Rustam Raziev: TikToker begs shopper for food and surprises him by paying for his groceries in viral video
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Rustom Raziev, an Australian TikToker and social media personality known for recording candid interviews with strangers, recently posted a video asking a Coles Supermarket shopper for food. In the video posted on his rus.alien account which has over 6 million followers, the Aussie influencer is then seen paying for the man's groceries. The wholesome video has blown up on Tiktok.
Raziev's act of kindness has stunned many viewers around the world. The star had left more than 15 supermarket customers in shock after he offered to pay for their groceries in a Tiktok video earlier. That video had also gone viral, with almost fifty million views.
Raziev had earlier told news.com.au that every day for the month of Ramadan, he will be covering the costs of locals’ food and grocery bills as a way to give back. “I really want to inspire others to do the same thing, to help one another,” he said. “We live only once and I want to bring some impact to the world.”
The 30-year-old, who was born in Kazakhstan and moved to Australia 11 years ago, wants to show people who Muslims really are and believes they are often portrayed in a negative light.
In his latest video, Raziev greets a person coming out of the Coles supermarket with groceries and begs him for food saying, "My name is Rus, I haven't any food for the whole day and drink. I was just wondering if you could spare something at all?"
The shopper generously gives Raziev a box of muesli bars. As the shopper prepares to leave, Raziev asks how much he paid for the groceries. The confused shopper takes out his receipt and says he paid $116.
Raziev then gives the box of muesli bars back and offers him cash equal to the amount he paid for his groceries.
The befuddled buyer initially refuses the money, asking Raziev who he works for. Raziev answers that he works for a charity organization. "We attempt to encourage individuals and we are making an attempt to show individuals the great issues in life," he adds.
Raziev also posted the video on his Instagram with the caption, "54/60 #melbourne When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go. - Carol Burnett."
The video has garnered over 950,000 views and 11,000 likes. While many customers praised Raziev for his generosity and kindness, others felt his act of giving customers cash for groceries was overdone on TikTok.
"Love seeing this, there’s so much kindness in this world I love it," someone commented under the video. "You are gold,' gushed another. One follower wrote, "You're the best, brother," while a less impressed individual commented, "I think you should help the poor people better than normal people."