Is it a sham? Viral video of homeless man spending $100 gift on others questioned

That feel-good video that went viral last week showing of a homeless plan apparently using $100 he was given by a stranger to buy food for fellow poor people is being called a hoax by a man claiming to have witnesses the whole event.

The video was picked up by websites around the world, including BizPac Review.

According to an account published by, an Anaheim, Calif., nursing student says he watched the video maker, Josh Paler Lin, arrive with the homeless man at a liquor store in the same vehicle.

In the video, Lin claimed to have followed the man secretly.

That would mean the rest of the heart-warming video, which showed the homeless man, whose name was Thomas, leaving the liquor store and distributing food to others in a nearby park, was a sham.

“Bro, he drove Thomas to the liquor store,” nursing student Taugan Tan Kadalim told Vocativ.

“While I think the guy is homeless, it is clear that from what I saw every part of that scene was staged.

“The whole thing is bullshit.”

News that the heart-warming story might have been made up was “crushing” in the Twitter world.

Lin responded to the accusation on Tuesday:


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