Homeless man gets $100, goes to liquor shop

By Brian Lemay 84 comments


HOMELESS MAN. CATCH RAHS SECRETLY RECORDING HOW HE WOULD SPEND THE MONEY. ALISON KOSIK WITH THE ASTONISHING RESULTS.>>Reporter: WHEN YOUTUBE STAR JOSH PAY LORE LYNN FAMOUS FOR MAKING PRANK VIDEOS LIKE SEX WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND MAFIA MURDER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO GIVE A HOMELESS MAN $100, IT WASN’T CHARITY. HE WANTED TO TRACK HOW THE HOMELESS MAN WOULD SPEND THE CASH.>>HEY. >>HEY, HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>GOOD, HOW ARE YOU.>>I’M GOOD. >>I’M JOSH. NICE TO MEET YOU.>>I WANT ENOUGH TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT. >>I LIKE TO GIVE BACK TO PEOPLE. NOT GOING TO BE THAT MUCH. >>ANYTHING IS AP PREESH EIGHTED. >>THIS IS A HUNDRED BUCKS HERE.>>NO WAY.>>CAN I HUG YOU?>>SURE. >>WITH THE PROMISE TO SPEND THE HUNDRED WELL, LYNN WAITED. THE MAN’S FIRST STOP AFTER GETTING THE MONEY, A LIQUOR STORE.>>KEEP FILMING. >>WHAT DID HE GET?>>LET’S GO.>>LOADED DOWN WITH TWO FULL BAGS FROM THE LIQUOR STORE, THE MAN MAKES HIS WAY TO A PARK, FOLLOWED ALL ALONG BY LYNN AND HIS CAMERA.>>Reporter: INSIDE THE BAGS, NO LIQUOR, NO BOOZE, JUST FOOD. >>GIVING THEM FOOD. >>I WANT TO TALK TO HIM.>>THANK YOU.>>HEY.>>WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?>>I WAS FOLLOWING YOU THE ENTIRE TIME. AFTER I GAVE YOU THE MONEY — MY CAMERAMAN IS RIGHT THERE. >>DO YOU EVEN KNOW THEM?>>NO. >>I FEEL LIKE I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY. YOU WENT TO A LIQUOR STORE. >>YOU THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET ALL SMACKED UP DRUNK. >>I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BUY ALCOHOL OR SOMETHING. >>THERE’S THINGS MONEY CAN’T BUY. I GET A HAPPINESS OUT OF WHAT I’M DOING. >>Reporter: A MAN WITH NOTHING TO GIVE CAUGHT GIVING ALL THAT HE HAS AND LYNN, THE FAMOUS YOUTUBE PRANK CENTER LEFT SPEECHLESS. >>CAN’T BELIEVE THAT JUST

84 Comments

Kyle Burdick

Dec 12, 2014, 4:26 pm Reply

Cnn is gay

SLAMO

Dec 12, 2014, 4:27 pm Reply

Oh muh Christmas feels!

Silentsilky

Dec 12, 2014, 4:30 pm Reply

.and this is news?

ADAJ3

Dec 12, 2014, 4:34 pm Reply

They've raised over $70 K for the homeless man since.

Big Donny Reviews

Dec 12, 2014, 4:34 pm Reply

i love this video

Xavier Ancarno

Dec 12, 2014, 4:35 pm Reply

This is the first time CNN make me cry…

Merry Christmas

imatelly

Dec 12, 2014, 4:39 pm Reply

first off this is a guy that does prank videos.
so this is a prank or dude did buy liquor cause you dont go buy food at a liquor store. also the things he was giving out were already in the bag or this is just a prank.
homeless people are homeless for a reason the people that cant see this is everyone.
nm lets just believe the news or ill just let you believe it.

Peter Ojiambo

Dec 12, 2014, 4:46 pm Reply

A nice little reminder to pay it forward, whenever & however. God bless them in abundance. Happy Holidays!

Hamad Oman

Dec 12, 2014, 4:46 pm Reply

It seems CNN does not know how to help Obama while unemployment is soaring.

Phillips Mom

Dec 12, 2014, 4:46 pm Reply

Fake…… That guys not homeless, he looks too clean and has on a better coat then I have. And shoes.

Dave Scanlon

Dec 12, 2014, 4:47 pm Reply

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-thomas-to-get-a-fresh-start

PLEASE GO MAKE HIS LIFE CHANGE JUST 1$ WILL MAKE A BIG IMPACT ON HIS LIFE GO DONATE!

Duncan Pinderhughes

Dec 12, 2014, 4:49 pm Reply

$100 dollars isn't gonna change a homeless guys life. Food and liquor would be the only thing I would expect him to buy.

UMI

Dec 12, 2014, 4:57 pm Reply

Watch the video the see the homeless mans back story

Kron Hertz

Dec 12, 2014, 4:57 pm Reply

Fake. The video is staged just like every other Youtube sensation video out there.
You gullible sheeple never learn even after the 'Olive Garden' video and every other fake prank or random acts of kindness.

54B4Y4N C4MBR4

Dec 12, 2014, 4:58 pm Reply

…and I kicked a soup can down the street…

oh hell no

Dec 12, 2014, 5:09 pm Reply

maybe that's why he's broke…. he keeps giving shit away. if wanna be rich or successful in this life you have to be selfish and greedy

RICK EVANS

Dec 12, 2014, 5:17 pm Reply

Horsefeathers! Wakeup people!

Scott Payne

Dec 12, 2014, 5:29 pm Reply

Right, check it out, search!  Many people who win millions in lotteries are broke in a few years.

It seems obvious to me that if you gave this guy a million $, he would just waste it on other homeless bums…..  LOL

I've lived very well on what is thrown away!   😀
REV18

Tammy Sanford-Banks

Dec 12, 2014, 5:38 pm Reply

God bless.

Yolo Av

Dec 12, 2014, 5:41 pm Reply

fake

Tejasnite

Dec 12, 2014, 5:46 pm Reply

His return rewards, x 10, give and it shall be given back 10 fold,,, MERRY CHRISTMAS

Basha And friends

Dec 12, 2014, 5:47 pm Reply

The title or caption of the video doesn't give exact idea on how the man spend the money..

lendale86

Dec 12, 2014, 5:51 pm Reply

So what he got a drink,

lendale86

Dec 12, 2014, 5:52 pm Reply

Looks can be deceiving

Tyra Sloan-Favara

Dec 12, 2014, 5:56 pm Reply

What a nice story!

Honky Tonk

Dec 12, 2014, 5:58 pm Reply

That homeless man video is fake. It's staged.

Dardania Lion

Dec 12, 2014, 6:03 pm Reply

You might think that only bad people get homeless but that is not true. I know a friend of my father who had a very good life. He had a wife, house and a very good car. I think it was Audi A8. One day he saw his wife cheat on him with a guy in a shop she worked with. He wanted to kick her out but she was bregnant. Not sure if it was his child. Then he left her and became homeless. He lived on the street for a year where no one use to care for him. Now, a month ago he got his life back on his hand and makes around $35.000 a month by collecting metal and selling it. Trust me some homeless people are pushed into it not that they want to.

Danny Wilten

Dec 12, 2014, 6:30 pm Reply

Stupid title

Waldo

Dec 12, 2014, 6:41 pm Reply

that prank is fake the homeless guy and him have a mic on

Javus Bonmon

Dec 12, 2014, 7:05 pm Reply

Good man!

Walter Black

Dec 12, 2014, 7:12 pm Reply

Liquor stores sell food?

mineah2008

Dec 12, 2014, 7:36 pm Reply

fox "news" would never show this! lol

Jonnathan Romero

Dec 12, 2014, 7:48 pm Reply

the video was prob fake smh cnn

jetli80

Dec 12, 2014, 7:58 pm Reply

Damn CNN click baiting. This title is messed up, thought you had more intergrity than that

Armando7654

Dec 12, 2014, 8:02 pm Reply

that's what happens with the welfare paychecks 

VeganQueen

Dec 12, 2014, 8:07 pm Reply

AWWWW

Free Soul

Dec 12, 2014, 10:38 pm Reply

Oh no the Richest country USA there is Homeless that is shocking 😳

Bucky Buckminsterfullerine

Dec 12, 2014, 11:03 pm Reply

SHOCKER!

MERRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYY CHRIIIIIIISTMAAAAAASSSSSSSSS Y'ALL!!!!!!!! 🙂 ♡

☆throws confetti☆ 😛

horseygurl143

Dec 12, 2014, 12:41 am Reply

PARTY!

Boba Fett

Dec 12, 2014, 1:03 am Reply

If true, then I bow to you Sir Mr. Homeless. But in all likelihood just a fake staged video like the other two thirds of youtube. 

Al Wilson

Dec 12, 2014, 1:06 am Reply

Some more CNN staged feel good news.

NATIONALCOMMUNISM666

Dec 12, 2014, 1:19 am Reply

big fucking deal he homless let the guy drink some if he want to get you'r ass out of other people buisness maby the democrat can ban liquer again like you did in the twenty you fascist fucks. 

NATIONALCOMMUNISM666

Dec 12, 2014, 1:57 am Reply

I don't see what this vedio suppose to prove one homless guy spend A bunch of money on A bunch of liquer so fucking what also if you gave money to any one else they probly do the same thing not this homless an it doe's not make him any less poor. 

Mark Jones

Dec 12, 2014, 2:18 am Reply

good come too those who do good

issa H issa

Dec 12, 2014, 3:51 am Reply

this is a good man 👍👍

Angel Asmodeus

Dec 12, 2014, 5:31 am Reply

For once a human being looking after other human being without looking for something in return …Guess it is shocking , OH what a world we live in these days !

H. Mushmann

Dec 12, 2014, 5:35 am Reply

That headline, surprisingly good click-bait.

Rechard kk

Dec 12, 2014, 7:08 am Reply

Ok, I know this is just one random anecdoctal sample size of one but HAHAHAHA right wingers will still scream in shock after watching this!!!!

Fooly’s Mind

Dec 12, 2014, 7:13 am Reply

Imagine living on the street. Having no job to pay for medical care, to pay for a roof over your head, to buy food. You don't even have access to a shower or clothes washer to look good for a job interview. I can't blame any man or woman who would want a six pack of beer in that situation to forget just how shitty their life is and how so many people who have so much care so little for their fellow man. It wasn't until I started working and making money of my own that I realized just how hard it is to not only earn a living wage, but just stick to a job that doesn't pay a living wage and keep the motivation up. It wasn't until then that I began to have sympathy for the homeless, and understood why some choose to fill their life with alcohol or drugs. While not the smart choice, I understand it and don't blame them for it.

Abraham Moses

Dec 12, 2014, 10:24 pm Reply

This touched my heart

ruthlessmonks

Dec 12, 2014, 3:46 am Reply

Gawd, with fucking titles already! Almost touching except for the mistitling. Should be:

"Apparent homeless man surprises youtube promoter"

Imranur Rahman

Dec 12, 2014, 1:10 pm Reply

I believe we must try hard to help helpless people around us and in our society.

Bumble Bee

Dec 12, 2014, 4:13 am Reply

Nice video,

Even if staged as some say.
At very least it's accurate to actual.

It's so kind that people are acting like it's a grainy video of BigFoot, very odd.

Eric Villarreal

Dec 12, 2014, 4:21 am Reply

It great to see such compassionate people in this apathetic world most people wouldn't even give a homeless person the time of day just a reminder these people a human beings too God bless them

Celine Lopez

Dec 12, 2014, 9:12 pm Reply

HATERS are GUNNA HATE 😭😂

bgregg55

Jan 1, 2015, 12:27 am Reply

all the pessimistic naysayers making comments make be want to puke. 

Dennis Cunningham

Jan 1, 2015, 9:28 pm Reply

SCAM.. SCAM.. SCAM..
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/12/31/was-heart-tugging-viral-video-of-generous-homeless-man-all-a-hoax/
JOSH PALER LIN HAS COMMITTED A FRAUD ON ALL OF US. HE RECEIVED MONEY FOR THIS. THIS IS CRIMINAL. SO HAS THE PERSON IN THE VIDEO. HIS " REAL NAME IS " KENNI NICKEL. NOT THOMAS.

Jules John 3:16

Jan 1, 2015, 8:04 pm Reply

We should all learn a lesson from this homeless man….

David Ball

Jan 1, 2015, 5:53 am Reply

It's FAKE!  Every news station reported how it is all made up.  The guys even got in a car and drove to the liquor store.  I will never watch one of this guys videos again!   The worse thing about this is that people have donated over $130,000 to help this guy who has money already!  It is nothing more than a scam.   If you donated money please try to get it back.

Rick Marx

Feb 2, 2015, 3:29 pm Reply

That was cool!

J C

Mar 3, 2015, 5:50 pm Reply

click bait

ShakaWhen TheWallsFell

May 5, 2015, 10:17 pm Reply

wow, good for him. like he said there are things that money can't buy.

Paulpro PP

May 5, 2016, 11:25 pm Reply

it was rum cake

Sabrina Cortez

May 5, 2016, 10:26 pm Reply

even if he did get alcohol what does it matter some people start drinking to not feel the pain or to be warm.because there on the streets alone.

AMRINDER SINGH

Jun 6, 2016, 4:55 am Reply

moral is that u don't have right to judge anyone

Ethan tarko

Jul 7, 2016, 7:05 pm Reply

but it's staged and josh ripped him of

dean falconer

Jul 7, 2016, 3:34 am Reply

he didnt spend it on liquor if you watched the video all the way you would have known what he did with the rest. so please change the title

thug life 2018

Sep 9, 2016, 6:04 am Reply

God can turn those who make fun of you~ to make fun of themselves. GOD IS WATCHING US, FROM A DISTANCE.

LunaTwi01

Jun 6, 2017, 11:56 pm Reply

A liquor store? Not a full service grocery store?
You don't find that many healthy foods in a liquor store and this is likely a food desert. Yeah, not many options if you're unable to cook in this condition.

Khairy Barash

Jul 7, 2017, 11:10 am Reply

in the name of Jesus Christ that was so nice and kind Jesus was born Hallelujah not all homeless. They are the same that's what I do for a living I give to homeless in God will Jesus loves you to all I will pray for you guys my brothers and sisters

Khairy Barash

Jul 7, 2017, 11:19 am Reply

please if you have money help the homeless they are dying from the hunger and thirst give them food Jesus will appreciate it and he will bless you for that just do God will don't worry what other people say they are selfish they know how to spell money in casinos and drugs and all the type of b***** you guys just drive by and say f*** them what goes around will come around like I said do God will

Sin Blair

Sep 9, 2017, 9:24 pm Reply

One of my 100000 fav videos of the homeless doing this (:

Captain Buggy

Oct 10, 2017, 7:26 am Reply

What a badass

Lian Bond

Oct 10, 2017, 8:53 am Reply

this is fake. the hobo is his dad.

Sanctus Manifesto

Nov 11, 2017, 12:08 pm Reply

I'm going through alcohol withdrawals, HELL ON EARTH.

Hector

Nov 11, 2017, 1:39 am Reply

As fake as cnn

Dev 15

Jan 1, 2018, 2:40 am Reply

R.I.P Thomas💗

northernlitez1

Jan 1, 2018, 8:49 pm Reply

praying for blessings for this golden heart

Pipito Paerata

Jan 1, 2018, 2:11 am Reply

I want 10 bags potatoe chips 6 pts peanuts oh you sell pitza?

Stony Brook

May 5, 2018, 7:46 pm Reply

who was surprised?

ja da

Jul 7, 2018, 3:13 am Reply

You just got pranked. Here is $100. I want you to pretend you do not notice us filming you. I want you to walk into this liquor store that says quite clearly above the door "Liquor", opposed to all the other corner stores in the area you had to pass to get to this one and come out with black plastic bags that could only mean one thing, even though you HAVE your own reusable bag and in fact put the black plastic bags into said reusable bag after the fact. This way the audience has the impression that we are catching you in the act of buying liquor which is what most of us believe the typical homeless man does with money that is donated to them. And then there will be this real gut wrenching twist at the end and people will laugh, they will cry, they will cheer and look like total suckers. Ok now here is the $100…

Jordan Parks

Sep 9, 2018, 4:26 pm Reply

This is fake and that dude is a paid actor.

Anonymous Anonymous

Dec 12, 2018, 2:31 pm Reply

Rum cake

P chamberlain

Mar 3, 2019, 6:59 pm Reply

Of course fake news would cover a staged video lol

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