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A 90-year-old man is facing up to 60 days in jail for feeding the needy due to a new law that bans people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from meal-sharing with the public.

Arnold Abbott risks being fined $500 and spending time in prison after police officers apprehended him while he was handing out meals to homeless people in a park on Sunday.

He was arrested and charged along with two ministers from the Sanctuary Church, which prepares hundreds of meals to dish out every week in their kitchen, while onlookers shouted to officers "shame on you!"

Mr Abbott said: "One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon."

He added: "These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing, they don't have a roof over their heads. How do you turn them away?"

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Charity is now a crime. Compassion is a crime. What does that say about our society? SMH
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which has absolutely nothing to do with bigotry, and while we're on the subject, you define the term ignorance, sweetheart:)
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i wont be saying because I don't feel it. sorry 'bout your luck:)
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You don't have to say it, your bigoted, hateful comments speak for themselves.
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I'm hateful toward those that are hateful toward me----you cant take it? don't give it out.
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Bless your heart. I guess everyone on this thread made you make that hateful comment about Republicans.

No dear we just responded to it. You reap what you sow.
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I made that comment because it fit, sweetheart.
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LOL! You made that comment because you are a bigot and we both know it.
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I don't have to say anything you open your nasty clap trap and the ignorance comes out.

(edit) **** Looks like even you can't defend your own ignorance.

Here let me define ignorance for you.

nasty clap trap ignorance edit lmao defend ignorance define ignorance

sodahead blockers
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Or Democrats. Equally Evil.
Democrats try to drive away our small church's from helping homeless. They did minimal until the little church's stepped in with volunteers, then tried to force the church and old motel used for homeless housing to close.
https://www.youtube.com/watch...
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how do you turn them away? Why, by being a republican, of course!
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riiiiiiiiight........
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It was democrats that made caring for the poor illegal.
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The mayor of the town is a Democrat. That is a city law.
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This typical of republicons or Right Wingnuts who hide behind the teaching of Jesus. There was a republicon mayor in some city that went around with a baseball bat and busted up shopping carts of the homeless.

Typical republicons or Right Wingnut's mentality - They just need to get a ***! You find one thing in the teachings of Jesus that lines up with a republicon or Right Wingnuts - I dare you!
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LOL another LWNJ Too bad for you but the Mayor that signed this into law is a LWNJ just like you.

loser
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America's Ruling Class - And the Perils of Revolution

Angelo M Codevilla
http://spectator.org/articles...
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Wow! Nicely written article. Excellent
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Way to make a fool of yourself, the Mayor who signed the ordinance into law is a Democrat.

Is it OK with you now? Go ahead say it "screw those homeless people"

loser
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There may be a special place in **** for people who prevent good deeds.
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Who still believes that government hasn't gotten too big or intrusive?
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Don't worry, we will get another chance to vote for different masters in a few years, who will serve the same boss that the masters that we have now serve. (GREED)
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It is the people and the local government in Fort Lauderdale, Florida's fault. If the law was voted on by the people than it falls on the people for voting for it. If it was a law created by the mayor, then the people need to speak up to their mayor and if he/she does not listen make sure he/she listens on the next voting day.

People whine and cry about ridiculous laws, ordinances and so on, but do they ever step foot in their own city hall? Do they ever write a single letter to their local politicians? Do they start a petition? Do they do anything other then whine about it online? In most cases no. Or they whine about how it wouldn't help anyway, even though they have not lifted a finger to even make an attempt. Government has the power; because, the people are too lazy, too afraid, too ignorant or just don't care until after the damage is done.
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disgusting. shame on florida
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what kind of town has a law like that on the books and cops who enforce it? He is willing to help his fellow man and gets punished?? must be a democratic town. Sounds like NY.
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Can't help it but just sometime you just have to say it fffffuuuuucccccckkkkkk ssssssaaaaaaakkkkkkeeeeee
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Who in the **** put this law on the books?
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I HATE BROWARD COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
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The problem is that Obama, increasingly focused only on the golf course, is disengaged in the governing of America.

Frustrated with gridlock in Congress, Obama declared earlier this year that he would use his executive power to circumvent lawmakers on climate change and the minimum wage paid to federal contractors, as well as on immigration. That didn’t help his party yesterday and some, including Vice President Joe Biden, have signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans.

The irony does not stop there, because the biggest beneficiary of the Obama administration and the split Congress so far has been the 1%, by way of the S&P; 500 rising relentlessly in the fact of bad or good news. That rise continued overnight.

U.S. equity-index futures rose, the dollar strengthened and precious metals fell. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures advanced 0.4 percent at 10:03 a.m. in London, signaling the gauge will approach a record. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed to its highest level since April 2009. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index jumped 1 percent.

Well, the economy may not get better but at least the rich will get a little richer as the charade continues.
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They were probably Democrats. They hate Christians trying to help people.
People might think they really are not evil.
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Did they have Food preparers licenses? Did they have Health certificates.. Did they have a food distribution license? Go get what is required by law and they wont have any problems...I know it is a shame that there are poor and those that wont help themselves.. However what happens if they accidently poison some of them with tainted food??
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I'm sure they would go to the closest hospital and whip out their 0bamacare card and all will be rainbows and unicorns.

Have you ever seen a roadside BBQ for charity, they don't need to get a food prep license or an inspection by the health dept. This law is specifically passed to discourage the homeless from the Ft. Lauderdale area, it has NOTHING to do with food safety.
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Thank *** they got that dangerous criminal off the streets.
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That is the kind of law that people should be against it and protest about. How somebody can be punished for feeding hungry people, it does not make any sense and then among all the people that were doing it they arrested a 90 years old man...that is even worse.
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Greedy power-hungry liberals, so much for caring about the poor.
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You're quite a liar and bigot. Oh and it's liberals that hide behind the bible and religion, do the research.
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