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    Great! Now let's all do something similar. Surely there are homeless people in your city. If you don't have anything physical to give, like money or clothing, sit down and talk with the person. The homeless are very lonely, and often abused.
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    It doesn't always have to be a homeless person. I think everyone knows at least one person that can use a little loving kindness. Shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor, cooking a meal for a single mom, or even helping a family member without expecting anything in return can be just as honorable.
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    @hwyangel That's the spirit! I did something like this during Sandy - checked in on all the elderly neighbors without power for 10 plus days and cooked meals. It felt good to being doing something worthwhile instead of bitching at the power company.
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    @hwyangel Doing things like this does more for the giver than the receiver. It makes you feel good to do the right thing. The world would be a better place if we all did this more often.
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    I like seeing stories like this. Being a cop is not an easy job and those who do it deserve our thanks. Too often we only see cops in action when something bad happens. Here's to you Officer Lawrence DePrimo. Thanks from all of us.
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    Thanks to the officer for caring and giving, but lets also give the store employee a little credit too, I heard on the news today the boots were $100, the store employee gave the officer the employee discount which made the boots $75.
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    Could it be behavior like this from NYPD helped them have that day without violent crime?

    Kinda appropro, we're entering December very soon, and there's a custom of mine I'd like to share. Ever since a fling with Buddhism in my youth I've made it a habit every December to never pass a beggar without dropping a dollar into their hands. I don't know if the money is immediately spent on alcohol, drugs, or feeding hungry kids and I don't care. The point for me is that I am, in a small way, giving that person a little more choice, a bit more control over their day. It seems to me that's about the best thing anyone can do for someone else.
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    Yes! Truly one of New York's finest.
    "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
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    @Keyjo
    No friend, no fire stolen. Those magnificent words belong to the Saviour of men. Amen.
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    I think the men and women in law inforcement are brave and often unappreciated. This officer's actions went above and beyond that, this was an act of extraordinary kindness that I am so glad was recorded.
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    Now this is Christian virtue. We should take note of what it means. Kindness, charity and love of fellow men. It gives me hope to see this.
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    I have always tried to help the less fortunate. Yes I've been down and out and always tried to teach my 2 boys that too. My oldest son has bought meals for the less fortunate and it makes me so proud. Hats off to u!
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    People might want to be careful about doing that. Mayor "Doom"burg may ban all kindness to homeless people. Especially since he has already banned giving food to the homeless, if it has not been checked for its nutritional value first.
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    I think that there should be a law similar to the "Good Samaritan" law that protects people who stop to help at accident scenes from lawsuits for food stores and restaurants that allow homeless people to take food that would otherwise be thrown away. A couple of years ago I made the mistake of telling a waitress that I was going to give my leftovers to a homeless vet I had met on the street outside their restaurant. They then refused to give me the doggy bag, citing Health Department rules and threatened to call the police when I demanded them. I asked the guy outside if he would mind eating after me, and he said "NO!" He was near skin and bones. So I gave him $20 bucks and gave the restaurant a rude hand gesture. To me it is a crime to see a man who survived the war in Iraq only to starve on the street surrounded by people who are throwing away edible food in locked dumpsters.
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    @Dan_Tien well they might get sick and die. (being facetious here). Don't understand the lack of common sense.
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    @Dan_Tien I used to do this all the time - back when they didn't move the homeless along to places unseen. Drove my husband crazy but I thought it was such a waste of food to throw in the trash and it helped someone who was hungry. I can't believe the waitress wouldn't give you a take away, sigh, I will never mention the reason why now that you've updated us.
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