Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - There is alarming video on YouTube of homeless men, asked to duke it out for money. The video is shot on a cell phone and is titled "Bum Fights Buffalo Style". This is becoming a troubling trend, not just in Buffalo, but also across the country.
Two men, claiming to be homeless, were asked to fight for twenty-five dollars by the man taking the video. The video was uploaded to YouTube more than a year ago and had been seen by nearly 4,000 people. The men do fight and one is left on the ground, covered in blood.
Critics said these videos are a complete exploitation of men desperate for cash. Those homeless advocates call the video despicable.
"Who do we have in this corner," says the person taking the video.
The man responds.
"I'm an old guy. I'm just an old guy," one of the men claiming to be homeless said.
A West Coast production company, which sold videos like these, stopped producing them after they were sued. The companies were forced to pay royalties to the homeless people involved.