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LAPD to deliver thousands of seized knockoff sneakers to the homeless [Updated]

In the season of giving, authorities have come up with a way to help the homeless through items they have confiscated: about 10,000 pairs of counterfeit athletic shoes.

The shoes, which include knockoff Nike and Adidas sneakers minus the labels, were seized for trademark infringement by the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-piracy unit.

Beginning tonight, the LAPD, working in conjunction with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, plans to distribute the sneakers to 1,800 residents at the Union Rescue Mission downtown, as well as at several winter homeless shelters in Culver City, Glendale, downtown and West Los Angeles.

[Updated at 2:33 p.m.: A rescue mission official now says the shoes will be distributed Monday.]

"It's a very timely Christmas present," said Andy Bales, chief executive of the rescue mission. "Shoes and socks are one of the biggest concerns for people who are experiencing homelessness."

The gift was made possible by a new law that allows authorities to donate counterfeit goods to groups that help the homeless, provided they get approval from the owner of the trademark, said city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan.  

The LAPD will distribute the shoes beginning tonight at the Union Rescue Mission after the traditional Christmas Eve steak dinner, Bales said. The mission will get a total of 5,000 pairs, and the remainder will be delivered next month to a shelter partnership to be distributed over the course of the year, Mateljan said.

-- Andrew Blankstein
 
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FINALLY! One micro-spark display of humanity and intelligence in the tired and worn annuals of human behavior. Truly an up Christmas story. Kudos LAPD and city attorney's office.
Now, back to the insanity, slaughter, mayhem, discordance, thieving, callousness, self-absorption and genocide typically expected in the 'news'.

Well done to Nike and Adidas as well as the LAPD and the City Attorney's office.

This is the kinda story we should be hearing about throughout the year...
what is it that can help these people that are homeless...
thank you ...
thank you.

Good work! Great idea!! 5,000 people are wearing new sneakers tonight -- warmer and dryer than their old footwear. Imagine how great this must feel for them to receive such a nice gift right now.

Let's keep this going! Tell the bureaucrats, lawyers, politicians and corporate execs how nice it is to see some intelligence and compassion, instead of the usual finger-pointing and "He did it, she did it" type attitude!!!

Excellent article!!!

Why are you praising Nike and Adidas?! They didn't do anything except make a product that people covet... They didn't contribute anything to this endeavor. That comment really highlights how poorly people read the news. Ugh.

Did Nike and Adidas agree to this because now they will still be victimized since the hobos won't buy or steal new shoes made by Nike or Adidas...I think the City Attorney and LAPD officials should pay the cost of new shoes to the companies...

Excellent idea ! Instead of all those confiscated items just taking up storage space take it all out and put it to use.. hopefully other properties can be used in this way too... That's the heart not the badge we see pined to their uniforms really shinning !

Your new "share this" set up sucks. As to the article....how much you wanna bet the LAPD screws this up? They are trying to arrest and jail homeless people just for being homeless, not help them.

This just provides advertising for the stinking crooks selling these knock-offs. The shoes should be destroyed and if the L.A.P.D. wants to give the homeless new shoes, those shoes should be the real thing. Happy Christmas to All.

Um, Joe? Nike and Adidas had to allow the shoes to be donated. Had they said no this would not be happening.

Ugh indeed.

Happy Holidays all, and well done to all involved in this effort

whats about all the other confiscated counterfeit clothing items? there's gotta be a ton of that too. govenator arnold should be right there handing out foot massages!!!

This was made possible by a bill passed by Gil Cedillo, which allows donations of these knockoffs to charity as long as the companies whose products are knocked off consent.

The city attorney's office is just carrying out this legislation, and the LAPD is doing the legwork. Hopefully the time won't end up costing us but anyway, it's a good idea, one that should have been thought of earlier. The same should extend to clothing and toys for kids, too.

This is horrible no wonder these worthless parasites continue to be homeless!!! We feed and cater to these animals its no wonder they continue to be drug abusers and commit crimes??? We should just put them to sleep like we do for cats and dogs?


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