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(The New York Times)   Another incident of police brutality: cop buys homeless man new boots on a freezing night - Skechers boots   (nytimes.com) divider line 77
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2012-11-29 02:07:04 PM
He'll just have to come up with a new hook. Maybe no pants.
I assume if he turns up shoeless it will be because some asshole stole them off him. He may be a crazy homeless person but I doubt he is dumb enough to piss off the cops.
 
2012-11-29 02:23:01 PM

Hipchewy1: Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.


He'll sell those boots for $10 to get his next fix.
 
2012-11-29 02:36:55 PM
That's his ex
 
2012-11-29 02:56:43 PM
its a good thing the times just happen to be there with a camera
 
2012-11-29 03:20:57 PM

DMZ DEATH: This world FARK has become a jaded, jaded place.


Fixed


Especially a cop, because in my experience, most of them are just the worst people imaginable.

You're so charming. Keep it up, sunshine.
 
2012-11-29 03:26:58 PM
Grew up in a small town; the cops there are decent people, and I learned a life-long respect for them...I guess big cities, bigger chance of corruption to spread.


But this thread should be about this cop and his selfless act.
 
2012-11-29 03:38:53 PM
The cop is a great person for sure, but did anyone else notice that the beggar was sitting shoe-less in front of a shoe store w/ a bag at his side?

I wonder how many pairs of shoes he has scored this way?

When I see a homeless person claiming they are hungry I usually offer to buy them some food. Mostly I get told to fark off. Only ONCE has the person accepted that offer. (so I bought him a nice lunch at the food court)
 
2012-11-29 03:43:02 PM

SpectroBoy: When I see a homeless person claiming they are hungry I usually offer to buy them some food. Mostly I get told to fark off. Only ONCE has the person accepted that offer. (so I bought him a nice lunch at the food court)


Once in Venice Beach we passed a group of scruffy-looking young guys. One of them asked my husband for his leftovers, and since we were staying in a hotel and had nowhere to put it he handed it over. The guy did a happy dance in the middle of the street.
 
2012-11-29 04:04:23 PM

SpectroBoy: The cop is a great person for sure, but did anyone else notice that the beggar was sitting shoe-less in front of a shoe store w/ a bag at his side?

I wonder how many pairs of shoes he has scored this way?


I was wondering about that - but this is a cop working in that area, dealing with these types of situations all the time. I think the cop would have figured out if it were a scam. That sort of thing is sort of their job. On the other hand, the cop might have just reacted on a totally emotional level to feeling the cold coming in through his gear. But I doubt a cop would get scammed in this way.
 
2012-11-29 04:20:20 PM
I have at least one pair of used boots I'd give away. Not in perfect condition, but still usable, just toss in a thick insole.
 
2012-11-29 04:25:09 PM

quietwalker: Hipchewy1: Not to downplay how nice this is, but the homeless guy may have been shoeless to get more donations/money. I often see homeless here without shoes/wearing garbage bags etc, it's why a lot of crusties keep a dog, they often get more by looking worse. I certainly hope he wears the shoes though, you can tell from the photo that his feet are pretty jacked.

Unfortunately, this is the case. This guy's hook is that he can't afford shoes. Others have chimed in to say that he's been doing this for a while.

Unfortunately, he didn't need those shoes, or that level of generosity. Just wait for any followup, and he'll be shoeless again.


Yeah, I just noticed he's conveneintly sitting outside a shoe store. Probably has a pair, takes them off so people pony up cash/shoes. Sells the better ones, keeps the money. Yeah, I'm jaded.
 
2012-11-29 04:52:28 PM
Well, I dunno about you guys, but for me this totally overrides all the shake-downs, beatings, and brazen abuse of power.
 
2012-11-29 04:53:51 PM
what A GREAT Person that Officer is! That goes to Prove that you cannot paint any Group of People with a broad Bush. I know there are bad Police Officers as well as good ones. It has Nothing to do with their Profession, This Story brought a Tear to my Eye.
 
2012-11-29 05:30:30 PM
Homeless Man Shod By Police
 
2012-11-29 06:13:16 PM

HeartBurnKid: If only all cops were as good as this guy.


Exactly.

Good on him.
 
2012-11-29 06:19:18 PM
I'm 50 y/o and had both good and bad experiences with law enforcement officers. So far, the good has outweighed the bad.
 
2012-11-29 06:48:04 PM

HeartBurnKid: If only all cops were as good as this guy.


If only all humans were as good as that cop.
 
2012-11-29 07:23:52 PM

kg2095: HeartBurnKid: If only all cops were as good as this guy.

If only all humans were as good as that cop.


Agreed!
 
2012-11-29 10:11:01 PM
What really got me kinda liking this guy was the "It's what anyone would have done".

I love that attitude. I hope this guy gets placed in a good unit where he can help people more.
 
2012-11-29 11:07:36 PM

ventrman: what A GREAT Person that Officer is! That goes to Prove that you cannot paint any Group of People with a broad Bush. I


True enough.
 
2012-11-30 02:18:02 AM

SpectroBoy: The cop is a great person for sure, but did anyone else notice that the beggar was sitting shoe-less in front of a shoe store w/ a bag at his side?

I wonder how many pairs of shoes he has scored this way?

When I see a homeless person claiming they are hungry I usually offer to buy them some food. Mostly I get told to fark off. Only ONCE has the person accepted that offer. (so I bought him a nice lunch at the food court)


I just did that the other night. Guy asked for change, which I didn't have so I countered with food. It was outside a 7-11 so it was by no means gourmet, but I was kind of impressed that he went for a salad and coconut flavored drink instead of a hot dog and beer (which i would have refused, the beer not the dog).

Good on this cop. I'm from NY and have found most of the beat cops there are decent sorts, it's the specialized unit guys who are the assholes. But then again, those guys have been in for a while and deal with true scum. Not an excuse but I can see where they can tend to paint everyone in the same light.
 
2012-11-30 04:27:33 AM
Luke 10:25-37
 
2012-11-30 05:54:36 AM
Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.
 
2012-11-30 09:15:07 AM

This About That: Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.


As soon as your mom stops eschewing adolescents for one night.
 
2012-11-30 09:31:51 AM

macadamnut: This About That: Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.

As soon as your mom stops eschewing adolescents for one night.


Look it up, kid.
 
2012-11-30 11:17:40 AM

This About That: macadamnut: This About That: Maybe it would be a good thing to eschew the dumbass adolescent cliches for one night and thank this cop from all of us for being a decent guy.

As soon as your mom stops eschewing adolescents for one night.

Look it up, kid.


Study it out, son.
 
2012-11-30 12:59:04 PM
 
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