A prominent Australian influencer has been called out on social media for an act of kindness to a homeless man – with some of his followers accusing him of having an ulterior motive.
Gold Coast resident Samuel Weidenhofer, 18, who has three million followers on TikTok, recently uploaded a heartwarming clip where he helped out a stranger.
After approaching the man and asking ‘what can I do today to put a smile on your face’, the down on his luck man replied ‘some food and clothing would help me out.’
The clip, which has had almost 600,000 views, continues with Mr Weidenhofer racing off to a nearby Kmart and Coles, before returning a few minutes later.
He is then seen handing over food including chips, biscuits and muesli bars as well as some t-shirts to the grateful man.
Social media sensation Sam Weidenhofer (pictured left) with the man he helped in a recent TikTok video
Mr Weidenhofer, 18, recently moved from Adelaide to the Gold Coast to pursue a fulltime career as an influencer
The video, which was posted on Thursday, ends with the pair hugging.
Despite Mr Weidenhofer’s seemingly good deed, some were left wondering if his generosity was for the right reasons.
One follower slammed the move, saying: ‘(You are) profiting off these videos.’
Another said ‘get the camera out of his face… God sees what you do, no need to film people.’
A third person accused Mr Weidenhofer of ‘chasing social media followers’ rather than helping the homeless man through the goodness of his heart.
Following the TikTok backlash, Mr Weidenhofer said his intentions were pure and that he ‘genuinely wanted to help the guy out’. He called on others to ‘stop hating’.
Mr Weidenhofer – who also confirmed to Daily Mail Australia he earns up to $15,000 a month from online brand deals – finds the negativity aimed towards some of his videos baffling.
‘I want to be different and help people whenever I can,’ he said. ‘I’ve learnt to ignore the haters…just be nice, it is my life motto.
‘Sure I make some money from brand deals, but I really love helping others, I want to inspire people.’
Weidenhofer, who recently moved to the Glitter Strip from Adelaide to work as an influencer fulltime, boasts 148,000 Instagram followers.
They include Australian Olympic diver Sam Fricker and comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz.
His feel-good TikTok clip where he helped out a homeless man with food and clothing has seen Sam Weidenhofer almost 600,000 views
The down on his luck man (pictured) was appreciative for the gesture, hugging TikTok star Samuel Weidenhofer for his generosity