r/MadeMeSmile Oct 01 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored 4 Timeless Beauty 1 Silver 17 Helpful 8 Wholesome 27 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 4

He will remember this for the rest of his life. (fetched from: @biphakathi) Helping Others

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u/ShirtPitiful8872 Oct 01 '22

Notice how as soon as he sees the money he makes sure to ensure that it is completely covered and looks around? Must be pretty afraid of getting robbed in those parts.

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u/jacksbunne Oct 01 '22

This is EXACTLY what I noticed. My family had an Indian friend who ran an orphanage and also took care of homeless kids who didn’t want to stay with the orphanage for whatever reasons. I visited Chennai ages ago to help her out. We brought treats for the kids. And I swear you had a whole room of tiny magicians. Anything you gave them just vanished. The guy our host sent with us had to reassure them that the candy was FOR them and we weren’t going to take it away. Slowly you could see all these colorful wrappers come back out.

Dragging out this exchange, people can debate whether it’s bad ethics or good content. Fine. But my heart was pounding after he palmed it like that and checked for threats. If he wasn’t also given an escort home, I’m actually stressed about his well-being.

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u/turnturnburn Oct 01 '22 Wholesome Faith In Humanity Restored

Whatever the net result is of these videos on society as whole, in this moment, I'm choosing to focus on the effect that they are having on this man's life.

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u/deckard1980 Oct 01 '22

I'm pretty sure the net result of showing people being nice to one another, no matter the reason, will be that people will be nice to one another.

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u/DMmeDuckPics Oct 01 '22

I got to see the same look on the kids face who fixed the leak in my tire an hour ago when I slipped him $50. The shop didn't charge for the fix, they quoted me two hours and he had me out in one and was nothing but upbeat and kind to me knowing there was zero money in it for him. His eyes got so wide and the "Really? Are you serious?!?" Made my day.

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u/thekid1420 Oct 01 '22

One time an old lady at my bar tipped me in Percocets and that was my exact reaction. Hopefully it made her day. She made my week!

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u/BangkokPadang Oct 01 '22

I had an old lady from CO tip me about a bowls worth of weed once.

I worked in a hippy joint with a high times centerfold on the wall, and we got to talking.

I told her I don’t smoke bc weed makes me too anxious, and she said she was the same but since she lives in CO she was able to go to a dispensary and get a kind that was perfect for her, and I offhandedly commented “maybe one day it’ll be legal here and I can try one that works for me”

On her way out, she handed me a Lipton tea bag she had put a little bit in, and whispered “it’s not tea. Have a fun night” and it was the sweetest thing from this like 70 yo lady, lol. I’ll never forget it.

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u/ItCat420 Oct 01 '22

Florida Man?

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u/ChonkyPeanutButter Oct 01 '22

Dude I have legit seen this in my own life, the time that sticks out in my head was I saw a video like this, and the same day had read James 2, and it convicted me the next day to spend some time eating with a guy who was regularly on one of the street corners by my work. Little acts of good matter because they break social norms for everyone who sees them.

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u/MadMadoc Oct 01 '22 Take My Energy

Yea I get that and I’m not saying you’re wrong. But also the whole “I was testing you to see if you were worthy of my charity,” is pretty conceited and filming the exchange just dials all that up. Dude must have said “I was testing you” like 5 times like he’s the John the Baptist or something.

The guy who gave out the money likely writes poems about how clever they are and then insists on sharing out the hidden meanings to people who don’t care.

They are likely the person who brings a guitar to a party unsolicited to play the first 35 seconds of Wonderwall, poorly.

They likely huff their own farts while this video plays in the background.

They likely wouldn’t give af about charity if they couldn’t broadcast this shit over social with the perfect binaural background music.

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u/TheFirstEdition Oct 01 '22

I normally dislike these videos but the emotion that man is showing is so genuine I can’t help but be happy. The way he says “it’s okay” when guy says he only has eight rand. Heartwarming and sincere. Who cares about the dude filming though.

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u/stanknotes Oct 01 '22

I like the saying... Doing this good deed won't change the world. But for the person you do it, the world will change... even if just for a day.

All the good we do really won't change the world. But we can change the world for some people.

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u/seanmuthafuckinontop Oct 01 '22

That’s how I feel. I remember I told my therapist that sometimes I feel bad for helping people because sometimes I’m just doing it to make myself feel better, then he said “why is it bad that you’re both being helped at the same time.” That stuck with me.

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u/MeowthThatsRite Oct 01 '22

Eh. They make people feel good, he helps the dude he’s giving money to, and he doesn’t plaster his own face all over the video.

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u/miss_six_o_clock Oct 01 '22

And maybe he inspires someone else to an act of kindness and generosity.

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u/doktornein Oct 01 '22

Communal narcissism has always existed, and always will. Many people only do good things while looking around to make sure everyone sees it. I get why it makes your skin crawl. But if the net benefit is that good things get done, why does it matter what their motivation is? Reward good behavior and you get more, shun it and you get a malignant person doing social damage instead.

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u/Leading-Mushroom Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

We have turned into a cynical judgemental bunch. I jump to that conclusion of an act like this being more self serving than selfless too sometimes. Let’s focus on the good and stay there and not allow our cynicism to pollute it

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u/redditdba Oct 01 '22

I take videos line this as inspiring other people to be kind to fellow human for no reason.

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u/Leading-Mushroom Oct 01 '22

I do more these days. I’m trying to be less cynical and immerse myself in the joy

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u/barayC Oct 01 '22

Don't care. That person really needed that. Mutual beneficial at the end of the day.

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u/alltheother1srtkn Oct 01 '22

Yeah not sure where I'm SA he is but I'd say it's probably a safe bet that an older man with any cash has a reason to look over his shoulder in a lot of areas.

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u/UBinCT Oct 01 '22

This is in South Africa my friend. You don't show money ever, in any parts.

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u/gobigorgohone Oct 01 '22

Can you share how much he received? I believe the first notes were 2 x 10 SA Rand. Then 50’s. And I believe hundreds. But I’d like to know for sure. Here’s what I noticed-he was eternally grateful for 2 x 10. His reaction was the same for the rest. I’m curious if that’s the case.

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u/Minimalcarpenter Oct 01 '22

All together he gave him about 100 us dollars. But initially he gave him about 5, then 20. He was only asking about 75¢ for the bracelet.

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u/GladdestOrange Oct 01 '22

Enough to eat well for a week. Or get him beaten to death on the way home.

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u/denever23 Oct 01 '22

This is in South Africa and I can garuntee you every inch of this country is a hotspot for robbery

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u/waffleslaw Oct 01 '22

The only time I was ever mugged was in Cape Town. Guy pulled a damn steak knife on me. I used my own knife to talk myself out of that situation. Evidently crisis me will threaten to cut your throat.

Don't walk alone at night in Cape Town I guess. Learned that lesson.

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u/ThatWasCool Oct 01 '22

“That’s not a knoife!”

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u/khristmas_karl Oct 01 '22

Were you actually prepared to get into a knife fight in South Africa?

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u/waffleslaw Oct 01 '22

Prepared? Hell no!! In the habit of carrying a knife, yes. I spent the week prior in the bush of Namibia and got used to always having it in my pocket.

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u/Diasmo Oct 01 '22

Honestly, you should be.

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u/Strike_Thanatos Oct 01 '22

I wouldn't say it like, be trained and ready to be stabbed, but the best way to make people back off is for them to know you can give them more trouble than you're worth.

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u/waffleslaw Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Thankfully the guy didn't call my bluff. I honestly do not know what would have happened if he had.

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u/Diasmo Oct 01 '22

Yeah I’m not advocating starting knife fights, but expect the very real possibility of someone pulling a knife on you and then plan your actions accordingly. Give up all your stuff and possibly still get stabbed, or pull a knife yourself

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u/denever23 Oct 01 '22

I got mugged in the same street that I live in in Joburg. I just went for a walk at 6:30 pm and before I was even out of my own street a guy had a gun pulled and demanding my phone. I managed to wiggle my way out without any loss or injury somehow but the fact remains that we live in a very shitty country

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u/isee33 Oct 01 '22

I started keeping everything in my bra when I was there for three months after getting my phone stolen by a pickpocket.

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u/DankHill- Oct 01 '22

Yeah I was gonna say. This guy is being nice but if he isn’t careful he could get this guy killer handing him money like that.

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u/Zer0Cool89 Oct 01 '22

This is also one thing that bugs me about these videos. That dudes out their walking around selling things now has a viral video of him getting handed a bunch of money. All it takes is one shitty person to recognize that location and this dudes getting robbed especially if he frequents that area.

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u/Ace-a-Nova1 Oct 01 '22

That, and when he continued handing him money it was very open. The first amount was quickly hidden and couldn’t been seen really. He certainly gained attention with his reaction and then was handed more money in front of people. All it takes is one shitty person.

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u/Zer0Cool89 Oct 01 '22

There was a video a while back I think in South America maybe Mexico. An influencer basically bought a guy a house did it up all nice and painted this huge mural on the outside then proceeded to give the guy tens of thousands of dollars and all I could think was " awesome make dudes house super identifiable and show video of you giving him a shit ton of money. What could go wrong?" Like give the dude the house then give the money in private it doesn't ALL have to be shown on video.

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u/Ns53 Oct 01 '22

My mother got whacked in the head by a 2x4 and robbed when she tried to use her check to take her "friends" out for drinks. She was basically homeless.

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u/DangerousDiscoTits Oct 01 '22

That actually breaks my heart.
I hate the kind of people who have no problems taking advantage of people who are trying to do something good for them, what sort of a serpent do you have to be to be OK doing that to someone?

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u/NarcolepticNarwhall Oct 01 '22

Yeah if you’ve ever been to South Africa you would know how people will rob you because they want your fucking socks

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u/Ferropater Oct 01 '22

This is in SA, look up any single thing about crime in SA!!! He’s probably had those bracelets stolen after a beating, so no shit he’s worried about a stack of cash !!

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u/thelastcanadiangoose Oct 01 '22

You can't even stop at traffic lights there without potential for car jacking. I'm legit nervous for this man.

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u/Funky_monkey2026 Oct 01 '22 Silver

Half the stuff on here makes me cry instead of smile.

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u/triteorganizer75 Oct 01 '22

This is so heartwarming though. He had the most priceless reaction.

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u/strawberrymoonbird Oct 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

I can't help but feel seriously sad watching this. That guys is so poor he gets overwhelmed by a few bills. It's depressing, really.

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22 Silver Gold Take My Energy

how is “testing” a man in poverty heartwarming

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u/StovetopJewelryBox Oct 01 '22 Take My Energy

Glad I’m not the only one who was bothered by that! This man is tested every day given his circumstances I’m sure. People in these situations don’t need people to bait them to farm a reaction for views. They need genuine kindness and empathy.

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u/you-create-energy Oct 01 '22

Exactly! Why not just be kind? These vulnerable people get messed with every which way, it's not clever. It's exploitive, and they feel it. They have a camera in his face the whole time, he knows the reaction they want, he earned that money.

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u/CrocodileHyena Oct 01 '22

Fucking thank you! And then using it for gddamn clout!

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u/anojarap Oct 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

Sadly I cant find stuff like that heartwarming anymore. Narcissist filming poor guys struggle, doing some kind of shit test on him, making sure to count the bills for the camera...

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u/SushiKittyCat Oct 01 '22

Yes I agree, everytime I see videos like this I think why can't he just give him the money, why film it for likes, he probably wouldn't give him it if social media didn't exist

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u/jgeez Oct 01 '22

Yep. This isn't feel-good video.

It's a way for YouTubers to larp as charitable. the objective is clout, content, or both, the tool used is emotional manipulation. And that's all it is. Disgusting.

Oh, another thing. This prick recording this video had the nerve to tell the guy, "I was testing you" after he dicked him down from 10 to 8. Pure class.

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u/Cool_Economy9275 Oct 01 '22

Exactly. That line about "testing" him is what bothered me. If he was testing him on being honest after he gave him too much or something, fine, but that was BS.

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u/Paddlesons Oct 01 '22

DISGUSTING!

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u/emskie12 Oct 01 '22

I had this exact thought. Narcissistic doing something to make himself look good. TESTING him, WTF

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u/emskie12 Oct 01 '22

The best videos of this sort that I’ve seen are people who actually make a difference. There was one in particular where a man had grown quite familiar with a homeless woman outside his building, developed a sort of friendship over the years. And well he eventually surprised her with her very own APARTMENT. A small place, but something that he could obviously afford to rent for her. The emotional state I was in after watching THAT! Wow.

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u/zamio3434 Oct 01 '22

THANK YOU. so exploitative.

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u/justingolden21 Oct 01 '22

Yeah.

I mean the end result is better

But like I can't really enjoy it knowing he's just doing it for the camera

Sadly we'll have some observation bias and only see people doing it for camera. We'll never see people who don't do it for camera. It could be 1% or 99% and we won't know.

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u/Amity83 Oct 01 '22

It’s poverty porn. Just like a lot of reality shows. Biggest Lose probably the worst offender. Why does it have to be on camera? Did he consent to you posting him in the internet? Why not just give the money and not have to tell everyone about it?

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u/Neph_The_Deaf Oct 01 '22 Wholesome

The “was testing you” being repeated made me feel uneasy.

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u/superpotato20 Oct 01 '22

Always irks me when I see a video of someone giving ‘tests’ by asking for some kind of help financially. Because if they only reward the people who pass, you only ever end up helping people who can help you, and thus you ignore those most in need. I don’t like chastising people for doing this because sincerely I’d rather them be doing this than not helping at all, but it’s very clear that their first priority is the content.

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u/hateborne Oct 01 '22

Seriously, get fucked with that "testing" for worth.

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u/Neph_The_Deaf Oct 01 '22

Aye, since when did charity need to be earned?

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u/AangAndTheFireLord Oct 01 '22

He’s not even testing if the man has a good heart or anything. He is just testing if the man is willing to reduce his price by 20%, which is really only a question of how much margin he has built into his prices.

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u/cryingspongebob Oct 01 '22 Take My Energy

Or how desperate and empoverished he is

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u/sirdismemberment Oct 01 '22

Right? And why do people film this stuff? It seems like it’s more about looking charitable than actually being charitable

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u/TwizzledAndSizzled Oct 01 '22

Yep, bingo! There’s zero selflessness here.

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u/Pretend_Low_8491 Oct 01 '22

"I was testing you" feels so gross.

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u/raptor-chan Oct 01 '22

That immediately makes this not wholesome.

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u/DiscountCondom Oct 01 '22

"You have passed! You have been found worthy, peasant. Rejoice that I, scumbag content creator, have taken pity on you."

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u/bad_nugget20 Oct 01 '22

Especially when you consider you can’t even buy a loaf of bread in most stores for R10. So what exactly is he testing? How much he can rip a poor man off?

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u/Famous_Bit_5119 Oct 01 '22

I am of two thoughts about these videos. 1: yes, theycare manipulative and does for internet exposure. 2: they are acts of kindness that show people aren't always bad and hopefully encourage others to be kind.

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

Yeah, I don't like it when they have to pass some weird "test" in order for them to be nice to them. If the guy held firm on his price (which he has every right to do) would this guy just not help him because he didn't let him undercut his business??

What the fuck kind of "kindness" is that?

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u/999croissant Oct 01 '22

Yeah, that threw me off. He accepted 8 rand because its better than no sale, but he didnt have to and that doesnt mean hes undeserving. Hate these typa vids unless they are truly random acts of kindness without a test

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u/kat_a_klysm Oct 01 '22

A lot of these folks use the videos as a way to raise money, so they can help more people. Even if they’re doing this for clout, I’d say that good definitely outweighs the bad/questionable.

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u/jgeez Oct 01 '22

Do you have any examples of this being the case? I'm interested.

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u/zootsuited Oct 01 '22

i know i’ve seen videos of a guy who works at a convenience store and his fans send him money and items on amazon wishlist that he then gives to the local homeless population who visit his store. i don’t remember who or where this was tho

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u/Blindemboss Oct 01 '22

Helping the needy is a good thing. But the way it's done is questionable.

Does it speak to how genuine these people are? That they would only donate other people's money?

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u/midtrailertrash Oct 01 '22

Like Joey from friends says. “There is no such thing as a selfless good deed”

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u/jbrassow Oct 01 '22

Something about the “it was a test” is unsettling…

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u/GodTheFatherHimself Oct 01 '22

I'm indifferent on content creators doing these stunt. As long as they're not degrading the people, it's all fine (there's this video of a guy who asked a fast food worker if he would allow him to tattoo him for $1000. Guy agreed and it was like a fucking stupid shakey smiley face).

Without this guy making the content, this guy who needs help would probably not get some help. If what it takes is some content creator to help 10 out of 1 million needy person, then I'm all for it.

For us who grew up in poverty, sometimes a $50 or a $100 leeway is all we need to get out of the situation.

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u/notthatbubbly Oct 01 '22

'i was testing you' feels degrading to me.

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u/skyeblue10 Oct 01 '22

"You only deserve to be "blessed" on camera if you're nice to me."

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u/GodTheFatherHimself Oct 01 '22

I certainly wouldn't help an asshole. But yeah that reeks too much self-importance. I like that youtuber who goes around on third-world countries and gives a huge tip if the seller doesn't charge him "foreign rate". I remember this guy he helped in Sri Lanka if I'm not mistaken, he's struggling to keep his dream coffee shop afloat, and even at that state he charged the white guy (vlogger) with the same rate as he would to locals.

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u/zacksje Oct 01 '22

Yeah I hate these videos. It’s a neat metaphor for how a lot of people approach charity though. Only “deserving” people be helped, and part of being “deserving” is knowing your place and being willing to debase yourself. We can’t just have a decent social safety net because then the “undeserving poor” would benefit.

People mostly expect the homeless to be gracious, thankful, polite, kind, and otherwise virtuous, when honestly if I woke up every morning on the cold concrete not knowing where my food was gonna come from, being ignored by everyone, I’d be bitter as hell.

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u/Gozie5 Oct 01 '22

Same. Why would a homeless person at rock bottom need their morals tested? Surely there are more important things to do

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u/thismissinglink Oct 01 '22

This is my biggest issue with the whole video. It's such a shitty way to put it. Of course this guy is going to take less than what the object is worth typically because he's just trying to make a buck period. He's not gonna lose a sale just to make the "right amount" you shouldn't be "testing poor people"

Go test the morality of the rich.

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u/RefrigeratedTP Oct 01 '22

The part where he starts handing the money over one bill at a time is the real degrading part to me. If you’re going to give him the money, stop pandering for the camera and just give him the fucking money. It’s so annoying because I want to be happy when I see videos like this, but the “entertainment” factor ALWAYS shows up.

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u/popcorn5555 Oct 01 '22

Agreed, testing to see if he’d sell his labor for less? The ones where they ask middle class or rich people to see if they’ll be generous is one thing. ‘Testing’ to see if people will take less for their labor is kind of sick. There are no morals here. It is encouraging people with nothing to take less in the hopes of a reward that will ever come.

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u/imregrettingthis Oct 01 '22

if you film someone you are giving money to it's already degrading.

You can give charity without filming it. For most of us this is the standard.

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u/sumddyman Oct 01 '22 Silver Heartwarming

To all the people commenting about the camera being shoved into the old man’s face, this guy runs a foundation and all he does is give away money, food, clothing, shoes to people across his country.

I’m sure the videos help bring in viewers but they also serve the purpose of showing how donated money is being spent.

He never really shows his face and actually makes the videos all about the people, he will stand around for a long time and listen to what they have to say, say a prayer with them sometimes and he often checks back on people he has helped.

It’s easy for us to sit at home and wonder about the camera but I can bet that 90% of us haven’t done anything close to what this guy does regularly.

It is what it is. I enjoy the videos and the happiness it can bring to people.

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u/DontBeMeanToRobots Oct 01 '22

What's the name of the foundation??

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u/sumddyman Oct 01 '22

BiPhakathiFoundation

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u/p3g_l3g_gr3g Oct 01 '22

Hard to imagine that a handful of people hoard the wealth of the world and a drop of it would change this man's life forever. I wish humans were less competitive and more compassionate.

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u/tommangan7 Oct 01 '22

What's his foundation? I find it hard to believe someone in charge of a charitable organisation would do the demeaning 'test' as part of it.

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u/sumddyman Oct 01 '22

Bi Phakathi Foundation. This is the only video I’ve seen where he uses the word “test”, a poor choice but in most of his videos he’ll just go up to people, talk to them and give them money / pay for their groceries, help them if they need money to set up a business etc

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u/tommangan7 Oct 01 '22

Cheers, good to know this isn't a common technique.

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u/Equoniz Oct 01 '22

Does he always “test” their character first?

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u/snowboardingmonkey Oct 01 '22

“Testing you”

What has this world come to

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u/hoxg3n3 Oct 01 '22

“I was just testing you”

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u/Hungry_Dependent9479 Oct 01 '22

Hate it. If he had said “no, this costs 10 rand so that’s all I can accept” would he not be worthy of receiving this money?

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u/gibson6594 Oct 01 '22

I agree. Plus, I would guess that nearly everyone who attempts to buy one tries to negotiate and offer less than he's asking, so it's probably common for him to accept a little less. Basing his moral worth on that is kinda foolish. Filmer probably knows that and knew how this would turn out and look good for him.

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u/tamjas Oct 01 '22

Exactly. He is selling those things for a living and he wasn't gonna pass the test if he refused to sell for less than the asking price? F*** off!!!

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u/EmotionalMycologist9 Oct 01 '22

I get the point of these videos and they're very nice and remind people that there's good in the world. But...there's just something wrong to me about testing strangers to see if they'll show you kindness before you do anything nice for them.

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u/Positive-Low-7447 Oct 01 '22

Of course hese videos are feel good, but they seem more for likes and views than it is about being a good person. Giving him one at a time, dragging it on.

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u/RowdoRadge Oct 01 '22

Na he's trying to give him a heart attack, then he gets to keep the money AND all the beads.

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u/Patient-Bar-9129 Oct 01 '22

Good people do good things even if no one sees them.

Sometimes bad people do good things, too.

Mostly, we just need more good things being done, always.

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u/KaboomTheMaker Oct 01 '22

i used to think that too, but what the hell now i dont care if he has other motives as long as someone gets help.

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u/Positive-Low-7447 Oct 01 '22

It's a double edged sword. While guy who says he's likely making money from this content is probably correct, somebody seeing this video could be motivated to go help someone. I do believe helping people doesn't for a second require you to put things on the internet, it could motivate others.

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u/Christoffer_Lund Oct 01 '22

And people make money doing worse things than giving people in need money don't they? I only think there is an issue if the proportions are way off. Say you're making millions giving hundreds away, then I think you can do better.

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u/Afraid-Peach-9212 Oct 01 '22

Well.. This is probably posted on some platform where the guy filming makes some money. Which in turn he can give away, and make more content.

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u/internetcamp Oct 01 '22

And saying “I was testing you”. Fucked up.

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u/KneeGearlol Oct 01 '22

Idc if the guy is doing it for clout or whatever, as long as the receiving end is happy, its all good to me

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u/ReasonableAndSane Oct 01 '22

Yeah it's like.,.. he already said thanks and all, what else do you want him to do? Dance like a monkey? "Here's some more!"

Just hand it over and say bye and leave. Don't make him grovel at your feet for the fun of it.

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u/NerevarWunderbar Oct 01 '22

Does anybody by chance have an idea how much money he gave there? Im not familiar with these currencies

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u/wineandhugs Oct 01 '22

Excluding the R8 in coins, he gave him R750. Minimum wage here is R20/hr, if that helps. It's useless to convert to dollars, as USD is so much stronger than ZAR.

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u/benndur Oct 01 '22

He gave him R950. 6 bills, 100+200+50+200+200+200.

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u/NerevarWunderbar Oct 01 '22

so he gave him the money for roughly a whole week.

Thanks for the info, kind stranger!

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u/Boggie135 Oct 01 '22

Total it’s just under $53

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u/muuhx Oct 01 '22

I TESTED YOU AND FILMED YOU, FOR I AM A SELFLESS MAN

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u/TheDudeSr Oct 01 '22

For those of you who say, "I don't give homeless or people like that money, they use it for drugs and alcohol.", I'd like to invite you to TALK to these people.

Some definitely have drug and alcohol addictions but most are fighting something much more darker inside. You would be surprised at their stories and realize most are trying to find shelter or their next meal.

I'll never forget finding a homeless man sleeping behind my building when I worked for a pet store. Like most I shooed him away with the threat of the police.

I started seeing him begging with a sign on the entrance way into our plaza. I never even gave him one look and pretended he was invisible.

Then I caught him on the side of my building one day. Sharing a can of dog food with a stray he had taken in. Everything changed in me after that day. I found him help and it didn't cost me anything.

Instead of ignoring those in need, acknowledge those in need.

Everyone is fighting something. Be kind.

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u/QualityQW2 Oct 01 '22

100%. I cant tell you how many people have said the equivalent of “give someone a fish and feed them for a day, teach someone to fish and feed them for a lifetime” as an excuse to do Nothing!! Are you giving the time, resources and energy to really change someones life long term??? No you aint- so give the damn fish at the very least!

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u/AsYooouWish Oct 01 '22

Quick story time-

One night my son and his friend were hanging out so I decided to do something fun and take them to our favorite diner to get just dessert. I didn’t want any so I just sat and had some coffee while they enjoyed their chocolate cake.

Well, a kind elderly man saw us sitting there, came over and said hello to the kids, then went back to his seat. When he left the waitress came over and said he paid our bill completely! I was taken aback at first, but I realized he probably assumed I was a single mom trying to bring joy to my kids.

I talked to the hostess (we’re regulars at the diner) and she told me the man and his wife are regulars, too, and that he does this on occasion. I decided to take the money I would have spent on our bill and to leave it for someone who might come in and need some help. The hostess told me she would pay that person’s bill and give them an extra meal to take home ( someone ordered this but canceled, do you want to take it? ). I also left the waitress a generous tip because now I was in a great mood.

TLDR: Man paid for my meal unexpectedly, I paid it forward and the restaurant contributed, too

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u/CosyInTheCloset Oct 01 '22

I used to think that, too. Then I realized I don't care, if they get a little bit of happiness from the couple of cents I can miss, I'd be more than happy to help.

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u/TheWriteOwl Oct 01 '22

Same here. I used to be super judgy about it, but I regret that now. I realized: a) life is incredibly hard on the streets, if they need to escape it for a while, so be it; and b) it’s not for me to gatekeep how someone uses the money I gave them. Once I give it to them, it’s theirs.

So now I do both: I donate and volunteer at my local shelter so that I can feel like I’m helping to address the bigger problem at hand. And I also offer a little cash every once in a while to the folks on the corners in my neighborhood. What they do with it from there is their business.

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u/Buckeye9923 Oct 01 '22

Thank you for sharing that

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u/BitNo1814 Oct 01 '22

"Testing" him. Dick

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u/ballistic-dumbass Oct 01 '22

"You gave me a heart attack"

"No that's yours"

Un-attacks the heart

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u/Kabukimansanjoe Oct 01 '22

I hate this. “I was just testing you”. Fuck off with that. If he wouldn’t have given him a deal would he have not given him the money? Dudes out there trying to make a living and this turds putting parameters around his charity. If that’s not privilege then I don’t know what is.

Turn the camera off and give that guy some money if that what you wanna do. So tired of all of this feigned generosity when it is clearly done for selfish reasons.

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u/massie_le Oct 01 '22

Ugh poverty porn

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u/Dr_Does_Enough Oct 01 '22

"I was testing you" For what? Testing that he would settle for your BS lowball 8rand offer even though these look handmade and may be his only source of income to provide for his family?

God forbid he doesn't accept your haggle offer even though the price point as a street vendor is probably already extremely affordable.

I hate videos like these, "I was testing you".

Also, the vendor probably doesn't even know he's being recorded because the camera looks to be waist high and the vendor doesn't make eye contact with it once.

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u/Hungry_Dependent9479 Oct 01 '22

Yeah, 10 rand is literally 50p (in £). Already barely raking anything in.

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u/keirawynn Oct 01 '22

It probably barely covers the material cost. These guys don't have enough money to buy in bulk, so they buy the "hobby packets".

I've seen a guy local to me buy a bunch of packets, and then the next day he was trying to sell the necklaces he made from them at the intersection nearby. Each packet cost about R8, in that case.

It's heartbreaking. The unemployment in South Africa is staggering.

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u/spizzywinktom Oct 01 '22

"I was testing you" for what? His willingness to negotiate?

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u/AlphaLlenn Oct 01 '22

Oh sorry? I was testing you, (gives money), i was testing you, (gives money).

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u/forgot_oldusername Oct 01 '22

this conditional charity trend is obnoxious. so transparent.

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u/Picnut Oct 01 '22

"I was testing you." Does not make you a good person because you gave him free money. Makes you an ass.

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u/Damionstjames Oct 01 '22

I have a couple comments on this post.

Firstly, weather or not this is a stunt, or something to generate followers/interest of the person filming doesn't truly concern me. It doesn't bother me, I just find it wholesome.

Second, I had to contact several of my friends from South Africa to provide context as to what's going on. The common consensus among them was that Mr. Beads was given between R500-R750. When converted to the US Dollar (where I currently reside), that amounts about $27.64-$41.46. I'm not an economist, but if someone in the US randomly handed you (rounding up) between $30.00-$50.00 I don't think you'd get the same reaction as Mr. Beads is demonstrating. Either South Africa has the bad economy or the US does. If I'm just sitting in public and a stranger handed me $1,000 my reaction would be about the same as Mr. Beads.

Third, I dig the beads. I'd buy one! Clearly Mr. Beads loves his craft, and it shows.

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u/Formal-Cow-9996 Oct 01 '22

South Africans get a median wage around 20 times lower than the US's. So a good way to compare would be to think about how you would react if someone gave you from 600 to 800 dollars randomly on the streets. It's not about bad or good economy, it's just about weak or strong currencies. I'd say the guy is also quite poor, so it was probably enough for food for a while

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u/Silveryginger Oct 01 '22

I’ve given away $5 usd to a homeless person and they started crying. We can’t assume what will go a little or long way with people who aren’t as fortunate….

I’ve also tried to give a different person cash and they said they don’t take cash 🤷🏼‍♀️.

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u/SonOfObed89 Oct 01 '22

As an American, I lived in the Western Cape of South Africa for a while and it’s been over 15 years since I was there. I am still shocked at the reality that stuff wasn’t any cheaper there than it is in the USA. Nearly everything costs the same amount or even more, in some cases. It’s brutal to be THIS poor (Mr. Beads in this case) in RSA. The $40 you’re talking about is certainly life or death for this man 😢

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u/BidPale3239 Oct 01 '22

What can R500-750 get you in SA?

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u/Faerie42 Oct 01 '22

A months groceries if you’re used to being frugal. A daily unskilled wage is in the region of R200.

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u/Da-Bmash Oct 01 '22

He can get a 10 kg bag of rice for around R120 and if he has a fridge assorted meats that could feed him for around a month. A loaf of bread is R8 min to around a maximum of R16 depending on the store.

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u/ThenIndependence4502 Oct 01 '22

Stop giving shit like this airtime. Fuck people who film themselves being ‘good people’ for internet likes.

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u/CaseyAnthonysMouth Oct 01 '22

I don’t understand why people need to record personal acts of kindness… makes it feel disingenuous.

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u/nightbringer77 Oct 01 '22

“I was just testing you” As if life isn’t testing him enough already

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u/meknoid333 Oct 01 '22

This feels disgusting.

Staged trauma for clout; saying he’s ‘testing him’ - feels gross and extremely manipulative for personal satisfaction and gain.

But hey let’s just assume this is an amazing form of altruism.

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u/catorchid Oct 01 '22

Am I the only one thinking this is disgusting?

The whole stunt was pulled to make the video. The way he gives the money to that poor man in batches so he can record his reaction is calculated and exploited for the reaction of the viewer. Poverty porn of the worst kind.

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u/phillhb Oct 01 '22

Urgh social giving for social likes makes me sad not smile....

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u/biscuity87 Oct 01 '22

Most people selling stuff like that will haggle… it’s not a test of kindness.

On a vacation to Jamaica people would try to sell us stuff for 30 bucks at the market… they would take one or two dollars

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u/Elman103 Oct 01 '22

The instinct to hide the money and feeling like you shouldn’t have money this man displayed really resonated with me. I remember that as child being poor. Having more money than you should is suspect.

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u/DrummerSteve Oct 01 '22

“Here… take this so I can capitalize on your poverty for clicks.”

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u/ManaGauge Oct 01 '22

People. In. Need. Don’t. Want. To. Be. Recorded.

Yeah, yeah it’s a good deed but FUCK this guy.

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u/SkylarP2000 Oct 01 '22

Nice. But very contrived. Yet another youtuber / social media person giving away money to get themselves attention on their socials.

Just give the guy money. Why film him like he’s some sort of lab rat.

Yer great for the guy and everything though

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

I hate the internet

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u/Revolutionary-Boss77 Oct 01 '22

I hate when people record this shit . If you wanna be nice just be nice not for the likes

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u/Key-Tutor-544 Oct 01 '22

Poor guy. It’s sad he tried to hide it. Makes me sad there’s so many bad people in the world that would steal from someone who needs it or anyone really regardless. How nice of this man to make this gentleman’s day. You can see how thankful he is. God bless these two men!

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u/humanman42 Oct 01 '22

Can't just give him all the money at once, have to do it slowly....you know....to make the video longer.

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u/Tustin88 Oct 01 '22

I hate this so much. It's not the goodwill and generosity, it's the desperation and deprivation that could induce a man to react like that. He should not have been in such poverty to begin with. Nobody should.

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u/Duubzz Oct 01 '22

I fucking hate these videos where people randomly give large sums of money to individuals on the street. It’s all for clicks and likes and whatever, there are loads of people who give the same or more to charities that actually help disadvantaged people rather than giving one person a bunch of cash.

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u/Glum-Background-7251 Oct 01 '22

First I’m going to test you. If I get the right response, then I will give you money. MONEY! You’re poor. You like money.

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u/Jamie7860 Oct 01 '22

These are cool and nice and all. But is it really a charitable act if it’s recorded and posted everywhere?

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u/calmingcroco Oct 01 '22

I always have a problem with this type of videos: it's wholesome yes, but what if he wanted 10 and didn't accept 8 ? would that make him a bad person so he doesn't deserve it ?

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u/Puzzleheaded-Bass-11 Oct 01 '22

Ahhh us south africans can be so kind we are an amazing country filled with amazingly kind people

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u/Arkorff Oct 01 '22

And then there is escom

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

the best help is that no one knows.

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u/badbwithgoodh Oct 01 '22

never understood the reasoning behind filming it

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u/Misty_Veil Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

For non South afrcans:

R10 (10 Rand) is less than $1

The guy then gives him R100(blue note) (about $5.50) then an additional R200 (orange note) then what looks like an additional R650 ( pink and three orange)

In SA this is a fairly large amount of money to just hand out to someone.

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u/TraditionPerfect3442 Oct 01 '22

virtue signaling

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u/Floooophy Oct 01 '22

I despise people like this. They’re not doing this to be helpful or nice. They’re doing this for internet clout. If he truly meant well he wouldn’t fuckin record it

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u/DedHorsSaloon Oct 01 '22

“I was testing you”

So if this possibly destitute man made you pay full price you wouldn’t have gifted him the money? That’s…a choice

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u/nicolaszein Oct 01 '22

People testing others like this makes me uncomfortable.

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u/a_friendly_tomato Oct 01 '22

This doesn't hit the wholesome button for me at all. Why does the guy filming this think that he has the right to "test" desperate people? If the bead seller didn't take the lower price, would the guy filming still give him the extra money. My gut says no. What's the lesson here? If a guy offers you less than what you ask, you should take it on the off chance you're being "tested" on your virtue? Are people in the same situation as the bead guy less deserving of money if they don't accept the lower offer? Stunts like this to generate likes under the facade of being wholesome are wrong.

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u/rocketdog67 Oct 01 '22

There’s no point at all in doing anything charitable without a video of the act and with a soft music background.

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u/runhomejack1399 Oct 01 '22

“I was testing you”

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u/3xoticP3nguin Oct 01 '22

Did this guy just do this all for content couldn't if he just given the guy the money in a nice way

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u/throwawaybecos Oct 01 '22

Just testing if you have a socially acceptable trauma response before I help you.

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u/rakawido Oct 01 '22

"I was testing you." Oh fuck off man. The poor don't owe you a morality audition so stop acting as if they do and calling it charity.

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u/Standard-Area-1127 Oct 01 '22

"I was testing you" That guy was not looking to help a person, only did it for clicks. Social media is fucking cancer.

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u/Coral_ Oct 01 '22

i was testing you

man if you were a decent person you wouldn’t test him. i think content like this is so exploitative of people less fortunate and self masturbatory to the content creator.

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u/freelance-t Oct 01 '22

So how much actual money did he give the guy? And how much is that in USD?

Asking because I like to reverse haggle on stuff like this when I travel sometimes. It’s amazing how in some places 5 dollars can absolutely make someone’s day, in other places if you tip a guy 10 bucks for carrying a bag they act like you farted on them…

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u/haywardpre Oct 01 '22

“I was testing you” this self-promotional stuff is vile.

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u/Flemball47 Oct 01 '22

Fuck me I hate these videos, nothing says generosity like "Hey internet look at me and how generous I am! I tested an impoverished person to see if they are worthy of my generosity and then posted it online for clout".

Just give the guy the fucking money and don't film it you morally bankrupt piece of shit.

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u/Dahwool Oct 01 '22

This is in South Africa. Dude sold that bracelet for .50 cent US.

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u/SameDifferenceYo Oct 01 '22

Exploit the destitute for likes 👏🏻

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

god i fucking hate this shit so much bro

like yes you did a good thing

but why did you need to record and post it in order to do said good thing?

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u/AppUnwrapper1 Oct 01 '22

Why is the worst dystopian shit always on this sub?

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u/Iamthatpma Oct 01 '22

Imagine doing good and not filming it for like.