NEW YORK - A tourist's snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.
Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Arizona, posted a picture of Officer Larry DePrimo giving the man the all-weather boots and socks on a frigid night in Times Square on Nov. 14.
The image became an instant hit on the NYPD's Facebook page. As of Thursday morning, more than 320,000 users "liked" his generosity and more than 78,000 had "shared" it.
DePrimo tells Newsday the homeless man said he'd never had a pair of shoes. He says the man "smiled from ear to ear. It was like you gave him a million dollars."
From the NYPD Facebook page:
"Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square with her husband Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. She writes, 'Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put