World’s Most Famous Shoeless Man is Shoeless Again [UPDATE]
Remember this homeless man who received a pair of boots from an NYPD police officer? He is back on the streets with…….. no shoes.
The homeless man who now famously received a new pair of boots from a New York police officer, in what became a nationally celebrated act of kindness, is once again walking the streets barefoot.
It seems that 54-year-old Jeffrey Hillman, of whom New York City Police Officer Larry DePrimo gave a pair of warm boots to, was spotted without shoes on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
When a New York Times reporter asked why, Hillman explained, “Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life.” He added, “I appreciate what the officer did, don’t get me wrong. I wish there were more people like him in the world.”
He also added that with all the attention the viral photo received on Facebook, he wanted “a piece of the pie“, because the photo was posted without his permission.
Quick, someone set this guy up with a free Facebook account and shift half of those “Likes”. I think 50% is a fair cut.
The New York Times has also learned a few more new things about our shoeless man. Hillamn once served as a U.S. Army until the early 1980s.
He also declared bankruptcy in New Jersey in 1993 and has been homeless in New York for most of the past decade.
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