A man captured on video shaving on a New Jersey train and flicking the shaving cream and hair onto the floor has been identified as Anthony Torres.
He says he was on his way to see his brother after staying in a homeless shelter and sleeping under a bridge. It's not clear why he wasn't able to shave at the shelter, but Torres says it wasn't possible.
People on Twitter had lots of feelings about this and went in for the attack saying how "gross" and "disgusting" it is to flick shaving cream on the train, but now that he revealed his situation, it seems folks have had a change of heart and instead of attacking Torres for shaving on the train, they have turned their attention to attacking Pete Bentivegna, the man who took the video. His account is now shut down.
In another turn of events, people have gone from being disgusted by Torres' behavior to calling him brave and starting a GoFundMe to give him money.
(Let's hope it doesn't turn out like the Johnny Bobbitt case.
Regret over shaming homeless man filmed shaving on train https://t.co/kd0NL1m8Sa— BBC News (UK) (@BBC News (UK)) 1537275868.0
We've raised $5,605 for Anthony in just *10 hours!* I just spoke at length with his brother, they are deeply appr… https://t.co/KaWuqVgUW2— jordan (@jordan) 1537278289.0
Anthony Torres said he’d spent a few days in a homeless shelter, and was on a New York train heading into New Jerse… https://t.co/BFoTb1rXoV— VICE News (@VICE News) 1537286931.0
“Anthony Torres said he didn't realize he was being filmed on the train. When he found out the video was circulatin… https://t.co/k6LnnNJ0tE— Amarnath Amarasingam (@Amarnath Amarasingam) 1537241286.0
Some folks took it to the extreme...
Others weren't feeling the warm fuzzies around this story.
@TwitterMoments @AP Well not for nothing but couldn’t he have shaved in a restroom sink and not thrown the shaving cream on the ground?— Cari (@Cari) 1537310976.0
@TwitterMoments @AP He can try to pose with that pitty face all day. His nasty grown man ass knows that shaving and… https://t.co/E86O9aZYVX— 🦋 (@🦋) 1537278174.0
@MsChopsy @JordanUhl There is NEVER a reason to flip ones spent hairs and shaving cream into the floor of a train.— Not Dexter (@Not Dexter) 1537265286.0
@boxdog1031 @MsChopsy @JordanUhl This. While I empathize with his story. Homeless shelters and trains alike have ba… https://t.co/tVSvIlDw40— sidney (@sidney) 1537324054.0
@JordanUhl @oufenix Can we be factual. MUCH of the mockery was NOT about the shaving (in fact he got some complimen… https://t.co/gp4CF6CYMp— Adreana Langston (@Adreana Langston) 1537277412.0
@AdreanaInLB @JordanUhl @oufenix "But Thomas Torres said that, even growing up, his brother would make short-sighte… https://t.co/RTpGZPO9Hf— Francis B. (@Francis B.) 1537284482.0
And then there was this sound advice.
@JordanUhl Enough with the internet shaming. How about we all agree to stop recording and posting videos of complet… https://t.co/hqWX533LTm— Allison #PleaseGetVaccinated (@Allison #PleaseGetVaccinated) 1537315038.0
No word if a GoFundMe Campaign has been started for the man now being shamed for taking the video shaming Torres, but we'll keep you posted.