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Old March 28th, 2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Remember the story about the NYPD cop that bought the "homeless guy" boots?

the cop got scammed.



So it now turns out that Jeffrey Hillman, the barefoot beggar who famously received a free pair of boots from a big-hearted police officer, not only has an apartment but pockets as much as several hundred dollars a day while pretending to be homeless.

Hillman freely admitted as much to a team of Post reporters who followed him home on the subway Sunday — and then watched as he calmly counted a huge wad of bills. Not to mention that he seems to be the Imelda Marcos of the streets, with at least 30 pairs of shoes and boots.

Most New Yorkers will doubtless be disappointed to learn that the inspiring tale of a police officer’s kindness to a man in distress would have such a cynical denouement. Few, however, will be surprised. Even so, there is a moral to this story that is especially timely.

The beggar whose charade spurred Officer Larry DePrimo's act of kindness is a fraud.

New York is a generous city, at both the individual and government level. In addition to private charity, those in need can count on a whole raft of services, from shelter to food to rent subsidies and Medicaid. Our guess is that most New Yorkers are more than willing to pay so long as their dollars go to help people truly in distress.

Hillman reminds us how easy it is to exploit generosity. His scam seems to have been directed at passers-by who take pity on a man who goes about Midtown pretending to be barefoot, poor and homeless. His example reminds us why it is important for the city to ensure that its own assistance is not exploited by those who don’t need it.

For in addition to the needy, New York also has a whole class of politicians and activists quick to denounce City Hall as cruel and heartless (and to sue) whenever it takes reasonable measures to weed out the deserving from the undeserving.

When the NYPD’s Larry DePrimo bought those now-famous boots, he represented the best of this city. People such as Jeffrey Hillman remind us that when the greedy take advantage, there’s more cynicism about giving — and less help to go around for those truly in need.




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Old March 28th, 2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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I called this, he was back out without the boots on a couple days later.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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Didnt all that info come out less than a week after it happened?
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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There's a guy in holland that makes a killing off of the idiots around here.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 09:54 AM   #5
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And this is why I don't give to beggers.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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I learned my lesson after a few homeless/poor people took advantage of me. Not again
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Old March 30th, 2013, 10:26 AM   #7
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Yep. It happened to me in Daytona a few weeks ago. Guy gave me a long sob story about being $8 short on the cost of the room and the kids are starving, yada yada yada. He didn't look like a bum and I was pretty drunk sitting by the pool at this time so I gave him a $10. He thanked me and told me he had faith in humanity again and walked away. The next night I was sitting by the pool drinking beer again and here he comes... Going car to car asking everyone that was getting ready to check in for money. I yelled to him 'Hey, where is that hat you said you we're going to bring me?' He bolted. Fukcing scammers.
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There is a whole team of those assholes working in Lansing. They stand at intersections all over town claiming to be broke homeless people. They are just a ring of scammers and people continue to give them money every day. They take turns on different street corners. Fuck 'em.
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when i was a kid living on long island i saw a homeless looking guy begging for money
next day i was in the arcade guess who was there with a fat bank roll playing a game.
i will never give money to a person begging for it just because of that
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There is a whole team of those assholes working in Lansing. They stand at intersections all over town claiming to be broke homeless people. They are just a ring of scammers and people continue to give them money every day. They take turns on different street corners. Fuck 'em.
We had a guy who went by 'big tony' who would come around the MInistry houses (at MSU) every 3 or 4 years. He knew what he was doing. Has been doing it for probably 15 years on and off.
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