Last week, America gushed over the generosity of an NYPD officer who bought a shoeless homeless man a pair of boots. Those boots are now MIA, and the homeless recipient is shoeless yet again — and looking for a “piece of the pie.”
The man was identified over the weekend as Jeffrey Hillman, formerly of South Plainfield, New Jersey. When he was spotted North of Times Square — about 30 blocks away from the Skechers store where Officer Larry DePrimo dropped $75 for a pair of boots — Hillman’s new boots were gone.
“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” Hillman told the New York Times. “I could lose my life.”
“I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?” he continued. “This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.”
Hillman has been in New York for 10 years, the majority of which he’s spent living on the streets. He’s a former military vet with two adult children. He hasn’t been in contact with them in about three years, he told the newspaper.
DePrimo, on the other hand, has asked for no “pie” for his selfless act — and all he’s received thus far is a set of NYPD cufflinks.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 3, 2012