Should ReSet (Kanghua Ren) Go to Jail for Oreo Toothpaste Prank?
A Spanish YouTuber is facing prison time for giving Oreos filled with toothpaste to a homeless man.
Kanghua Ren posts content on YouTube under the name ReSet. He performs challenges on his channel and plays the occasional game of Fortnite as well. But, on this occasion, he removed the cream from the middle of Oreo cookies, replaced it with toothpaste, and then gave the package to a homeless man. He also gave the man, who seemed initially grateful, a 20-Euro note.
In the video, which was originally posted in January 2017 and has since been removed, Kanghua says: “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.” But the police aren’t looking at the “positive side.” He is charged with a “crime against moral integrity” and faces two years in prison and a fine of 30,000 Euro, which is over $37,000 U.S. dollars.
The homeless man, identified by authorities as George L., told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he became sick and vomited within a few minutes of eating the cookies. Prosecutors were insistent on holding ReSet accountable, since his intention was, they say, to humiliate the man. But others think imprisonment is taking things too far. After all, there are literally thousands of videos online of people pranking friends and family with Toothpaste Oreos.
And while we don’t doubt the victim’s claim that he got sick — how did he not know right away that it was toothpaste and not cream? Since the incident, ReSet has apologized multiple times and even shot a video where he lived on the street for 48 hours, in an attempt to help his viewers understand the plight of the homeless.
Prosecutors, however, aren’t backing down. They argue that ReSet not only humiliated the man, but made over 2,000 Euro doing it through YouTube advertising. They also say that his apologies are merely an attempt to turn public opinion back in his favor. He reportedly offered George L. 300 Euro to not talk to the police or the press. And in a previous prank, he offered sandwiches filled with cat feces to children and the elderly.
So now the Spanish public waits for a Barcelona court to decide whether or not ReSet will go to jail.
Most prankers probably assume that the prankee will know after one bite that it’s toothpaste and they shouldn’t eat it, but it’s not a given. In the meantime, ReSet’s channel still has 1.2 million subscribers with new content going up all the time.
What do you guys think? Does ReSet deserve prison time, or does the punishment not exactly fit the crime? Let us know in the comments.
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