Man gives homeless stranger $100, secretly films him to show how he spends it

Posted at 9:36 PM, Dec 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-23 21:51:28-05

CALIFORNIA –YouTube user Josh Paler Lin wanted to see what would happen if he donated $100 to a random homeless man, and the video that resulted is going viral.

After giving a man named Thomas $100, Paler Lin watches as he uses it to pay it forward to others.

He writes in the video description:

I wasn’t expecting to get this kind of footage… to be honest, I thought this video would be more an exposing homeless people video at first. But I’m so glad that I could witness and capture such a beautiful moment. This has to be one of the most amazing experience so far on this channel. I did not only just help a homeless man, but I actually met an incredible human being and a friend. We were following him for a couple miles for almost an hour or so. Later that day we took him out to eat and got him a hotel to stay. The more I talk to him, the more I sense how genuine he is…. I gave him my number and told him to call me when he needs help. This again proof that not all the homeless people are bad people. Never judge a book by its cover. One love! :)

Paler Lin uploaded “How Does a Homeless Man Spend $100?” on Monday, and a day later the video has nearly 7 million views.  He also started an Indiegogo page for donations to Thomas that already raised more than $38,000 as of Tuesday evening.