Barefoot homeless guy apparently has apartment, 30 pairs of shoes1 hr ago
Jeffrey Hillman, better known as "the guy in that viral photo that a cop gave all those shoes and socks to," was recently profiled by the New York Post counting a stack of bills on the way back from "work" in Times Square. The Rev. John Graf, who says he pays Hillman's utility bills, admits that Hillman has 30 pairs of shoes in his Bronx apartment and has been "working the streets … for years," reportedly making up to $1,000 a day. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly offers the most levelheaded take on this news: "That's life in New York. ... But it was a generous act of kindness." He's right: Let's focus on the good in people, not the bad.
I read the above article and was immediately pissed at the fact that this so called homeless man is not homeless. He has an apartment in NYC? I'm sorry, but as a homeless man sleeping in a storage unit, where does he get off duping people? But he's not alone! Even here in Austin, TX, there are a lot of people who take advantage of the kindness of strangers to bring in a few hundred dollars a day, and maintain a place to live.
Thus the question is: Why should I be pissed at someone who is working the system for their benefit?
The answer is not easy to explain. I guess I am tired of the people who scam the system to make money. I get that we are a culture now of easy money, hell we have been that way since the 80's at least. Work as little as possible and make as much as possible at the same time. We see this in so many ways; politicians, movie stars, athletes, reality TV stars, etc.
I tend to believe that if you work hard, you will succeed. But, I have to be honest, it's getting harder to believe that's true. Is it?
I would love comments on this. Is working hard and being rewarded fairly a thing of the past?
Life goes on...I go on?