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pesticidal
12-03-2012, 11:16
sigh...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/03/homeless-boots-nyc/1742199/

wvtarheel
12-03-2012, 11:19
Surprised? There was a reason he was homeless. A large % of the homeless population struggles with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Which is to say, I'm not especially surprised.

skeeter7
12-03-2012, 11:20
Let his feet freeze then....what can one say in this situation? If he was worried about someone taking his new boots, he should have just rubbed them in mud just to make them look dirty. There's something more to this...probably sold them for a few bucks.

aplcr0331
12-03-2012, 11:20
Wait, this doesn't make sense. I thought all homeless people were just ten minutes away from being me? They hit a little streak of bad luck and lost their homes, jobs, and friends? They were just working stiffs who had a turn of bad luck.

How incredible that this journalist found the one and only homeless person that chooses that life? This is like winning the lottery!

boone10
12-03-2012, 11:21
coulda knocked me over with a feather...

GRIMLET
12-03-2012, 11:24
I thought this was going to happen.
Anything new is a target among the homeless. They were probably stolen. I bet his other shoes were stolen too.

Give a kid in the projects a new bike. They don't get very many rides before its jacked.


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badge315
12-03-2012, 11:28
Maybe he thinks he's Shoeless Joe Jackson. :whistling:

Detectorist
12-03-2012, 11:36
Anyone in NYC should know that giving an expensive gift to a homeless person is futile. He probably sold it for crack.

PBCounty
12-03-2012, 11:38
Didn't see that coming at all. Probably traded them for a half bottle of Mad Dog 20/20.

TheExplorer
12-03-2012, 11:41
I don't believe for a second he actually said "He says he's grateful for the gift, but he wants "a piece of the pie" because the photo was posted online "without permission."

tsmo1066
12-03-2012, 11:43
This doesn't detract from the kindness that the officer showed, nor does it make the officer's actions any less praiseworthy.

That being said, there's a reason why most big-city folks step right past homeless bums who are begging on the street, and it isn't necessarily because big city folks are a bunch of asshats, it's because most of us who live in the larger urban areas have learned through the school of hard knocks that giving gifts to homeless people is more often than not a futile gesture.

DaleGribble
12-03-2012, 11:43
The cop should have bought him cheaper boots.

2-8 Marine
12-03-2012, 11:46
Anyone in NYC should know that giving an expensive gift to a homeless person is futile. He probably sold it for crack.

Sad to say, but my bets sold for booze or drugs.

PBCounty
12-03-2012, 12:05
My homeless uncle made a pretty good "living" from nice folks. People would give him everything from clothes to bicycles. One sucker bought him an extensive, high quality tool set because my uncle gave him a line about getting a job as a maintenance man. It all went to booze....hell his nightly sleeping spot was behind a liquor store.

dpadams6
12-03-2012, 12:09
Reminds me of the time I found a homeless man begging for food. I felt bad for him and gave him a big bag of peanuts in shells that I kept in my car for snacking. I handed him the bag and he didn't say anything. I thought maybe he was just frightened/scared of me walking up to him. As I drive away and look in my rearview mirror, I see him dump out all the peanuts, crumple up the bag and toss it to the ground.

BAILIFF
12-03-2012, 12:09
The cop should have bought him cheaper boots.

My second thought, after hearing this story, was that this bum was gonna get shanked by another one for those new kicks. Cheaper or second hand shoes that didn't attract attention would have been a better choice, but the fact is this guy has been walking barefoot for years; it's a part of his illness.

mgs
12-03-2012, 12:30
It is what it is.......can't help some people so let them struggle and be who they want to be.

Kevin108
12-03-2012, 12:45
If you've ever spent time around an urban area (just guessing, anywhere with a road named after Martin Luther King), you know a dozen cases just like this. You know the street people. You know their party spots. And you know better than to give them anything.

Dennis in MA
12-03-2012, 12:51
The cop should have bought him cheaper boots.

Or just bought him this outfit.

http://www.redriderleglamps.com/images/products/bunny2.jpg

Bonus: Not only is he warm AND no one will bother wanting it. . .


. . .



. . .

Think of how festive the streets of NYC would look!

gjk5
12-03-2012, 12:53
wow, I can't believe it.

Psychman
12-03-2012, 12:58
......and now he wants his "piece of the pie" because they posted his picture on line without his permission. No good deed goes unrewarded.

1-2man
12-03-2012, 13:01
I was thinking he would sell them or someone would steal them from him upon first reading the story.

Bren
12-03-2012, 13:02
sigh...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/03/homeless-boots-nyc/1742199/

I'd guess, the cop who helped him was nice - not experienced. Otherwise, he'd have already known what that guy was going to do with a new pair of shoes.:upeyes:

NDCent
12-03-2012, 13:08
He probably keeps them in a locker at the terminal. I'm sure his 'work' dress code requires no shoes for maximum donations. Tis the season.

PBCounty
12-03-2012, 13:15
Oh well...I hope the cop as least got some tail out of it.

G29Reload
12-03-2012, 13:20
Sad to say, but my bets sold for booze or drugs.

Or maybe he got a deal on a Toshiba Thrive tablet. Pics will be less interesting but.....

G29Reload
12-03-2012, 13:25
Oh well...I hope the cop as least got some tail out of it.

I dont think the homeless guy rolls that way. It wasnt a trade he just gave it to him.

PBCounty
12-03-2012, 13:47
I dont think the homeless guy rolls that way. It wasnt a trade he just gave it to him.

:rofl:

Gallium
12-03-2012, 14:14
I'd guess, the cop who helped him was nice - not experienced. Otherwise, he'd have already known what that guy was going to do with a new pair of shoes.:upeyes:


I had to bite my tongue when "we" were all showering him with praise for his kind actions.


Good intentions, but he would have been better off giving the dude a pair of "thermal" socks 1x week for the next 3 years.

series1811
12-03-2012, 14:22
The cop should have bought him cheaper boots.

And, duct taped them on him.

INJoker
12-03-2012, 16:35
I'm as desensitized as anyone, but this does not overshadow the fact that the Officer did something noble. He tried to help. Whether or not it was futile is beside the point: he saw someone in need and he tried to assist them.

NeverMore1701
12-03-2012, 16:39
Not at all surprised.


Still doesn't detract from the kindness the cop showed.