12/03/2012

Homeless man in NYPD viral photo wants 'piece of the pie'

The man, who remains barefoot, says the photo was circulated without his permission

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By J.D. Sumner
The Albany Herald

NEW YORK — Seriously? The homeless man who became the recipient of a $100 pair of boots thanks to the generosity of a New York City police officer wants a "piece of the pie" after he says the photo of the officer's act of kindness went viral without his permission.

The man, identified by the New York Times as Jeffrey Hillman of South Plainfield, N.J., told a Times reporter who found him wandering the streets of New York — barefoot again, mind you — that he has a claim because the photo was circulated without permission.

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