It’s the second time in four days that 90-year-old activist Arnold Abbott, owner of a culinary school and the “Love Thy Neighbor Fund” in Fort Lauderdale, was cited by the police for serving food to the homeless. A newly-minted measure means that serving food to the homeless is a violation in Fort Lauderdale.
NPR reports that since 2010, there has been a 47% increase in the number of cities that have passed or introduced legislation to restrict food sharing.
Sun Sentinel writes,
“The ordinance that the city commission passed in a past-midnight vote Oct. 22 limits where outdoor feeding sites can be located, requires the permission of property owners, and says the groups have to provide portable toilets, hand-washing stations and maintain the food at precisely regulated temperatures.”
On Wednesday at 6:15pm, four policemen took Abbott to a squad car and away from a food-laden table at a beachfront city park. That day, Abbott and other volunteers served more than 100 plates of hot chicken stew, pasta, potatoes, and fruit salad to homeless men and women. “At least this time they let us feed people first,” Abbott, who has been feeding the homeless for 23 years, told Sun Sentinel.
Despite the fact that Abbott, if found guilty, may face 60 days of jail or be fined $500, he had no harsh words for the policemen who took him away from his duty. “They were very gentle,” Abbott told Sun Sentinel, “I think they feel a little guilty doing their job.”
Here’s some more fascinating stuff we found on the internet today:
Here’s a pink Hello Kitty burger from Plan Check in L.A. [Eater]
Adam Platt tries the pumpkin spice latte burger, thinks it’s dreadful [Grub Street]
Ted Ngoy is the Doughnut King of L.A. [California Sunday Magazine]