Wow. It's really true: No good deed goes unpunished. Just ask the three men arrested for daring to help homeless people.
Homeless advocate Arnold Abbot, along with two pastors, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for feeding the homeless in public.
The arrests come after the city passed an ordinance on Oct. 22, restricting charitable groups from distributing meals to homeless people in public.
Abbot, founder of nonprofit organization Love Thy Neighbor that provides meals for the homeless, faces with 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
The three served less than a handful of the 300 meals they prepared before the police came, according to the Sun Sentinel.
"One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon," he told press reporters.
After mentioning he won a lawsuit against the city in 1999 that allowed him to feed homeless people on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Abbot stated he plans to fight the administration yet again.
“I’m going to have to go to court again and sue the city of Fort Lauderdale… 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?”
Abbot’s case has highlighted the fact that living on the streets is becoming increasingly difficult in the United States.
Twenty-one cities have passed measures aimed at restricting food charity for homeless people since January last year, according to a recent National Coalition for the Homeless survey. Charities have criticized the new rules as forms of implementing social cleansing.
"Economic development and tourism don't mesh well with homeless folks and the agencies that serve them," Michael Stoops, community organizer at NCH, told NBC News.