“to remind me that sometimes people have it worse.”


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  1. 4 months from now he’ll sue the city for fitting him with footwear which was too large, causing blisters and emotional distress, be awarded several million dollars, and live happily ever after.

    The officer will be dismissed from his job after the NAACP accuses him of deliberately crippling a poor black man’s feet, “in the tradition of hobbling of runaway slaves by rich white slaveowners.”

    The city will raise taxes to remove the emergency equipment from all squad cars and replace it with fashionable footwear in a variety of sizes to fit any urban outdoorsperson, and send all law enforcement officers to intensive training sessions on proper accessory coordination with shopping carts and stray dogs.

    Comment by apotheosis — November 30, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  2. Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm for a day;
    Set him on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Comment by Hope Rogers — November 30, 2012 @ 7:11 am

  3. Sorry to be so cynical given an example of a truly awesome person.

    It’s just what the world has made me.

    Comment by apotheosis — November 30, 2012 @ 7:19 am

  4. That’s a great story. I look at that picture and wonder WHY? There’s much more to this story than what we are seeing.

    Comment by geezerette — November 30, 2012 @ 7:57 am

  5. Not shown: The same man taking off the boots and putting them into the bag next to him along with his new Nike hightops. Barefooted in winter is better for the donations. He would later sell the boots on ebay at a small fraction of their original purchase price saying, “why would I need ANOTHER set of boots”?

    Never, never, never give anything to a “homeless” person.

    Comment by Professor Hale — November 30, 2012 @ 8:03 am

  6. A little kindness never hurts,
    even if it later turns out to be misplaced or wasted.

    Mebbe there really are Americans in NYC.

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 30, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  7. Some times I’m selfish…and do things for others because they make ME feel better :)

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — November 30, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  8. Cops may be American by birth or law, but they are union members. I think this is contrived, to counter the release of this story.

    Comment by Justin Credible — November 30, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  9. No problem is made better by having to walk barefoot.

    Comment by staghounds — November 30, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  10. “No problem is made better by having to walk barefoot.”

    Not even cruel shoes?

    Comment by Professor Hale — November 30, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  11. I cried because I had no hair, then I met a man who had no head.

    Comment by Paul Moore — November 30, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  12. The why story I’d like to know is about the homeless man not the police officer.

    Comment by geezerette — November 30, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  13. If it inspires more New Yorkers to give voluntarily and not demand other people’s govern-money help the poor (he doesn’t appear to be holding a sign) then it could be a good thing.

    On a similar note, back when the economy was better a guy working for me in construction who never dressed better than most homeless would sometimes transfer buses in downtown Seattle and often would see some professional panhandlers. One black chick bragged to him that in 3 hours she could pull down as much as $120.00. With no overhead but a crayon and cardboard sign that is enough for many hard working people to get by.

    Comment by accipiter NW — November 30, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

  14. From Justin’s story:

    “He takes responsibility and accountability for his actions,” Gallo said, which were brought about by “the scourge of prescription drugs.”

    In addition to swiping three Glocks and a Smith & Wesson from the Ninth Precinct earlier this year, Mina admitted to selling his own private-use Glock — and investigators caught him on wiretaps talking about taking and selling more guns.

    Those weapons could have been used against Mina’s fellow officers, the judge noted.

    If he’d only stolen from someone besides brother officers…

    Comment by rickn8or — November 30, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

  15. Yep. He betrayed his oath, and he betrayed his fellow officers – and still got a shorter sentence than the guy that bought the stolen weapons.

    While wearing the exact same uniform as every other cop in New York.

    How do you tell the good ones from the bad ones?

    Comment by Justin Credible — November 30, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  16. I met a man who had no face, till I realized I had been staring at his ass for the last 15 minutes.

    No, seriously, it was at least 15 minutes.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — December 1, 2012 @ 5:51 am

  17. damn, we are a jaded bunch.
    just sometimes….
    we witness random acts of kindness and say…
    What does that say about us?
    I must be going soft!
    *someone kick me!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — December 1, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  18. Sorry Melissa in TX.
    I have seen too many staged pictures in the media. media + cameras + real heroes are almost never in the same place at the same time. But every reporter wants to have one. So they create them.

    No mention is made of the thousands of pairs of shoes that are bought by various charities around the country EVERY DAY. This is only news worthy because a media drone needed something to meet a deadline.

    We barely heard about the millions of dollars that Mitt gave from his own money to charity. I’ll bet THAT bought a few pairs of shoes. The narrative is, “i’m a good person because i brought you this story and now you will be encouraged to donate to homeless people charities.”

    Comment by Professor Hale — December 2, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  19. Somebody did a follow-up with this guy. He’s not wearing the boots because they’re expensive and he doesn’t want them stolen or something.

    Comment by Mitchell — December 3, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

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