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Police officer buys homeless man a pair of shoes [Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?]
WWAY-TV ^ | November 30, 2012 | Katelyn Supa

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: charity; homeless; poor
God bless this cop. He demonstrated the love of God and was a true good neighbor...and did better than Obama's welfare state could do in 100 years.
1 posted on 11/30/2012 2:50:50 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Anyone else remember how homelessness was a big deal when Republicans were in the White House?


2 posted on 11/30/2012 2:53:55 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
And a tourist "cop" from AZ happened to be there to take the pic!

NYPD PR?

On the NYPD FB page?

3 posted on 11/30/2012 3:00:11 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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!


4 posted on 11/30/2012 3:04:29 AM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: sonofagun
And a tourist "cop" from AZ happened to be there to take the pic!

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..........

5 posted on 11/30/2012 3:22:32 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40
6 posted on 11/30/2012 3:24:48 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 3:26:52 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: SoFloFreeper; Hot Tabasco; sonofagun
It's hard not to be cynical now days, but I try when I can to think of these words:

Hub McCane: “Sometimes, the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most: that people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power, mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love, true love, never dies. You remember that, boy. Doesn’t matter if they are true or not. A man should believe in those things because those are the things worth believing in.” From the movie 'Secondhand Lions (2003)
8 posted on 11/30/2012 3:27:26 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

“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?


9 posted on 11/30/2012 3:29:03 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Please tell me you’re joking.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 3:30:58 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Has the world really gone down the tubes this bad that deeds like this are newsworthy? Really? Kudos to the cop nevertheless.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 3:39:39 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: SoFloFreeper

” [Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?”

It’s not obamas fault. That homeless guy is a holdover from the bush years.


12 posted on 11/30/2012 3:46:18 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 3:57:17 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 3:58:21 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Mitt has dogs for pets - Obama had them for lunch)
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To: sonofagun

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?


15 posted on 11/30/2012 3:59:47 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: sonofagun
And a tourist "cop" from AZ happened to be there to take the pic!

You want to quote for me where it says the tourist was a cop?

16 posted on 11/30/2012 4:01:37 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Please tell me you’re joking.

im joking.....sheesh

17 posted on 11/30/2012 4:14:49 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I knew you were joking. I too refuse to use the sophomoric "sarcasm tag".
18 posted on 11/30/2012 4:22:45 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


19 posted on 11/30/2012 4:39:10 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Graybeard58
You want to quote for me where it says the tourist was a cop?

"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.

Source

20 posted on 11/30/2012 4:45:28 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“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.


21 posted on 11/30/2012 4:46:59 AM PST by Twinkie (ABORTION is GENOCIDE of Blacks & Hispanics!)
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To: napscoordinator
You have to have a conspiracy about everything.

Please pardon my cynicism this soon after the elections.

It was absolutely a great Christmas story.

I certainly agree with that.

22 posted on 11/30/2012 4:50:35 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: sonofagun

Well nuts, you just might be right.


23 posted on 11/30/2012 5:04:04 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29; sonofagun
Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., was visiting Times Square with her husband on Nov. 14 when she spotted a shoeless man asking for change. Foster is the manager of the Pinal County Sheriff's public safety communications center.

Manager of the Communications Center does not a Cop make.
24 posted on 11/30/2012 5:14:41 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


25 posted on 11/30/2012 5:25:08 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

I thought the story that this guy never had a pair of shoes in his life sounded quite fishy.


26 posted on 11/30/2012 5:26:43 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 5:33:21 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: sonofagun
I do not know where the Arizona “cop” crap came from.
Jennifer Foster of Florence, Arizona who took the picture is a dispatch manager for the Pinal County Sheriff's Dept. I agree that she probably is sympathetic to the cops, but she ain't one.
The story says, she sent the picture to the NYMPH Facebook page. Sometimes, I think some Freepers are way too cynical.
28 posted on 11/30/2012 5:38:25 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


29 posted on 11/30/2012 5:50:07 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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To: sonofagun

Go to the “N Y Post” sight and get the facts. Your way off base


30 posted on 11/30/2012 5:57:46 AM PST by capt B
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To: sonofagun

“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.


31 posted on 11/30/2012 5:58:19 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: Graybeard58
“You want to quote for me where it says the tourist was a cop?”

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

32 posted on 11/30/2012 6:07:49 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


33 posted on 11/30/2012 6:10:09 AM PST by tiki
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To: SoFloFreeper

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?


34 posted on 11/30/2012 6:16:21 AM PST by brooklyn dave (1st commandment THOU SHALT NOT BELIEVE THY GOVERNMENT)
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To: lowbridge
[Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?”
In any Dem Presidency all homeless are quickly re-designated “Urban Outdoorsmen”. Homelessness solved!
35 posted on 11/30/2012 6:25:14 AM PST by spudville
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To: SoFloFreeper

I sure do. The Democrats said that Clinton would solve that problem. And cure AIDS to boot.


36 posted on 11/30/2012 6:27:44 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: SoFloFreeper
Gee, I don't know the cynicism in regards to cops on this website is breathtaking. I wouldn't be suprised what some think.

CC

37 posted on 11/30/2012 6:32:12 AM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: HereInTheHeartland
I believe you missed my point. I support the police. Another poster noted that it was recorded by another cop on vacation, I didn't see that. I'm sick of all the cop bashing that goes on around here and suspect that many of the bashers were at some point in their life, on the wrong side of the criminal justice system and have a grudge against all cops, although all will deny it vehemently.
38 posted on 11/30/2012 6:46:49 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: Graybeard58

Sorry.
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.


39 posted on 11/30/2012 6:53:33 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


40 posted on 11/30/2012 7:55:35 AM PST by twister881
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To: SoFloFreeper

He/she is responding to #3.


41 posted on 11/30/2012 8:03:00 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early church put its hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: napscoordinator

Can’t it be just a great story.

**************

Not around here.


42 posted on 11/30/2012 8:05:37 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early church put its hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: samiam1972

yeah, i’d like to see that follow up.


43 posted on 11/30/2012 8:07:25 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/national/new-york-cops-act-of-kindness-goes-viral


44 posted on 11/30/2012 8:12:49 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

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.


45 posted on 11/30/2012 8:16:49 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

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?


46 posted on 12/03/2012 6:16:29 AM PST by a real Sheila (R.I.P AMERICA 1776 - 2012)
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