YouTuber Kanghua Ren has been handed a 15-month jail sentence for prank his on a homeless man in Spain.
Kanghua Ren, filmed himself offering a homeless man in Barcelona an Oreo cookie filled with toothpaste rather than cream. This fueled widespread criticism and outrage on social media.
Mr. Ren, who was 19 at the time, filmed himself in early 2017 replacing the cream inside the cookies with toothpaste after being challenged by one of his 1.2 million followers to carry out the prank. He gave them to the homeless man outside a supermarket, along with a €20 bill.
The homeless man was identified only as Gheorge L., a man in his early 50s who was born in Romania and who once worked as a shepherd before migrating to Barcelona, according to the newspaper El País. The homeless man vomited after eating the cookie.
According to the New York Times, the Spanish vlogger Kanghua Ren “violated the moral integrity” of the victim of his 2017 prank.
The court also ruled Ren’s YouTube channel, ReSet, must be shut down – and he must not post any videos until 2024.
“This was not an isolated act,” the judge, Rosa Aragonés, concluded in her ruling.
Ren has also been ordered to pay his victim €20,000 (£17,700) compensation.
Kanghua Ren is unlikely to spend any time in jail, though, as Spanish courts typically suspend sentences of under two years for first-time offenders found guilty of committing non-violent crimes.