Homeless Man Who Got Free Boots From Cop Now 'Wants His Cut' Of YouTube Attention
from the everyone-wants-a-cut dept
Ah, this is what you get when you build up ideas around the idea that every bit of content must be “owned.” You may have heard the somewhat heartwarming story last week of NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo, seeing a homeless man in NYC without any shoes on, buying the man some boots and giving them to him. Without either man being aware of it, a tourist from Arizona, Jennifer Foster, saw this happening and took a photo of the situation.
That said, a reporter for the NY Times caught up with the homeless man in question, Jeffrey Hillman, who hasn’t received quite as much attention, only to find that he’s barefoot again, saying that the boots were now hidden for his own safety:
“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” Mr. Hillman said in an interview on Broadway in the 70s. “I could lose my life.”
From the interview, it appears that Mr. Hillman — who has been homeless for many years — may have plenty of other problems as well. However, in a moment of clarity… he put forth the kind of statement we’re used to hearing all the time around here:
“I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?” he said. “This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.”
This is what you get, folks, in a world where you tell everyone that idea, concept, image, etc. must be “owned.”