YouTube Star Banned For 5 Years After Feeding Homeless Man Toothpaste-filled Oreos

A YouTube star has been banned from the platform for five years after he made a video tricking a homeless person into eating Oreo cookies filled with toothpaste and then joking they would clean him.

21-year-old Chinese YouTuber Kanghua Ren, creator of the popular channel ReSet, was given the unusual sentence by a judge for the video posted in January 2017.

In the now-deleted video, the Barcelona-based prankster filmed himself filling the cookies with toothpaste before repackaging them and handing them over to a 52-year-old homeless man, named by authorities as Gheorge L. As he ate the oreos, Kanghua remarked, "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 cookie caused Gheorge L., originally from Romania, to vomit, with him telling Spanish newspaper El Pais he had "never been treated so poorly while living on the street."

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YouTube star Kanghua Ren was charged after feeding a homeless man toothpaste-filled Oreos in one of his videos. ReSet/YouTube

The YouTuber went back to visit Gheorge L. to record another video, saying on camera, "People exaggerate over jokes in the street (played) on a beggar, when surely if it's done to a normal person they wouldn't say anything."

Him and a friend then visited the homeless man a third time for another video in which they planned to spend the night with him, but a witness called the police.

Kanghua, whose videos attract millions of views, made $2,475 in advertising from the video, according to court documents seen by El Pais.

Kanghua was charged with a crime against moral integrity, but his 15-month prison sentence will not be carried out as he has no prior criminal record. At the ruling, the judge called Kanghua's actions "a clear and unequivocal act of vexatious content" and that the toothpaste the homeless person ate caused "physical suffering." He must also pay 20,000 euros ($22,305) to the victim in compensation, according to El Pais.

At the trial, Kanghua claimed the video was just part of the "challenges" that he created on his channel and that the whole event was broadcast "in a joke," as reported by El Pais. Prosecutors had sought a two year prison sentence and 30,000 euros in compensation for the homeless man.

Kanghua's channel has over 1.2 million subscribers, with the latest video published on May 21. Not only will he have to erase his channel, under the judge's ruling, but he is also not allowed to create a new account for the next five years.

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