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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

Officer gives boots to homeless man; kindness sparks online sensation

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Larry DePrimo was photographed handing boots and thermal socks to a homeless man.

NEW YORK— A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.

Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., was visiting New York with her husband on Nov. 14, when she came across the shoeless man asking for change in Times Square.

As she was about to approach him, she said the officer — identified as Larry DePrimo — came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the frigid night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone.

It was posted Tuesday night to the NYPD’s official Facebook page and became an instant hit. More than 325,000 users “liked” it as of Thursday morning, and over 79,000 shared it.

Thousands of people commented, including one person who praised him as “An officer AND a Gentleman.”

The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. A shoe store is seen in the background.

The NYPD Facebook page on Thursday posted a comment from DePrimo saying “I didn’t think anything of it” and updated it with a photo of DePrimo taken in 2011.

“’I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you,’” Foster quoted DePrimo as saying to the homeless man. “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching.”

Foster said she’s worked in law enforcement for 17 years and has never been more impressed.
“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 wrote on Facebook. She said she never got the officer’s name.

DePrimo, who is assigned to the Sixth Precinct and lives on Long Island, told Newsday that the homeless man “smiled from ear to ear” after getting the boots.

“It was like you gave him a million dollars,” he added.

He told The New York Times that he keeps the receipt for the boots in his vest to remind him “that sometimes people have it worse.”

Edited by zero-ONE-three, 29 November 2012 - 01:56 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:06 PM

So strange seeing a positive police story posted on CDC.



Well done, Larry :)
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:06 PM

Great story mate .

I wish there were more acts of simple kindness like this .
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:08 PM

Great story mate .

I wish there were more acts of simple kindness like this .

there are, they just don't get press
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:09 PM

Saw that this morning. Great story. :)
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

Great story.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

kinda makes you think there might be hope for the human race after all...
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:25 PM

kinda makes you think there might be hope for the human race after all...


I've never doubted the human race, and this is one reason why. Heartwarming story.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

Oh, see I read that as "Officer puts boots to homeless man..." which more what I've come to expect. Nice change of pace.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

People shouldn't be so shocked by acts of kindness. They should be a regular part of our society. Sadly they're not though, which is why people are so amazed by this.

If our governments took better care of the homeless, we wouldn't need officer's spending their own money to help them.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

Later the homeless man pawned them for a 26 of whiskey that he used to warm his tummy. Kidding
I saw this picture and thought it was one of those stupid random photos with some sort of lie associated with nice to hear its true.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:26 PM

Big whoop. I've given lots of clothes away. Somebody call the media!!
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:56 PM

Was gonna post this thread.

Shows to people that cops aren't bad people, they're humans just like you and I.

Love when cops get involved or help the community like this RCMP officer in Alberta.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:11 PM

Waiting for Fox News to spin this into a story about left-wing communist police officers ...
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

What they didn't tell you is that the boots and socks were evidence from a murder, and the cop was planting them on the homeless man to frame him.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:15 PM

Officer gives boots to homeless man; kindness sparks online sensation

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Larry DePrimo was photographed handing boots and thermal socks to a homeless man.

NEW YORK— A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.

Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., was visiting New York with her husband on Nov. 14, when she came across the shoeless man asking for change in Times Square.

As she was about to approach him, she said the officer — identified as Larry DePrimo — came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the frigid night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone.

It was posted Tuesday night to the NYPD’s official Facebook page and became an instant hit. More than 325,000 users “liked” it as of Thursday morning, and over 79,000 shared it.

Thousands of people commented, including one person who praised him as “An officer AND a Gentleman.”

The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. A shoe store is seen in the background.

The NYPD Facebook page on Thursday posted a comment from DePrimo saying “I didn’t think anything of it” and updated it with a photo of DePrimo taken in 2011.

“’I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you,’” Foster quoted DePrimo as saying to the homeless man. “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching.”

Foster said she’s worked in law enforcement for 17 years and has never been more impressed.
“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 wrote on Facebook. She said she never got the officer’s name.

DePrimo, who is assigned to the Sixth Precinct and lives on Long Island, told Newsday that the homeless man “smiled from ear to ear” after getting the boots.

“It was like you gave him a million dollars,” he added.

He told The New York Times that he keeps the receipt for the boots in his vest to remind him “that sometimes people have it worse.”

He's a cop, and he didn't know the guy was right there snapping pics?Great awareness, and needs a reciept to remind him tthat "some people have it worse" What the hell? bahahaha ooook.....
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

He's a cop, and he didn't know the guy was right there snapping pics?Great awareness, and needs a reciept to remind him tthat "some people have it worse" What the hell? bahahaha ooook.....


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

Those feet are huge. Size 12, really?
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

kinda makes you think there might be hope for the human race after all...


You would think so. Then you turn on the news, and yeah..
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

Big whoop. I've given lots of clothes away. Somebody call the media!!

Way to make it about you.

Douche.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

Was gonna post this thread.

Shows to people that cops aren't bad people, they're humans just like you and I.

Love when cops get involved or help the community like this RCMP officer in Alberta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KTnLVzI2q4


LOL that cops drumming mad the other guys guitar sound decent. I love when cops do stuff like that


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

Not an official 'sensation' until the homeless man stands up on his new boots and dances gangnam style.


Is it bad that i thought 'cop gives boots to homeless man' meant that he was kicking him in his kidneys when he was down on the street?

Oh right. Not VPD cop in this case.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

People shouldn't be so shocked by acts of kindness. They should be a regular part of our society. Sadly they're not though, which is why people are so amazed by this.

If our governments took better care of the homeless, we wouldn't need officer's spending their own money to help them.

happens all the time just isn't put on youtube.
but awesome to see either way.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

People shouldn't be so shocked by acts of kindness. They should be a regular part of our society. Sadly they're not though, which is why people are so amazed by this.

If our governments took better care of the homeless, we wouldn't need officer's spending their own money to help them.


Welcome to mainstream media - 99% of what is shown on mainstream news is bad. Unfortunately, like rubber neckers driving past an accident on a highway, the majority go for it and the media mongrels know it. Until more and more people stop watching it.

Thanks officer for helping make the world a better place.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

Saw this the other day.

Great story!
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

There was a similar story in Winnipeg a few months back:
http://ca.news.yahoo...-182852653.html
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:10 AM

Seems he's stashed his boots for safekeeping. They"re too nice to wear around the hood.

http://www.nydailyne...ticle-1.1212149

The barefoot homeless man who was given a pair of shoes by a kind-hearted beat cop is wandering the streets shoeless again.
Jeffrey Hillman, 54, was spotted panhandling on the upper West Side Sunday without the $100 boots NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought for him on a frigid November night in Times Square.


Read more: http://www.nydailyne...9#ixzz2E0B18Jsh


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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:25 AM

Breaking news: The homeless man is barefoort again. Photos of him now show him without shoes again.

http://www.watoday.c...1203-2aqxf.html

He said he hid them away. I say he sold them for drugs or booze. What do you say?
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