged to do so by one of his more than 1.2 million subscribers. The video went viral and was later removed from his YouTube channel.
After widespread condemnation of the video, Ren visited the homeless man again and gave him another 20 euros. Police said he also offered the victim’s daughter 300 euros in return for not filing a lawsuit against him.
On May 31, 2019, a Barcelona court found Ren guilty of “violating the moral integrity” of the man. The judge in the case reportedly noted that Ren earned more than $2,000 in ad revenue generated by the video. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and must pay $22,300 in compensation to the victim of his “prank.”
According to an article in European government-owned agency Catalan News, in May 2018, 3,055 people were homeless in Barcelona, 956 were sleeping on the street, and another 2,099 were living in shelters.