NY cop's kindness to shoeless man not in vain
The Kansas City Star
Ok, so the homeless man who was the recipient of a nice pair of boots from a good New York City cop was found shoeless again. He said he hid the boots because they are worth a lot of money.
Oh, and he wants “a piece of the pie” because a photo of he and the police officer was posted on line without his permission.
That should not be taken to mean that good deeds are not worth doing. The homeless guy, identified in the New York Times as Jeffrey Hillman, is very likely walking around the streets of New York City barefoot in early winter at least in part because of a mental illness. An inability to respond to help in an appropriate and graceful way probably is both a cause and effect of his problems.
But police Officer Larry DePrimo’s act of compassion and generosity undoubtedly inspired others to help those in need. And many of those people will be more inclined to make good use of that generosity.
As for Hillman making money off of the widely distributed picture of he and DePrimo — not likely. A tourist from Arizona snapped the unscripted moment and the New York Police Department put it on its web site. From there it went viral.