90-year-old man arrested third time for feeding homeless; says jail doesn’t scare him


Arnold Abbott

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A 90-year-old man who has been arrested three times for feeding the homeless says he is not afraid of going to jail.

WSVN.com reported that Arnold Abbott was cited with a criminal violation for the third time for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday.

The city of Fort Lauderdale’s ban on “public food sharing” went into effect Oct. 22.

The city has reportedly offered two alternative locations where Abbott could legally feed the homeless.

The new law carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, according to reports.

The elderly man said he is not afraid of the penalties. Abbott said he will continue to feed the homeless.

“I appreciate all of your concern for my safety, but I have faced the Klu Klux Klan on many occasions, and I have no fear of spending the night in a Fort Lauderdale jail,” Abbott wrote on Facebook. “I thank you all, and I pray that we all stay strong. We shall prevail!”

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