I wrote a pretty good book for people who are interested in New York City.
The book is called:
New York City Sucks, But You'll Want To Come Here Anyway
(If something 'sucks' it is bad.)
Here's the link on amazon. It's very inexpensive, so please buy it if you want to work on your vocabulary. :) http://www.amazon.com/York-Sucks-Youll-Wanna-Anyway-ebook/dp/B004TSPAQS
I wrote a new, little chapter for the book. It is called: Don't give money to beggars!
I hope you like it:
(underlined words are defined after the reading passage)
So the cop realized that there was a shoe store right next to where the guy was lying and he decided to do a good deed. He asked the man what his shoe size was, then he went into the store and bought a pair of beautiful boots for the homeless man. He paid over $100 of his hard earned money for those boots.
Apparently a couple journalists didn’t think the situation made sense either because they began looking for the homeless guy who got the free shoes. They wanted to ask him a few questions. And, in fact, one journalist found the guy near Columbia University – walking around with no shoes on his feet again!
He would deliberately sit on the sidewalk without shoes and socks because this made him look more pitiful and, therefore, people would be more likely to give him money.
It all made sense now. This is why he was literally lying right outside of a shoe store. He wanted someone to feel sorry for him and buy him a pair of expensive shoes, so that he could take the shoes back later and get a refund. So, basically, the cop got scammed. He wasn’t a hero, he was a guy who got taken advantage of by a shady fake homeless guy who was already getting lots of free stuff from the tax payers.
to do a good deed - to do something good for someone; a deed is an action. For example: I saw an elderly woman who was having trouble carrying her groceries, so I did a good deed and helped her carry her bags home.
suffering from a psychological disorder - if a person has any type of illness, physical or psychological, we can say he/she is 'suffering' from this illness. i.e. Where is Joe today? Oh, he's suffering from a cold. he won't be back to work until next week. i.e. Did you hear that Bob's father suffered a heart attack yesterday? i.e. I have been suffering from a headache this afternoon.
deliberately - if someone does something deliberately, he chooses to do it, he does not do it accidentally
pitiful - if a person is pitiful he/she is in a bad situation that makes you feel sorry for that person