posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 02:50 PM
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Empathy for the homeless, the ill and all in between is a great thing and sorely lacking in society.
The media sensationalizing a simple act and having a press conference after the fact is a circus that helps no one.
I personally feel that this was a photo-op to get some good press for the NYPD, which usually ends up portrayed in the opposite light in the media.
I don't think this man asked the officer for the boots and the person who took the photo is alleged to have a connection to the police department.
All of that is suspect if true, and not really the fault of the guy who ended up with new shoes.
One circus begets another and in the end nobody is better off than they were when it all started.
This is one of many threads on the subject, and judging by the responses, the fact that this man is not homeless (which in all fairness he never said
he was) or has a criminal past seems to justify a particular sentiment regarding helping anyone that seems to be in need or on the streets.
"See! This is why I don't help them! They're all liars!"
I live next to a vet that gets assistance too, and I can tell you that he lives on a SLIM budget. He dresses very poorly, smells terrible, and is in a
bad state mentally. He does ask me to buy him small items from time to time and I have picked him up from the hospital at the request of his social
worker, but he insists on paying me back. If I say it's cool, he gets irate.
He's a very difficult person to deal with but the guy actually fought in WW2 and now looks like he should be in a shanty town somewhere. I personally
think whatever assistance he is getting isn't enough. The assumption here is that assistance means you should be rolling in the green and that just
isn't the case. He gets the bare minimum.
But he DOES have an apartment....so I guess to some that means he must be good to go and I should be rolling my eyes when he asks me for some monetary
Whatever...I'm done with this story.