Recently, a photo of an NYPD cop, Larry DePrimo, giving a homeless man boots went viral. The picture was taken by a tourist, and it captures DePrimo bending down next to a barefoot homeless man on a frigid night after giving him a pair of boots and warm socks. Apparently, moments before the tourist snapped the photo, DePrimo had gone into a nearby Skechers store and shelled out $75 for insulated winter boots and thermal socks. After the police officer gave the man the gifts, he said, "I never had a pair of shoes." DePrimo, 25, offered to buy him a cup of coffee, as well, but he declined, and walked off smiling "ear to ear". A short while after he got home, DePrimo learned that what he'd done was being shared all over Facebook (as of late Wednesday, 47,716 times). And the NYPD's page skyrocketed from 7,000 subscribers to 95,000.
But DePrimo's good deed isn't the only random act of kindness to go viral -- which is proof that the Internet doesn't completely suck.
A few weeks ago, a group of people who were visiting Savannah, Georgia noticed that a stranger had taped up another stranger's car window after it started raining, along with the note, "Didn't want your car to get wet! Have a nice day!"
And if you really want to get the warm and fuzzies, take a leisurely jaunt on over to BuzzFeed, where they have an incredibly heartwarming list of random acts of kindness that have made their way around the Internet.
Because they've gone viral, these random acts of kindness are two-fold. One, it helps restore our faith in humanity in general, and two, it helps restore our faith in, well, the Internet.
The Internet really can be a god-awful place at times. Nasty comments being made; name-calling; harassing. All in all, it's a lawless wasteland, where anything goes, and you typically don't feel very good after you log off. But without the web, we wouln't be privy to these good deeds -- and we wouldn't necessarily feel inspired to maybe pay it forward?
The comments after each report of what DePrimo did are genuinely sweet and loving and -- at least to my knowledge -- there's no rude statements in sight. It makes you think: Maybe there aren't just good people in the world; maybe there are good people ... on the Internet? Hmph.
Do you feel like you're always coming across nasty comments online?
Image via NYPD Facebook