I realize that when laws are set, people are “expected” to obey them. I am not one who promotes violating laws, but in this instance the treatment that this one man gets seems so unnecessary. Arnold Abbott is a good hearted soul (and he is 90 years old). He may not have many years left on this planet but he still wants to make the most of his life. He is on a mission to feed the homeless in Fort Lauderdale and he won’t let a newly enacted law stop him. On October 22 the city placed a ban on “public food sharing” and since then Mr. Abbott has been cited for criminal violations 3 times. He is more than prepared to go to jail. The law carries penalties of up to 60 days in jail and a $300 fine. Here is the actual link:
As I have said, I firmly believe in respecting the law. However, this man is 90 years old and the more the city cracks down on him the more fame and popularity they will lend to his cause. Each time they cite him they will only unleash a bigger blemish on the image of the city. A 90 year old man who is engaging in a helpful activity should not have to be placed behind bars. He won’t survive spending a long time incarcerated and in his mind he is only doing what he believes is God’s will. With all the “real” criminals out there that deserve to be locked up the city is wasting its time and money subjecting this old man to prison. I already know they can find a way to make an exception for this man and allow him to continue feeding the homeless if they choose to do so. Laws are necessary, but laws need to be thought out before implementing. Feeding the homeless should never be a crime (unless someone taints or poisons the food). I fully stand behind Mr. Abott’s cause and I hope others will also. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Whispers and Brett Jolly in concert