Hello fellow HONY readers!
My name is Max, I live in Brooklyn, NY, and like you, have been following HONY for years. The immediate response for the 6/28/14 HONY story of a man who had his bagpipes stolen and was subsequently jailed for selling teddy bears was overwhelming. So, we've decided to come together and buy the man some new bagpipes. The average price for bagpipes is between $1300 and $1500 dollars. Any money raised in excess will be given as a donation.
This was the caption for the June 28th HONY photo:
"I built this book cart after my bagpipes got stolen, because I couldn't afford a new set of bagpipes, and I needed to support myself. I used to sell teddy bears too. But one day last year, three undercover policeman showed up and took me to jail. It was just like a TV show-- one was dressed like a rapper, the other like a hooker, and the other like a tourist. They said you need a permit to sell manufactured goods. You're allowed to sell art, just not manufactured goods. I tried to tell them that my teddy bears were art because I dressed them and customized them. But all they said was: 'You're going to jail.' I had to spend 2 days in jail. The judge threw out the case. But they never gave me back my teddy bears."
CONTACT: GoFundMe advised me against publicizing my email address, but there's a way to contact me through this page! Be sure to reach out with any questions/suggestions!
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