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Update: Homeless Man Is Grateful for Officer’s Gift of Boots. But He Again Is Barefoot.

Update to this story from a few days ago on the DP: Positive Police from the NY Times: After Officer Lawrence DePrimo knelt beside a barefoot man on a bitterly cold November night in Times Square, giving him a pair of boots, a photo of his random act of good will quickly took on a life of its own — becoming a symbol for a million acts of kindness that go unnoticed every day and a reminder that even in this tough, often anonymous city, people can still look out for one another.

Officer DePrimo was celebrated on front pages and morning talk shows, the Police Department came away with a burnished image and millions got a smile from a nice story.

But what of the shoeless man?

For days, his bare feet — blistered and battered — were well known. Yet precise details about him proved elusive.

His name is Jeffrey Hillman, and on Sunday night, he was once again wandering the streets — this time on the Upper West Side — with no shoes.

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he hid the shoes because he

he hid the shoes because he can lose his life? maybe the same person who will allegedly threaten his life can threaten him to take the robber to the shoes or lose his life. absurd. then he says

“I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?” he said. “This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.”

That explains why he is in the situation he puts himself.

This World is Full of Irony these Days

One minute everyone is bashing the NYPD for their heavy handed abuse and the next one or two are being made into heros. Just shows you can't judge all cops by the pack they run in.


Equilibrium And a Lesson Learned

This is why charity needs to be discriminatory and take into account the individual, and what they need and want, and whether it's appropriate to supply that, or deny it.

Because government is not allowed to discriminate, charity must be private.

There are plenty of people who fall on hard times, and given a hand up, will regain their feet and contribute to others. Another person will take the same help and use it to remain where they are.

In this situation, everybody now knows that this man can't be helped with shoes. Government would keep giving him shoes because he's barefoot, if that met the program rules.

A free market in charity (with or without a sermon, strings attached or not) is the best solution. Government programs entrench dependency.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

According to Frederick Douglass,

"A man, at times, gets something for nothing, but it will, in his hands, amount to nothing."
Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/n65spq

Of course.

I knew this was going to happen. I figured they would either be stolen or sold. The cop ought to have known better than to put such an expensive pair of footwear on that man. Like the man said, he could be killed for them. This is when helping hurts.

He traded them

for a bottle of MD 20/20....Fact is, you cant help people who do not want to help themselves.....

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

Generally folk are in the exact condition and situation they

want to be in.

It does not take away from the kind act of the cop though.

What is ironic is that the entire world was oohing and awing this selfless act by the cop. If it was any other profession, besides a banker, no one would have batted an eye. I suppose it is because the majority of the people who desire to enforce the 38 million laws we suffer with in the US are dull resentful busybodies with short man complexes. They don't question the sheer number of laws nor our astronomic prisoner rate. They believe the people are beneath them and they need to mold us into good sheep.

This is probably a stone that would have been better unturned

Nice cop goes out of his way to purchase a pair of $100 shoes for a homeless man only to later find out the man ditched the shoes because being shoeless is an essential aspect of his profession--begging. Haha the homeless guy's daily revenues probably took a huge hit when he was standing there begging in a pair of brand spankin' new sketchers.

Or he sold them (with all the publicity).

BUT the cop did the right thing and he can only rest in that. Our obligation is to do what is right regardless of what another does.

It's a matter of the heart.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Agree completely

It's just unfortunate for the cop who obviously wasn't looking for the publicity, but will now have to hear about what has happened since his kind act--probably not something he really wants to hear about.