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Vancouver homeless man pressured to light hair on fire for cigarette (VIDEO)

DH Vancouver Staff Nov 11, 2014 1:24 pm

A disturbing video of a Vancouver homeless man being encouraged by young men to light his hair on fire has surfaced on video sharing website Live Leak.

The video, titled “Crackhead lights hair on fire,” is 30 seconds long and has already received more than 30,000 views since it was published on Monday. The description of the video alleges the incident occurred on Sunday and that the man is a drug addict who was given a lighter “to trim his sideburns.”

Off-camera voices can be heard in the video pressuring the man to light his hair on fire. “Yeah, yeah, burn it,” said one man.

However, when the entire backside of his head catches on fire, they cease encouraging the homeless man and plead for him to stop burning his hair. “Wait, wait. Dude, don’t burn your hair! I will give this to you for free if you stop burning your hair,” said another man.

Near the end of the video, the homeless man appears to be unfazed from the ordeal and a young man is seen handing him a cigarette while the group laughs.

The incident took place at the intersection of Water and Carrall streets in Gastown.

In February 2014 after the Supber Bowl, a man on Granville Street was caught on video paying men to have their groin kicked. After each incident, he chased down the victims to get his money back.

Warning: this video contains disturbing content


Feature Image: Live Leak screencap

DH Vancouver Staff
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