Sip On This 3/28

olive garden receiptHere are the stories from today’s Sip On This. They include an update on that story about the cop who gave the homeless man new shoes, and a good deed done by a restaurant after a little girl tells them “grandpa’s house burned down” Read these stories after the jump!

Back in November, our ICY HEARTS were briefly thawed by the story of a New York cop who saw a homeless man sitting barefoot in Times Square, and spent $75 to buy him a brand new pair of shoes.  And a photo of the scene got 618,000 Facebook likes.

About two weeks later, our enthusiasm waned after reporters caught up with the homeless guy, 54-year-old Jeffrey Hillman, and hesaid he felt EXPLOITED, because he didn’t get a DIME from all the media attention the story was getting.

And now, our enthusiasm is GONE and our hearts are back to being icy and black.

On Sunday, a few “New York Post” reporters followed Jeffrey after he left Times Square  and watched him head right back to an apartment.  He was counting a huge stack of bills as he walked up.

When they confronted him, he admitted he ISN’T homeless.  He’s just a con man who poses as a homeless guy and makes HUNDREDS a day doing it.  At maybe $250 a day, 200 days a year, that makes it a $50,000-a-year, TAX-FREE job.

And as for the shoes he got from the cop, Jeffrey admitted he owns at least 30 pairs of shoes and boots.

Over the weekend, a family went to an Olive Garden in Vernon Hills, Illinois.  And the three-year-old girl told their server, quote, “Grandpa’s house burned down.”

It was true.  Her grandpa’s house HAD just had a serious fire.  And the Olive Garden decided to lift the family’s spirits by COMPING THEIR ENTIRE MEAL.

The girl’s dad posted the receipt on Reddit on Tuesday night and, of course, people immediately speculated it was a FAKE PR STUNT . . . because people are horribly cynical.  But it wasn’t, the receipt is real and this really happened.

A rep from Olive Garden says, quote, “We are always looking for ways to surprise and delight our guests, and this was one of the ways the Olive Garden team in Vernon Hills did that last weekend.”

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