Fritza Lemitelamy, a student in the Culinary Job Training Program at the New Hampshire Food Bank, and her daughter Abigail (L) shop for dinner at a grocery store in Manchester, New Hampshire November 6, 2013. Fritza Lemitelamy, a single mother of six, and two of her children are taking the eight week course for the unemployed and the underemployed with the ultimate goal of opening their own Haitian restaurant. The class, which in addition to teaching kitchen and life skills produces meals for three agencies of the New Hampshire Food Bank. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Andrew Hales of the Web site Losing All Hope Was Freedom or LAHWF released a video titled "Paying for People's Groceries," and it has gone viral with 2,435,775 views and 49,363 likes as of this writing. Hales collaborated with GungHo, a company that makes natural focus supplements with ingredients like Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera), Caffeine, Eleuthero, Niacin - Vitamin B3 and Cognizin® Citicoline. According to GungHo, these ingredients are proven to increase focus, memory recall and brain energy to give people "ninja-like" focus. The "Paying for People's Groceries" viral video was done in honor of Thanksgiving.
LAHWF's Hales is known for his random pranks and social experiments done and filmed in public. He uploads these videos on the popular video sharing site, YouTube. Some of these pranks and social experiments include the "Littering In Front of People Social Experiment," "Pretending To Be Macklemore Prank," "Powerful Interviews With Homeless People In Atlanta End With $200 Giveaway" and "Tipping Servers $200."
He usually teams up with various people to execute his pranks and social experiments and most of these have become viral sensations on the Internet. Some of the people Hales has collaborated with in the past are Kyle and Josh of Give Back Films and Stuart Edge. Hales' LAHWF tagline is "I found freedom. Losing All Hope Was Freedom."
For Thanksgiving 2013, he sought the help of GungHo to surprise customers and pay for people's groceries. GungHo gladly sponsored Hales' video. Check out the video above. Hales also tweeted a link of it on his official Twitter account.
This one's cute folks! Happy Thanksgiving! https://t.co/M98dhHIIqp
— Andrew Hales (@LAHWF) November 21, 2013
The "Paying for People's Groceries" video features customers lining up to pay for their groceries and then getting surprised by the cashier who tells them that they are the winners of free groceries for that day. At first, the customers don't believe it and most of them think it's a joke, until they are reassured that it is indeed real and that they won't have to pay a dime for their groceries.
The lucky customers were very thankful, which is in line with Hales and Gungho's goal of honoring Thanksgiving.
The "Paying for People's Groceries" video is touching and has struck a chord with its numerous viewers who shared the customers' happiness. Some of them wished that they were the ones who won instead. And, some just wanted to share it with their friends, colleagues and loved ones to spread the Thanksgiving cheer, hoping that it will infect other people as well as inspire them to do a selfless act such as giving without expecting anything in return.