YouTube star Matthew Santoro shocked his viewers with a sobering video on July 27, in which he admitted that all of his belongings — besides what he was able to fit in a suitcase — had been stolen from the trailer of a moving truck.
UPDATE 8-4-2020: In a happy turn of events, Santoro revealed in a July 30 video that the trailer containing his belongings has been located, although the shipping company is unsure if anything has been stolen from the trailer at the time of writing.
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Santoro boasts a fairly large presence on YouTube, where he has garnered over six million subscribers due to his “listicle” videos, in which he breaks down topics like “50 amazing facts” or “10 banned YouTube channels.”
However, his most recent upload took a sharp turn from his usual repertoire of content, with the influencer announcing that all of his belongings had been stolen during his move from Los Angeles to Toronto, Canada.
According to the YouTuber, the trailer that housed his things had been stolen from the truck of the moving company he’d hired.
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Happy birthday to me! ?????…ok so it’s not quite a party. But don’t be sad! Yes I’m quarantined in the house for 14 days because I moved home from LA (without furniture yet), but it’s worth it! I have the kitties, books to read, and I’m currently binging BoJack Horseman on Netflix so I’m good! Most importantly I’m just really happy to be home. I’m grateful for my health and another year alive. Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone ?
“Every single thing I have in this world is gone,” Santoro explained. “The only stuff I have left is what I was able to bring with me in a single suitcase back to Toronto.”
Aside from a few shirts, a single pair of shoes, toiletries, his computer, and camera, the YouTuber has nothing — and what’s worse is that some of what was stolen are irreplaceable.
“It’s not the fact I have nothing left,” he said in a Tweet about the theft. “It’s that some things can’t be replaced. Family pictures of my Nona who passed. My YouTube plaques from 2014. All the raw footage from my old videos. None of it can be replaced.”
It’s not the fact I have nothing left. It’s that some things can’t be replaced. Family pictures of my Nona who passed. My YouTube plaques from 2014. All the raw footage from my old videos. None of it can be replaced.
— Matthew Santoro (@MatthewSantoro) July 27, 2020
Despite his harrowing circumstances, Santoro claimed he was most upset that his cats’ beds had been taken in the mix, and attempted to mitigate the loss by recognizing that “it’s just stuff” and “at least [I] have my health.”
He likewise claimed that he felt the moving company was a bit shady from the outset, claiming that they’d tried to overcharge him, among other offenses.
But, for the sake of potential legal action, he declined to name the company in question or speak more on his experiences with them.
Thus far, the YouTuber has been met with an outpouring of support from fans after this terrible theft has left him “in shock” and without any of the things he’d hope to move into his new home.