What a world.
by JP Bill - 12/3/12 4:49 AM
After Officer Lawrence DePrimo knelt beside a barefoot man on a bitterly cold November night in Times Square, giving him a pair of boots, a photo of his random act of good will quickly took on a life of its own — becoming a symbol for a million acts of kindness that go unnoticed every day and a reminder that even in this tough, often anonymous city, people can still look out for one another.
The $100 pair of boots that Officer DePrimo had bought for him at a Sketchers store on Nov. 14 were nowhere to be seen.
"Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money," Mr. Hillman said in an interview on Broadway in the 70s. "I could lose my life."
Mr. Hillman, 54, was by turns aggrieved, grateful and taken aback by all the attention that had come his way — even as he struggled to figure out what to do about it.
"I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?" he said. "This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie."
He can't/won't wear them because they would be stolen, or he doesn't want to damage them so he can sell them on ebay?
Winnipeg bus driver gives homeless man shoes off his feet
So Doubledee decided to act. To the amazement of his passengers, he pulled his bus over to the side of the road, got out and then gave the man the shoes off his feet.
"I didn't get a chance to see if they fit, but I got a big foot so, I'm pretty sure they did," he says.
Then Doubledee jumped back on his bus and started driving again with just his socks on. His passengers were stunned.