TikTok star Alexander Voloshin gives girl new phone – then picks it up
A Ukrainian social media star has suffered a major backlash after being caught giving a cruel trick to a young fan.
Alexander Voloshin was caught on camera hugging a little girl and giving her a brand new smartphone, before picking it up after the alleged PR stunt was over.
Voloshin posted a video of his “touching” encounter with the little girl on TikTok, but omitted the cruel punchline.
Little did he know his mother had continued to tape their exchange, including its abrupt end.
The original clip, which Voloshin has now reportedly removed from his account, sees him wandering around Kiev with the seemingly expensive phone, still in its packaging, as he walks up to different groups to chat.
He then walks up to the excited daughter and her mother, and hands the device back, allegedly as a gift.
The child seems delighted and, after glancing at his mother in approval, accepts the gift.
She and Voloshin then hug happily, marking the end of the heartwarming display.
Except that wasn’t the end of their interaction, as the furious mother revealed.
Her recording, widely shared on social media, shows Voloshin then asking the girl to return the phone to her – as her beaming face transforms into a look of utter devastation.
Meanwhile, the mother can be heard saying “no” repeatedly, telling the TikToker that he will make his daughter cry if he gets the gift back, according to translations of their conversation.
Voloshin then threatens to call in the police to solve the problem – insisting that the phone was only “an accessory for the video” – as he snatches the phone from the hand of the devastated child.
He then offers the daughter money (2,000 hryvnia – around £ 52) as compensation for his disappointment, but her mother refuses.
Voloshin tried to defend his actions, insisting that it was simply a prank, according to DailyDot.
But viewers found his demeanor far from bursting with laughter, with commentators on Reddit’s r / Iamatotalpieceofshit forum angrily responding to the incident.
Wait for these people to actually exist? I thought it was a joke, ”wrote one of them.
While another said that “the people who pretend to be kind and ask to get the item back after the camera stops rolling are the trashiest people around.”