Skip to comments.Police officer buys homeless man a pair of shoes [Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?]
Posted on 11/30/2012 2:50:40 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
One tourist's photograph, among the countless snapped every day in the Big Apple, has gone viral. The moment captured is one of generosity, and since it was posted on Tuesday, it has circled the globe and brought a lot of attention to one young New York City cop.
Had it not been for a tourist from Arizona who snapped the photo with her cell phone, Officer Lawrence DePrimo's act of kindness, giving boots to a homeless man, may have gone unnoticed. Tourist Jennifer Foster emailed the photo to the NYPD and they posted it to their Facebook page. Tens of thousands of comments followed.
DePrimo says he had no idea it was going to be such a big deal. The 25-year-old officer was on patrol in Times Square on a cold night two weeks ago when he saw the homeless man with bare feet. He says, "You could see the blisters were about the size of my hands. My heart just went out to this man. I didn't think anything of it. I just went towards him, asked him if he wanted a pair of socks. He said no, but thanks and God bless you for asking. And that I found amazing. Here he didn't even have a pair of socks tohis name and he had the heart to say God bless me. It was absolutely, it was just inspiring."
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Anyone else remember how homelessness was a big deal when Republicans were in the White House?
On the NYPD FB page?
Good on the cop. I hope the homeless guy can keep his new boots from getting stolen.
My young son last year did a thing with church where they made up brown bags with a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich, a banana, cookie and bottle of water. Then went downtown in a group to pass them out to homeless people they came across.
My son related (with tears in his eyes) how he offered a bag to a very old bag lady, and she politely refused. My son offered it again, and she explained that she couldn’t eat it all right then, and that someone would rob her for the left-overs. So they made a deal and he gave her half a sandwich and the cookie!
Yea, and afterwards, the cop went back and took the boots and socks away from the guy and returned them to the store. It was all a staged PR stunt..........
I guess he’ll never be able to play the “bad cop”
A group in Amsterdam a few years ago, on very cold nights handed out pairs of thick cotton socks with hot baked potatoes in them to homeless people. The idea was that the insulated potatoes would help keep people warm over the night and in the morning there would be breakfast and clean socks.
“God bless this cop”
That’s what I would say, too. But I’ll bet under obama’s thinking, this cop would lose his job because it’s not fair that only one homeless person was helped by this cop. How fair is it that only one homeless person should be helped?
Please tell me you’re joking.
Has the world really gone down the tubes this bad that deeds like this are newsworthy? Really? Kudos to the cop nevertheless.
” [Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?”
It’s not obamas fault. That homeless guy is a holdover from the bush years.
This story was incredible. What a great cop they have in New York City. Being only 25, at least we have some youth we can count on to continue our great country on the right track after most of on here are gone. We need about 300 million more of them though.
He probably is joking about taking the boots back.
It probably was a PR stunt.
The homeless guy probably traded the boots for a fifth of booze within a few hours.
Can’t it be just a great story. You have to have a conspiracy about everything. I don’t believe it was a PR story at all. It was absolutely a great Christmas story. I suppose you find some of what Jesus did suspect? Turning 2 fish and 4 loafs into an amount to feed an entire group? Someone there also wrote about that....problem with that?
You want to quote for me where it says the tourist was a cop?
Hey folks, maybe the story is true, maybe its not a PR stunt. Maybe just maybe the cop is a good guy. Believe it, there are thousands upon thousands of good deeds done every day by people who are never recognized by the media. I choose to believe this police officer is one of NY’s finest.
"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer's name," Foster wrote. "It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared."
Foster is the tourist.
“Anyone else remember how homelessnes was a big deal when Republicans were in the White House?”
Yes. Since Obama (the first sorta African-American President) has been in office; the Commie MSM has totally wiped away any notice of the things they used to torment “Bush” about. - Now that they need to help Obama get what he wants from the “eeevil” Republicans in Congress, we’ll see a leetle teensy bit of “news” about the homeless to publicize how we “need more programs” and how “heartless” the Republicans are to try to limit Obama’s reckless credit card spending.
Please pardon my cynicism this soon after the elections.
It was absolutely a great Christmas story.
I certainly agree with that.
Well nuts, you just might be right.
I found a follow up story on this picture. The homeless guy is running a scam. The shop owner said the guy got ten pairs of shoes that day. If I can find the story again, I’ll post a link. What the cop did is still incredibly kind but it seems he may have been duped.
I thought the story that this guy never had a pair of shoes in his life sounded quite fishy.
I do! There was a homeless story with Brian Williams show last night, and it did not shock me it ran after the election, now that its safe.
I know a lot of cops on my own department that have reached into their pockets and given people money. On duty. Buying people food and taking kids Christmas shopping.
None of this makes the papers though. You only make the paper when you do something wrong. Oh well, barring economic collapse it’s 2 years til retirement and societal escape.
Go to the “N Y Post” sight and get the facts. Your way off base
“And a tourist “cop” from AZ happened to be there to take the pic!”
She was interviewed on FNC this morning. Now, the NY cop is on Fox and Friends.
Yes the AZ cop on vacation took the picture.
She saw a great moment by someone in her profession and grabbed the chance to document it. She is probably sick and tired of hearing all the negative comments about her profession. Kudos to her.
AZ cops are allowed to take vacations to NY
The story on the ABQ news was that the man had NEVER owned a pair of shoes. Of course I didn’t believe that and went looking for the real story. It is a nice story and I do believe it is true.
I SAW THE PICTURE GOD BLESS THAT COP
MY FATHER WAS NYPD MANY YEARS AGO
I REMEMBER HIM TELLING ME AND MY MOTHER
ABOUT HIM GIVING A COAT TO A LOCAL DOWN
AND OUT GUY THAT HE KNEW FROM HIS BEAT
BACK THEN THEY WERE JUST CALLED BUMS
NOW HOMELESS ARE ALMOST ANOTHER CLASS
IF ONLY THE DEMS COULD GET THEM TO VOTE
WILL OBAMA GIVE THEM COATS AND SHOES?
I sure do. The Democrats said that Clinton would solve that problem. And cure AIDS to boot.
Yes it was cop who took the picture.
Hopefully people don’t see that as some type of conspiracy; some probably will, but that’s their problem.
Yes, God bless the officer for his kindness. In his compassion, he looked into the face of Jesus.
Now, where is the outrage over the media lionizing the officer, but ignoring the huge problem the left has caused by allowing the drug/alcohol-addled and mentally ill to roam freely without being involuntarily, but humanely, committed to care and treatment. The Obama-Commie clones are responsible for this, not George Bush.
He/she is responding to #3.
Cant it be just a great story.
Not around here.
yeah, i’d like to see that follow up.
Here is the link that I read about the homeless guy getting lots of shoes that day. It wasn’t so much as a follow up as just comments from people that see the man around town on a regular basis. You’ll see the comments at the bottom of the article. Last couple of paragraphs.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t think what the cop did was wonderful. He has a kind soul and was trying to do something good. I can appreciate that! It really is the little things like this that have the potential to truly make a difference. Scam or no scam.
Sadly, I think you are correct.
I just saw a story today that said the man is walking around shoeless again! In an interview he talks about being on Youtube and Facebook and wants to know “where is HIS piece of the pie.” Now, how would a truly homeless person have any clue what Facebook and Youtube is and how would he know he is on it and is a popular draw?
SCAM, SCAM, SCAM.
I’ve noticed that you see trends among the homeless in various cities. For instance, one year in several different cities, I saw several of them carrying signs that said “Need beer. Why lie?”
I’m sure we will now see many shoeless during the winter to get sympathy, now that the word spreads showing it works.
Remember the “Will work for food” signs a few years ago?