The homeless man who was given a pair of boots by a New York City Police Department officer was grateful for them, but ultimately chose to go barefoot.
A photo that was captured by a passerby and sent to the NYPD’s Facebook page went viral and netted praise for Officer Lawrence DePrimo, who gave the boots to the man on Nov. 14.
As of Sunday night, Jeffrey Hillman, the man who received the $100 boots, was walking around in Manhattan’s Upper West Side without any shoes, reported The New York Times.
“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” Hillman told the Times Sunday. “I could lose my life.”
Hillman, an Army veteran, added, “I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get? This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.”
But he stressed there should be “more people” like Officer DePrimo “in the world.”
Over the weekend, the homeless man’s brother, Kirk Hillman, said he was shocked to see his brother on the front page of the New York Post.
“The last time we heard from him was maybe a year ago on New Year’s Day,” Kirk Hillman’s wife, Tish, told the Post.
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