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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by pesticidal, Dec 3, 2012.
Surprised? There was a reason he was homeless. A large % of the homeless population struggles with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
Which is to say, I'm not especially surprised.
Let his feet freeze then....what can one say in this situation? If he was worried about someone taking his new boots, he should have just rubbed them in mud just to make them look dirty. There's something more to this...probably sold them for a few bucks.
Wait, this doesn't make sense. I thought all homeless people were just ten minutes away from being me? They hit a little streak of bad luck and lost their homes, jobs, and friends? They were just working stiffs who had a turn of bad luck.
How incredible that this journalist found the one and only homeless person that chooses that life? This is like winning the lottery!
coulda knocked me over with a feather...
I thought this was going to happen.
Anything new is a target among the homeless. They were probably stolen. I bet his other shoes were stolen too.
Give a kid in the projects a new bike. They don't get very many rides before its jacked.
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Maybe he thinks he's Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Anyone in NYC should know that giving an expensive gift to a homeless person is futile. He probably sold it for crack.
Didn't see that coming at all. Probably traded them for a half bottle of Mad Dog 20/20.
I don't believe for a second he actually said "He says he's grateful for the gift, but he wants "a piece of the pie" because the photo was posted online "without permission."
This doesn't detract from the kindness that the officer showed, nor does it make the officer's actions any less praiseworthy.
That being said, there's a reason why most big-city folks step right past homeless bums who are begging on the street, and it isn't necessarily because big city folks are a bunch of asshats, it's because most of us who live in the larger urban areas have learned through the school of hard knocks that giving gifts to homeless people is more often than not a futile gesture.
The cop should have bought him cheaper boots.
Sad to say, but my bets sold for booze or drugs.
My homeless uncle made a pretty good "living" from nice folks. People would give him everything from clothes to bicycles. One sucker bought him an extensive, high quality tool set because my uncle gave him a line about getting a job as a maintenance man. It all went to booze....hell his nightly sleeping spot was behind a liquor store.
Reminds me of the time I found a homeless man begging for food. I felt bad for him and gave him a big bag of peanuts in shells that I kept in my car for snacking. I handed him the bag and he didn't say anything. I thought maybe he was just frightened/scared of me walking up to him. As I drive away and look in my rearview mirror, I see him dump out all the peanuts, crumple up the bag and toss it to the ground.
My second thought, after hearing this story, was that this bum was gonna get shanked by another one for those new kicks. Cheaper or second hand shoes that didn't attract attention would have been a better choice, but the fact is this guy has been walking barefoot for years; it's a part of his illness.
It is what it is.......can't help some people so let them struggle and be who they want to be.
If you've ever spent time around an urban area (just guessing, anywhere with a road named after Martin Luther King), you know a dozen cases just like this. You know the street people. You know their party spots. And you know better than to give them anything.
Or just bought him this outfit.
Bonus: Not only is he warm AND no one will bother wanting it. . .
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Think of how festive the streets of NYC would look!
wow, I can't believe it.