homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

A homeless teen has become a social media sensation after revealing how he cooks inexpensive yet innovative meals while living in a car with his mom.

One can become homeless for many reasons. But regardless of the cause, the need to survive is real.

This homeless teen decided to show how he survives on the street on as little as under $1.25 a day.

Taking to TikTok, the teen — going by username @randomhomelessguy2 — shared a video showing how he prepares meals and at a very tight budget.

His video has now racked up more than 19.7 million views and 75, 000 comments.

At the start of the video, the teen explains that he cooks his food with a cooker that he bought at Walmart for just $15.

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

He then plugs in the cooker into an open electrical outlet at a park.

The teen then fills a bottle with water from a public fountain and pours it into the pot.

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

While waiting for the water to boil, he dices up a package of hotdogs — with a plastic knife — he also bought at the 99 Cents store.

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

Once the water boils, the teen adds pasta that he had bought at the Dollar Tree and then cooks it to completion.

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

To complete his dish, he adds a can of sauce and the hotdogs, giving the camera thumbs up while the meal simmered.

At the end of the clip, the teen reminds viewers that he gets his clean water from a drinking fountain and his plastic utensils from restaurants.

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

After sharing the clip, the comment section was exploding with concerned viewers suggesting to set up a GoFundMe, CashApp, and Venmo to raise some money for him and his mom.

While some viewers felt quite altruistic, some TikTokers suggested that he sell his cellphone in order to have more money.

Others even questioned whether he was really homeless because he owns a smartphone.

But the teen explained that his mom bought him an iPhone before they were homeless, and she still pays the phone bills. He added that they both sleep in her car at night, and they both have phones.

The teen also explained that their phone contract includes unlimited data, which helps him make his TikToks.

He then thanked his viewers for the concern but declined the financial help.

The Teen Followed Up His Viral Video with Another Clip of Himself Making Another Meal

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

In the second video, he first reveals that his budget that day was $1.25.

He then explains he has some ramen noodles for 50 cents that he kept in his backpack for about a week.

He also bought bread that he shares with his mom.

homeless teen goes viral with 19m views after showing how he cooks his meals

The teenager eats from the same pan he used to make the noodles

And in just 10 hours, his second video garnered more than 1.1 million views.

The Tiktoker Also Shared a Third Video

In his most recent TikTok, the teen expresses his understanding of doubts from the people questioning his situation.

He also acknowledges that some people create videos to chase fame.

@randomhomelessguy2

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According to Homeless Children’s Education Fund, more than 62 percent of youth experiencing homelessness own cellphones.

But some people may be quick to wonder, why would a homeless person prioritize a cell phone? Also, if someone can’t afford stable food and housing, how can they afford a phone?

The answers are eye-opening.

First, owning a cell phone offers a great way to locate resources that can help someone rise out of homelessness.

Secondly, like the housed, the homeless need to keep in contact with doctors’ offices and have a way to call 911 in case of an emergency.

Also, along with being an anchor to physical necessities, cell phones are an anchor to resilience. For instance, in today’s day and age, they are crucial in applying for jobs.

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