After reading this news you are sure to ask yourself the question: What is wrong with the World today ?
Arnold Abbott’s, a 90-year-old Florida man, on a mission to feed the homeless and he won’t let a newly enacted law in Fort Lauderdale stand in his way. He has been called a hero for opposing new restrictions on feeding the homeless outdoors.
Abbott’s been cited with a criminal violation 3 times since the city’s ban on “public food sharing”.
The new laws say that organisations wishing to feed the homeless must do so at designated feeding sites, or must provide portable restrooms and running water. Abbott, who has fed the hungry at the beach on Wednesdays for eight years, refuses to comply.
During his first ban on feeding homeless on the beach back in 1999 he had battled the city’s ban on feeding homeless on the beach and won. He wrote on his Facebook page that an officer told him to “’Drop that plate immediately.’ As though it were a weapon.”
“I appreciate all of your concern for my safety, but I have faced the Klu Klux Klan on many occasions, and I have no fear of spending the night in a Fort Lauderdale jail,” Abbott wrote on Facebook. “I thank you all, and I pray that we all stay strong. We shall prevail!”
Violators of the rule can face 60 days in jail or a $500 fine. The penalties don’t frighten Abbott. Thousands of people have expressed support for Abbott online.
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