Is one really doing “good” selflessly if the deed is being taped and broadcast?
The ancient Greek philosophers said “no,” but young Jason, the beneficiary of kindness from famed YouTube star Kyle Hansen thinks the answer is “yes.”
Pasadena-based Hansen surprised a local teenager shopping for a computer graphics card at Best Buy Hastings Village June 24, and paid for a much more powerful card than the teenager’s budget could swing.
Hansen, who produces his videos with his wife Heather, filmed the whole encounter, and the video he posted on his YouTube channel Bitwit has since garnered over 800,000 views and reached the front page on Reddit, the internet-aggregating site.
The story is that Hansen and Heather were checking the prices of different computer components at Best Buy, and comparing them with online suppliers like Amazon and Newegg, as anyone looking to assemble a PC from scratch would.
They chanced upon the teenager, Jason, who was checking out some of the graphics card on display, assisted by a Best Buy staffer.
When they asked Jason what he was looking for, the teenager said he wanted to buy a high-capacity graphics card, but only had $185 with him.
Hansen then asked the boy which of the cards on display he would buy if he had the money, and Jason pointed to a GEFORCE GTX 1660Ti on the shelf, priced at $319.
Right then, Hansen offered to buy the card for Jason.
“If you want, dude, let me tell you what’s going to happen right now. We’re going to buy you the 1660Ti because that’s the card you want,” Hansen said in the video.
Jason could only blurt out “Are you serious?” a few times as Hansen continued filming.
“You were such a cool guy like coming up to us and being an awesome fan, and you seem so passionate about PC building and stuff, so we’re just going to buy that card for you. I know it’s going to be put to good use,” Hansen said.
Jason later gave Hansen a hug when he was sure the popular YouTuber wasn’t joking.
Hansen has earned a lot of fame for his technology gameplays and gaming PC creation, which he uploads on Bitwit. He has more than 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube, and his channel has garnered a total of more than 193 million views.
Other than YouTube, he has lots of fan followings on his various social media platforms. On Instagram alone, Hansen has more than 137,000 followers.
Celebrity website www.celebslifereel.com lists Hansen’s posts have an average engagement rate of 4.61 percent of followers, and he charges between $412.5 and $687.5 for each sponsorship.
Hansen also has an online store, www.bitwit.tech, where he sells merchandise that many of his fans and viewers have asked for.
Apart from YouTube, Hansen has worked as a freelance writer and producer at www.StuffWeLike.com for almost two years, then worked as an associate producer and video specialist and post-production editor at www.Newegg.com for three years.