A homeless man meets a YouTube personality in a heartwarming viral video clip. Was it all staged? (credit: YouTube/Josh Paler Lin Channel)

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com)  — The viral Clip of a homeless man buying food for friends with $100 he had been given warmed the hearts of many of the more than 25 million people who clicked on it.quý khách hàng vẫn xem: Josh paler lin là ai

Donations came pouring in for the homeless man named Thomas. More than $130,000 donated from around the globe in about a week.quý khách hàng đang xem: Josh paler lin là ai

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Josh Paler Lin, the YouTube personality who uploaded the nearly five-minute video, is telling everyone within earshot that the heartwarming viral đoạn phim is real.Quý khách hàng sẽ xem: Josh paler lin là ai

The homeless man’s brother, however, said that his brother is being scammed. Meanwhile, an eyewitness lớn the filming also believes the entire thing is a hoax.

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The eyewitness told CBS2’s Stacey Butler that he saw Thomas in Lin’s car when Lin purported the man didn’t know he was being filmed. During the đoạn Clip, Lin can be heard telling his shooter, “Make sure he doesn’t see you.”

The homeless man’s brother also spoke lớn Butler.

In the đoạn Clip, the homeless man is tracked to lớn a convenience store that sold liquor. He buys food for other homeless people with the $100 he was given by Lin.

Lin later confronts the man and gives hyên another $100 because he said he assumed he was going khổng lồ buy alcohol with the money & he couldn’t believe sầu he was so generous with his friends.

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The eyewitness to the filming told Butler he knew Lin from his many prankster videos and said he definitely saw Thomas in Lin’s vehicle during set-ups.

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“I was there,” says Taugan Kadalyên ổn, “they didn’t ‘follow’ hlặng. They drove hlặng there

Kadalyên ổn believes Thomas, 56, is really homeless but that the entire Clip was staged.

“I think the manner in how they portrayed the entire đoạn Clip is deceitful,” Kadalim says, “And dishonest.”

Thomas’ brother, Kevin Nickel, reached out to CBS2.

“In a surprising twist,” Butler reported, “he says his brother’s real name is Kenny Nickel. He said his brother is an alcoholic và lived with their parents until both died last summer.”

“He’s sitting on money,” Kevin said, not sure if his brother is even aware of the Indiegogo money being collected on his behalf. “But this is a scam. This money needs to lớn go to people who really need it.”

Kevin fears his brother is being manipulated and that if he does get the money he uses it to lớn get help.

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