A YouTube prankster offering two homeless men a chance to win $100 by arm wrestling each other says he unexpectedly witnessed the “most inspiring thing” he’s ever captured on video when the winner of the challenge selflessly offered to share his winnings.
“I know how it is, man,” one of the homeless men said. “Feed the needy, not the greedy.”
The touching act moved prankster Coby Persin to give each of the men $100 more each.
“This is like one of the most inspirational things I’ve ever seen,” he said. “You just won $100, you gave it to him, you don’t even know him, and you’re helping him when you don’t even have a lot yourself.”
Now, as inspiring as the video appears to be, some viewers have raised some concerns regarding the footage.
Firstly, some viewers have complained in the comments section that the video has a “scripted” feel. Others pointed out that Persin offered two $50 bills to the winner of the arm-wrestling match the first time even though he clearly had $100 bills in his wallet, making it very convenient to share one of them.
But Persin told TheBlaze there is “nothing scripted about the video.”
“These guys were the first ones we chose,” he said in an email. “When something special and unique happens, people always say ‘fake.’ It’s a new thing on YouTube to call every video fake.”
Persin also said he had extra money in his wallet because he planned on doing the arm-wrestling challenge several times. However, after the perfect ending to the very first one, he decided to give them all the money he had.
This story has been updated.