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Homeless man who walked 29 miles to court gets outpouring of support

Stranger Gives Money To Homeless Man Who Walked 29 Miles To Court

After an Atlanta homeless man named Ray Norman walked 29 miles in freezing temperatures to attend a court hearing (original story here), strangers are coming forward to help him.

A man named Joel Shapiro gave Norman $3,000, about $100 for every mile he walked. 'For anybody to have that much integrity, I just had to help him,' Shapiro said. He also plans to help Norman find a job.

Another woman dropped off money for the officers who paid the $80 cab fare to take Norman home after court on January 7th.

On that frigid day, Norman walked eight hours so that he wouldn't be late for his hearing about a parking ticket. When his public defender didn't show up, he turned around and started his walk home. Luckily, that's when the officers stepped in and got him a cab.


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damianxv1 January 15 2014 at 7:48 AM

Amazing integrity, also... how much of an a-hole would you feel like you are of you were the public defender that didnt show up when your client walked 8 hours and 29 miles to get to court and your lazy butt cant drive a few min to work...

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plewdawg January 15 2014 at 7:24 AM

A homeless man with a car that got a parking ticket and he WALKED 29 miles? Naw aint buying it.

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john&jan January 15 2014 at 7:09 AM

still hope in our country.nice story and good luck ray.

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lschck January 15 2014 at 6:58 AM

hard to believe the cops would help someone, especially in the south, where they shoot everyone

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oakleyseyrie January 15 2014 at 7:11 AM

Dumb remark......

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plewdawg January 15 2014 at 7:25 AM

Even harder to believe sheer ignorance is allowed here.

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Linda January 15 2014 at 6:29 AM

When someone is down on their luck it is as if the whole world is against them but see there are people still who have a heart. What a great story and I hope this homeless man finds work. Many people live pay check to pay check and many could find themselves in the same position very easily. It is nice to know people still do care about others in a world where it seems people only care about themselves. Nice story.

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georgechevrolet January 15 2014 at 2:58 AM

See, there are actually some people with heart still around. Hope that the homeless man uses his new found fame and small fortune wisely, they are few and far between, and it won't last long. Best to him and to those that are helping!

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jtrulyfree January 15 2014 at 2:49 AM

It is quite a treasure and pleasure to read of such good news of the good intent of a person and others, even the police helping when they did not need to do so..... In a small way to me this harkens back to the United States of many years a go when people helped each other and this is what made the United States great!

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THOMAS January 15 2014 at 2:15 AM

god bless this man.. i was homeless before.. had court dates.. walked and appeared.. god bless those who helped him out..

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svaughn369 January 15 2014 at 2:04 AM

Judge not lest ye be judged.

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t_sprayberry January 15 2014 at 1:50 AM

I believe this man had a vehicle according to the first time this story was presented. His vehicle got totalled. I imagine anyone without a vehicle would have a hard time getting back and forth to work and could lose their position with any job. However, I am unsure if this is his case as far as not having a job right now. The officer who took him home from the courts was given much praise when the story first come out. I couldn't find myself doing that. I had rather acknowledge the man who walked to the courts, if he had not showed then it could have been merciless for him. He was given much strength to get there. I'm glad the officer chose not to show up in that court room. Makes even better for the man. WE all need a little help sometimes and WE all need to realize not everyone is using people to take advantage of others. Lets put our selfish ways aside. If it had been you? How would you feel from the bad remarks people make? We need to be more careful how we judge others but then again WHO are we to judge or make false accusations against another? Blessing and peace be with you!

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