Sunday, December 02, 2012

Homeless guy wants a piece of the pie...

Remember that homeless guy in NYC? Officer Larry DePrimo bought him a pair of warm socks and boots when he found him barefoot outside on a cold night. The homeless guy now identified as Jeffrey Hillman is once again in the news. Here's an excerpt from the new story:
"His name is Jeffrey Hillman, and on Sunday night, he was once again wandering the streets — this time on the Upper West Side — with no shoes. 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.” 

So my guess is he either hid them or sold them. What homeless person couldn't use $100 in his or her pocket? After some thinking, I'm starting to believe Hillman would have been better off just being directed to a homeless shelter for the night instead of getting a new pair of boots. What Officer DiPrimo did was a great thing but really, did any of us expect Hillman would be walking around in those boots the next day? He wouldn't...if he was hungry...or valued his life. Just think too, if he hadn't received those boots, he wouldn't have gotten all this unwanted attention that he's struggling with. 

Now, Hillman wants, as he says, "a piece of the pie".  Geez, just another person who wants something for doing nothing. If that's the case, maybe he should get his own reality show.

Anyway, if Hillman gets his "piece of the pie" what do you think he's going to do with it? 

For starters, I think he should reimburse Officer DiPrimo for those boots.


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