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Homeless man walks 29 miles to courthouse in freezing cold

Homeless Man Walks 29 Miles To Courthouse In Freezing Temperatures
An Atlanta homeless man walked 29 miles in freezing temperatures to make his court appearance.

He had totaled his car and needed to pay a parking ticket. HLN says the man, named James, started walking at 1:00 a.m. The trip took him more than eight hours -- and his public defender never showed up in court.

James, who did not wish to show his face on camera, said he knew if he ever stopped to take a break during the long walk he would never start up again. 'As soon as the air hit my lungs, it took my breath away,' he said. 'No I'm not crazy, just dedicated.'

WSB-TV says police officers were so impressed that they paid the $80 cab fee to take him back to the shelter he stays in.

This took place on January 7th. The morning temperature was 6 degrees, but the wind chill made the air feel like 10 degrees below zero. That was the coldest it's been in Atlanta since February 1996.

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mary humbles January 10 2014 at 6:12 PM

what a special man

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mawmawlentz January 10 2014 at 10:47 PM

Ww seem to judge those less fortunate than we are... I am soooo thankful a Police Officer
was there to help him out God bless him.... We seem to put homeless people down saying
" get a job, get a life, you can help yoursef; but these men and woman have tried to do all
of the above, ok, not all of them but many have gone through the pain, sorrow, struggles
of life and just need a helping hand... We are God's hands, feet, eyes and ears... Please
help those who are needy and if people beg and have money. home and friends, God is
the one and only judge,, not us!!!! God bless all of you......

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sunon mawmawlentz January 11 2014 at 12:10 AM

see, you're talking like a socialist now, according to many on the far right when all you're really talking is humanitarianism.

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allytoo January 10 2014 at 10:55 PM

Very nice of them but why not drive him back to the shelter and give him the $80?

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leiruy allytoo January 10 2014 at 10:59 PM

Exactly my thoughts

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chaparita0728 allytoo January 10 2014 at 11:16 PM

They are officers. They may have still been on duty.

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sumercarboni1 January 10 2014 at 5:40 PM


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kazz23 January 10 2014 at 5:39 PM

If I was the judge, I would have just thrown the ticked out. Consider it paid.

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efree70371 January 10 2014 at 5:37 PM

That homeless man is a hero.

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eeverettm January 10 2014 at 5:32 PM

It's freezing cold, the man is homeless and the courthouse couldn't give him a grace period.
Are we lacking common sense or a sense of decency in this country?

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DJ eeverettm January 10 2014 at 5:50 PM


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geotr3 January 10 2014 at 5:30 PM

People tend to forget that cops are people too, with feelings and emotions. Way to go guys and girls.

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bwess8 January 10 2014 at 5:30 PM

I would hope the judge cut him some slack for a traffic ticket
so he didn't have to come back.

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mc84414 January 10 2014 at 5:24 PM


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