90-year-old man faces 2 months in prison for feeding the homeless

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A controversial Fort Lauderdale law is getting some backlash after a 90-year-old man was arrested for providing food to homeless people, WJXT reports.

Arnold Abbott is facing up to two months in prison for violating a city ordinance that outlaws groups from sharing food with the hungry.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said he warned arrests were coming, but Abbott said he plans to take legal action.

“I’m going to have to go to court again to sue the city of Fort Lauderdale, the beautiful city,” Abbott told WJXT. “These are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing. Don’t have a roof over their head, and how could you turn them away?”

In 1999, Abbott successfully sued the city for not allowing him to feed homeless people on the beach.

Abbott said he will continue to feed the homeless. Although he said he doesn’t want to be arrested, he said he is prepared for that possibility.