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    Cops arrest charity workers for illegally feeding homeless

    Cops arrest charity workers for illegally feeding homeless
    by Jonathan Benson, staff writer

    (NaturalNews) Feeding the homeless in a public park without the proper permits can land you in jail, at least in Orlando, Fla. A recent report in the Orlando Sentinel explains that police officers there arrested three volunteers with the Food Not Bombs (FNB) charity for illegally feeding a large group of homeless individuals in Orlando's Lake Eola Park.

    Jessica Cross, 24, Benjamin Markeson, 49, and Jonathan "Keith" McHenry, 54, had been handing out food in the park when officers reportedly approached them. Local ordinances state that feeding more than 25 homeless people at a time in that area requires a city permit, and violation of these ordinances can result in a 60-day jail sentence, a $500 fine, or both. Because the group had not followed the rules, officers arrested the three with a set bail of $250 for each person.

    "They basically carted them off to jail for feeding hungry people," said Douglas Coleman, a spokesman with the Orlando chapter of FNB. "For them (city officials) to regulate a time and place for free speech and to share food, that is unacceptable."

    The group has been embroiled in a legal battle with the city for years, particularly after ordinances were passed in 2006 that essentially criminalized the feeding of the homeless in downtown parks. FNB filed a lawsuit against the city at that time, and a federal judge ruled in favor of the group in 2008. But in April 2011, the Federal 11th District Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned the ruling, which gave the City of Orlando the green light to pursue FNB.

    FNB admittedly knew that its recent actions would likely incite arrest, and even posted an alert on its website inviting supporters to "come ... (and) show support for the right to share food in public spaces and to observe the actions of Orlando police and city officials." Officials, however, say the group has always been free to feed the homeless in other designated areas, but instead decided to deliberately break the rules by feeding in the park.

    "This is just a group that has decided that they want to be able to feed no matter what the city has done," said Lt. Barb Jones from the Orlando Police Department, to the UK's Daily Mail. "We paid for their permits ... and the city has set up locations for them to feed."





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    well i see a few misleading things here.....one is the garbage leftover from the handouts that they should have a city permit for otherwise the city will be responsible for paying for cleanup.....also food inspections are needed.....and by handing out freebies it's an unsanctioned gathering so probable a city ordinance violation......last what if someone gets sick from the handouts? without a permit then who's responsible?.............i appreciate people helping those in need, but i can see the legal side of it too

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    There must be very good reason why people need permit to feed poors. Any ways they should have done it without breaking the law. I wonder if good samarithan law applies to this kind situation.
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    ^good points.





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    Yup! Although they mean well and are just trying to be good samaritans, you have to have a permit. That enables the law to keep some sick bastards that listen to some other sick bastard, tell them to Jim Jones their asses and put cyanide in their Kool-aid. Just to rid the city of poor and elderly people, who appreciate & gladly receive a handout.

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    Permits are required because the law demands that the food meets health and safety regulations. Some people give away food that was found in dumpsters, or prepared or not kept under the right conditions.

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    That park is directly across from my old 24/7 gym. What a ridiculous law. These guys are doing a noble thing. The problem with that park is its pretty and upscale. They dont want the homeless screwing up the image because its a tourist hotspot. Not to mention the upscale apartments nearby and the tenants complain about the homeless pissing in stairwells and sleeping in peoples doorways. But its mostly the fear of losing tourism dollars imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFW View Post
    That park is directly across from my old 24/7 gym. What a ridiculous law. These guys are doing a noble thing. The problem with that park is its pretty and upscale. They dont want the homeless screwing up the image because its a tourist hotspot. Not to mention the upscale apartments nearby and the tenants complain about the homeless pissing in stairwells and sleeping in peoples doorways. But its mostly the fear of losing tourism dollars imo.
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    I wonder how many pigeons you can feed at one time.

    I agree with Irish, but the people who feed the homeless are a special breed. I don't think they are giving out dumpster food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REDDOG309 View Post
    I wonder how many pigeons you can feed at one time.
    I'm not too sure, but it took me 3 of em, just to stop the hunger pangs.

    And they're phuquin salty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    Cops arrest charity workers for illegally feeding homeless
    " Officials, however, say the group has always been free to feed the homeless in other designated areas, but instead decided to deliberately break the rules by feeding in the park.

    "This is just a group that has decided that they want to be able to feed no matter what the city has done," said Lt. Barb Jones from the Orlando Police Department, to the UK's Daily Mail. "We paid for their permits ... and the city has set up locations for them to feed."
    Admirable of them to want to feed the homeless, but come on, these folks were looking for a confrontation plain and simple. Sympathy.......out the window.

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    I say: Leave it up to the homeless.
    If they are willing to risk eating the food/drink.
    Then let them face the consequences.

    If something happens, the cops can investigate ()

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFW View Post
    That park is directly across from my old 24/7 gym. What a ridiculous law. These guys are doing a noble thing. The problem with that park is its pretty and upscale. They dont want the homeless screwing up the image because its a tourist hotspot. Not to mention the upscale apartments nearby and the tenants complain about the homeless pissing in stairwells and sleeping in peoples doorways. But its mostly the fear of losing tourism dollars imo.
    They may be using the law to that end, but the law itself makes sense.

    When I was about 20, I worked at a restaurant. If the food isn't kept at specific temperatures and certain standards of cleanliness, people could end up with food poisoning. Anyone, the poor included, should be protected from poor food handling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronAddict View Post
    I'm not too sure, but it took me 3 of em, just to stop the hunger pangs.

    And they're phuquin salty!
    I heard they taste just like chicken.

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    Admirable of them to want to feed the homeless, but come on, these folks were looking for a confrontation plain and simple. Sympathy.......out the window.
    Sometimes you have make a stand to get your point across.

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    They may be using the law to that end, but the law itself makes sense.



    When I was about 20, I worked at a restaurant. If the food isn't kept at specific temperatures and certain standards of cleanliness, people could end up with food poisoning. Anyone, the poor included, should be protected from poor food handling.
    The homeless in Philly eat straight from the trash cans, so I'm sure even slop warmed up is better than the crust of someone's pizza that was just pulled out of a trashcan.
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    I agree with the reasoning behind the law. I don't agree with arresting the people, though. The cops should have dispersed the people feeding the poor, or written them a citation. Carting them off to jail is laughable.
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