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Old 11-29-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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You have to like what NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo did for a barefoot man in Manhattan one frigid night this month. In fact, more than 260,000 Facebook users have "liked" DePrimo's actions, a number that's growing every day.

After a tourist from Arizona snapped a photo of DePrimo, of Holbrook, giving the man socks and boots to ward off the cold, the image became an instant hit on the NYPD's Facebook page.

As of late Wednesday, the photo had been shared 47,716 times, boosting subscribers to the department's 5-month-old page by 7,000, to 95,000, officials said.

"I had two pairs of wool winter socks and combat boots, and I was cold," DePrimo, 25, said Wednesday, recalling the night of Nov. 14, when he encountered an unidentified, shoeless man on the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue near 44th Street.

DePrimo offered to get him socks and shoes.

"I never had a pair of shoes," the man replied, according to DePrimo, who's assigned to the Sixth Precinct and has been on the force nearly three years.

The officer walked to a Skechers store on 42nd Street and shelled out $75 for insulated winter boots and thermal socks. He returned to the man, knelt down and put the footwear on him.

"He smiled from ear to ear," DePrimo said. "It was like you gave him a million dollars."

The officer asked the man if he wanted a cup of coffee, but he graciously declined and went on his way.

"I didn't think anything of it," DePrimo said of his generosity.

But during dinner that night, he got a text message from a friend. The photo had gone viral.

"I was absolutely shocked," he said. ___
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:26 AM   #7
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Is this story moving because we see that homeless people are human too or that the police are humans too?
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I lol'd.

But on a serious note, much respect for the cop.
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CNN just said that the NYPD posted it on their facebook page



so this seems like some nypd propaganda more than anything else
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Is this story moving because we see that homeless people are human too or that the police are humans too?
i think it's moving that someone who's less fortunate is being helped by someone who took the time to care.

side note: i've offered to buy timmies for a homeless person that was opening doors for change in dt last winter and he declined and said he wanted money instead of a meal =\
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I think people in the USA and Canada fear cops on top of the racial profiling and racial tension that goes on there on a daily basis... to me this scene is like a an Obama change, helping hand hope, that everyone would like to see but in reality will never happen as long as the "democracies" stay puppet states.
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i think it's moving that someone who's less fortunate is being helped by someone who took the time to care.

side note: i've offered to buy timmies for a homeless person that was opening doors for change in dt last winter and he declined and said he wanted money instead of a meal =\
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some of these people just need money so that they can pay for their overnight housing. although most just need it for drugs...
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some of these people just need money so that they can pay for their overnight housing. although most just need it for drugs...
i know and because of the latter reason, i prefer to offer items or food... though i'm more than happy to pay for their overnight stay if that's what they want the money for.
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