Parents want “One Chip Challenge” banned after death of Worcester teen Harris Wolobah

Parents want “One Chip Challenge” banned after death of Worcester teen Harris Wolobah

is a tortilla chip responsible for the death of a teenager.
Welcome to Planet Gen,
unfortunately,
I have a very tragic story to talk about today,
and that is the recent death
of 14-year-old Harris,
well,
low-by,
believe I’m pronouncing that right.
According to his family,
he recently died unexpectedly after they say he did something called the Paki One Chip Challenge.
Now,
this happened in Massachusetts,
and Harris,
I mean,
what a cute kid.
Honestly,
this is
heartbreaking.
He was an athlete,
stand out,
a basketball player,
according to his coach,
and
unfortunately,
his family says that he did something called the Paki One Chip Challenge.
Now,
if you’re not familiar,
it’s this company that sells single tortilla chips with ridiculous,
like we’re talking the hottest peppers in the world,
and every year they release a different one.
Here’s the thing,
the marketing,
we got to talk about that because it’s marketed to be like,
oh,
danger.
Like,
the chip comes in a coffin packaging.
I mean,
if that doesn’t tell you something,
I don’t know what does.
So let’s take a look at the website,
and this is sort of a viral social media trend.
So it’s very popular for people to get the chip,
try it out on video,
doing a live stream,
or doing like a YouTube video,
and then seeing like,
if you can handle it.
And what I saw this product
a while ago,
I was like,
this looks sketchy AF.
I would,
I would never eat one of these.
They’re
legal products,
they’re sold in a lot of places,
you can get them on Amazon,
you can get them at a
gas station or at a grocery store.
And look at,
look,
look at this.
So you’re supposed to eat the chip
and see how long you can go after it without eating or drinking anything,
and they have different
like levels of like,
you know,
how much of a bad ass you are or whatever.
And there is a warning on the
website.
Again,
I’m not into spicy food at all.
It does say keep out of reach of children,
intended for
adult consumption,
do not eat if you are sensitive to spicy food,
allergic to peppers,
night shades,
or capsicent,
or pregnant,
or have any medical conditions.
After touching the chip,
wash your hands with soap,
and do not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas.
Seek medical assistance
should you experience difficulty breathing,
fainting,
or extended nausea.
I mean,
that looks like a pretty
intense experience.
I’m not going to lie.
And I think one thing about this product is that does
think it’s marketed and really appeal to this like viral social stuff.
You know what I’m saying,
you know?
Here’s the thing it says.
This is a warning for adults,
not for children.
But I do think this
obviously appeals to minors just because they’re,
you know,
they see people doing it on.
They’re like,
oh my gosh,
I want to do that.
And let’s be real.
Kids are not known for making great decisions.
That’s
where there’s like age of consent.
That’s why they’re considered children and needing adult supervision,
because they’re the kids.
They’re kids.
And this kid was 14.
NBC 10 says,
okay.
So Harris’s mother said
that the family believes that the teenager died of complications from the one chip challenge,
though the results of an autopsy were pending.
Yeah,
classmate gave him the chip and then he
didn’t feel well.
Went to the nurse’s office.
Okay.
Yeah,
her son told him a classmate given the
chip,
leaving with a bad stomach ache.
He felt better after they went home than he was about to leave
for basketball trouts.
His brother said he passed out and then he was taken to a hospital where he was
pronounced dead.
This kid was 14.
Again,
I don’t know.
His medical history or his other health issues.
But he was a basketball player.
So he was probably physically okay.
Again,
I’m not a lawyer or a medical
professional.
Worcester police is investigating the death.
Obviously,
they don’t know much.
I mean,
this is like,
this is the worst case scenario.
Also,
the mom is asking like,
why he was sent to the
nurse’s office,
not to the hospital.
I mean,
this is just this whole thing is just disaster at a trap.
Like,
just a tragedy.
I have some questions on how safe this product is.
Even though it’s been sold in
stores and everything,
the family does have a go for me.
I’ll link everything below in the description box.
Again,
I know it’s probably too early to make a definite association between what happened to him
and this pake one ship challenge.
But if what the family is saying checks out,
everything that’s
happened does seem to be very highly coincidental.
So,
you know,
I don’t know.
So it says,
yeah,
they suspect
to be complications due to the one ship challenge.
I’m very curious about this autopsy.
What those
results say,
but this is just,
and also,
can you imagine being the classmate that gave his friend
this chip that may have better response for his death?
How awful would you feel?
I’m guessing the
classmate had no idea that could happen.
And here’s the thing.
The,
again,
the highlights effect that
we’re dealing with children here.
This kid was 14.
I’m sure the classmate was probably also under 18.
So these are kids,
given things to other kids.
And I,
I just don’t think kids are aware of all of these
changes.
They’re not mature enough.
And again,
I understand that’s why the packaging on the
pake one ship does say four adults.
But here’s my question.
It seems very easy to get this product.
Like,
they don’t age gated.
It’s not like you need an idea to purchase the the chips or anything.
You
can get them anywhere you can buy them on Amazon.
So I,
I think I’m going to make a few predictions of
one.
There’s definitely going to be some lawsuits here.
You know,
maybe some regularly.
I don’t know
there needs to be some regulations or something.
But clearly this,
you know,
again,
I feel like once
your food product has been associated with a death that may not go well for this for this company,
even though this product does say it’s only for adults and not for children.
One,
I think this
marketing definitely appeals to children,
especially like kids on TikTok or like YouTube shorts or
Instagram.
And it also seems like this company really did not make attempts to make it harder for kids
to get a hold of clearly.
It was very easy for these kids to get a hold of one of the chips or
multiple chips.
So I don’t know.
I think this is probably not going to go well for a for pake.
Just
just saying I would definitely definitely predict there’s going to be some lawsuits and settlements
here in some legal action against the company.
Possibly the school.
I don’t,
I don’t know.
But,
you know,
I just,
I want to say a couple things.
One,
I think that just because a product is
available in legal doesn’t always make me,
it’s safe for you.
Again,
I’m an adult.
So I probably
have a better mindset to make those types of decisions.
This kid Harris was 14.
He was not an adult
and clearly not in a position to make the right food decision for him.
Also,
this product,
even from
the get go to me,
it always looked pretty questionable.
Anything like this,
you’re like,
yeah,
I don’t
know about that.
Now,
about a decade ago,
there was another product.
I don’t know if you guys
remember called a for logo.
Well,
it’s still sold today,
but they’ve reformulated this drink and it’s
set.
This also looked,
when it came out,
I was like,
that looks sketchy.
I’m never going to try that.
It’s a fruit flavored alcoholic beverage and at the time it also had caffeine in it.
So again,
you’ve got like a stimulant and then you’ve got alcohol and this drink was associated with a number of
deaths,
including teenagers.
So I’m going to bring a couple of articles.
There were quite,
I remember,
because I remember covering this story at the time.
Around 2010,
2011,
I remember covering
a number of stories involving illnesses and even deaths associated with this alcoholic for
local drink.
But I remember you could get it.
You get it like a gas station and it was very popular.
Again,
I had like very colorful packaging and it was clearly not a very safe drink.
And there were also
a number of lawsuits filed against the company that produced for logo.
Let’s take a look at
others.
Okay,
ask where you got your silly pop up.
Yeah,
here’s what it looks like,
bunch of new stories
and voluntarily the company decided to take out the caffeine.
So on the website now,
because again,
got a lot of,
got a kind of a bad rap for obvious reasons.
It is still legal.
But they do say that they
have a ticket out yet.
So it says just for logo contained caffeine,
Guarana,
Artorine.
Those are
ingredients that are commonly in energy drinks like,
you know,
red ball monster.
And for logo,
decided to as part of a voluntary product reformulation in 2010,
we removed those ingredients from
the product,
which is why we can confidently say for logos aren’t dangerous when consumer
responsible.
Thus for logos contents are to the standard you would expect any premium milk
beverage.
So again,
bad press lawsuits associated deaths definitely motivated this for logo drink to
make some changes.
Let’s just say that.
I also remember another rash of stories where teenagers were
doing this thing called K2 or Spice.
It’s synthetic marijuana.
And that that particular substance
was linked to some deaths and hospitalizations in my state of Florida.
I remember there was one
in particular where a teen did K2 or Spice.
And I think they like fell into a pond and died or something
like that.
It was pretty crazy.
Obviously that impaired their cognitive abilities and mental state
and they ended up having an accidental death allegedly due to the this synthetic marijuana.
So again,
just not at the case of something that becomes a popular with teenagers that’s also
highly dangerous.
So again,
I don’t have children.
I think these stories are horrific.
I do think there
is again,
if you’re a parent,
obviously something you want to talk to your kids about.
But the other
thing I want to bring up is just as influencers and content creators.
I’ve been a content creator
here in YouTube for over five years and I am aware that things I do in future and how I conduct
myself can impact younger,
more impressionable viewers like teenagers.
So I do try to conduct myself in
way that that won’t harm children.
That’s the last thing I want to do.
I have another channel that’s all
about sewing and teaching people how to sew and featuring different sewing projects.
So I like to do
content that’s informative or that helps people or,
you know,
maybe encourages them to learn
something new.
But I do think some of these viral social media challenges are very dangerous and stupid
and just inherently not not good for children or younger audiences to be exposed to.
So that’s why I
wanted to talk about this day was just because it’s just so sad that this this teenager has passed away
and it may have been caused by a viral social media trend again,
not the first time.
And I also think
there’s something with all these viral pranks and people want you to do dangerous,
stunts for attention
and for virality.
And I’ve seen a few stories where were YouTubers have died because they did something
really,
really stupid.
So if you are watching in your younger,
I know it can be hard,
but try to use
your best judgment and not do anything dangerous for virality or for fame because it’s not really
going to help you if you’re not around for one and also just because you see something on social media doesn’t
mean it’s safe.
I think something about this pockey one chip challenge is that a lot of people saw
all of these videos and I think you can get a false sense of security or safety being like,
well,
I’ve seen like a thousand people do the pockey one chip challenge and they were totally fine.
When clearly that might not be the case,
but I do think that can give you kind of a false sense of
reality and I think that’s another issue that we could talk about here in YouTube and on the internet,
how just how this is not real life.
Like guys,
if you’re seeing stuff here on YouTube and on
Instagram and TikTok,
that’s not real life.
So again,
I do hope if you are younger and watching
or if you’re a parent and watching,
I do think these are just important things that we really need to be
more mindful of and maybe unplug a bit from the internet.
You don’t need to always be
terminally online,
but again,
I just want to say to the family and friends of this young man
that has passed away in such a tragic manner and at such a young age,
this kid at his whole life
ahead of him.
This is just,
it’s just seemed so unnecessary and I just really,
I really feel for this
family.
Again,
a link to their GoFundMe below in the description box and it’s just,
you know,
this,
this death didn’t need to happen,
but I think there’s just a lot of things in the equation
that contributed to this whole situation and I think there are some issues that we as a community can
come together and talk about.
Anyways,
I hope you found this video helpful.
I know this is definitely
an upbeat story,
but something that’s nevertheless important,
but I hope you found this video helpful.
I hit the like button on your way.
I’ll leave me a comment.
Let me know what you think and I’ll see you again in the
next one.

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