Man Will Risk Jail to Feed Homeless


arnold_abbottArnold Abbot, 90, has been cited twice by police officers since Nov. 2 for breaking a new Fort Lauderdale ordinance that bans public food sharing (read: feeding the poor). Abbott hands out food to the homeless on a public beach every Wednesday and says that despite the new ordinance (and his citations for breaking it), he plans to be back at the beach on Wednesday, handing out food again.

“One of the police officers said, ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon,” Abbot told ABC News.

He will get a court subpoena in the mail and a judge will decide whether he will spend up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Read more at ABC News.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. There was an article in one of the local papers in Miami of the elderly had nothing to eat but cat food. Kol Hakovod to Mr. Abbott

    There was an article about forty years ago, that the elderly on Miami Beach had nothing to
    eat but cat food. Thank you and Kol Hakovod to
    Mr. Abbott