A homeless man in New York City received an early Christmas present this year as a NYPD officer bought him a pair of shoes. The officer discovered the homeless man who was barefoot while patrolling his Times Square beat.
Officer Larry DePrimo noticed the man on that cold night and immediately walked into the Skechers store. DePrimo then purchased a pair of boots that were priced $100. A store employee gave the officer his store discount so that the boots would be cheaper.
The officer ended up paying $75 for the pair of boots. He then gave the boots to the man to help keep his feet warm.
A visitor to the city from Florence, Arizona witness the moment and was quick enough to capture the amazing act of kindness with her cell phone. Jennifer Foster took the time to email the photo to the NYPD who then subsequently posted it on their Facebook page.
The photo and the actions of DePrimo went viral on the internet on Wednesday as 1.6 million people looked at the Facebook post. The post also received 350,000 “likes” and 85,000 “shares”.
The giving young man lives with his parents on Long Island and joined the police force two years ago. DePrimo, 25 said that the homeless man was “the most polite gentleman I had met”.
Seeing the man’s face light up when he saw the boots was a great feeling DePrimo said especially since his own feet were freezing that night and he had on two pairs of socks. He couldn’t walk away from the man who was barefoot.
DePrimo said he never got the man’s name. He offered the man a cup of coffee, but “as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post,” DePrimo said.
If anyone would look inside DePrimo’s boots, they would find the Skechers receipt. Officer Larry DePrimo said he keeps it there so that he will always remember that “sometimes people have it worse.”
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