It’s about time we put the real criminals behind bars: old people trying to feed the homeless.
FT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – Recently, the City of Fort Lauderdale made a promise to criminally charge anyone who violates a new ordinance that, in a few words or less, outlaws groups from feeding the homeless in public. On Sunday, the city kept that promise, charging three people, including two ministers and a 90-year-old man. So basically they arrested a bunch of hardcore thugs.
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old man who loves to help the less fortunate, spends time to prepare hundreds of meals each week for homeless in the kitchen of the Sanctuary Church. At every feeding, Abbott says he serves two entrees.
Now, Abbott faces 60 days in jail and a possible $500 fine for feeding the homeless in the city.
“One of the police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as If I was carrying a weapon,” Abbott said.
Abbott has had a rough history with the law in regards to the homeless. In 1999, Abbott had to sue the city for banning him from feeding homeless people on the beach, a lawsuit which he won.
“I’m going to have to go to court again to sue the city of Fort Lauderdale, the beautiful city. These are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing. Don’t have a roof over their head, and who could turn them away?” Abbott asked.
Although he had the best intentions, Mayor Seller stands by the decision to arrest Abbott.
Despite his arrest, Abbott is planning on feeding the homeless again Wednesday. He said he doesn’t want to be arrested, but he’s prepared for the possibility.