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In Orlando, Charity Can Be a Crime

Posted on Apr 5, 2007

A 21-year-old Floridian was arrested in Orlando for feeding a group of 30 homeless people. It is illegal in Orlando to feed more than 25 destitute people without a permit, which can be obtained only twice a year. As if to drive home the absurdity of the law, authorities took a sample of Eric Montanez’s illegal stew for evidence.

Reuters via Yahoo!:

Montanez was filmed by undercover officers on Wednesday as he served “30 unidentified persons food from a large pot utilizing a ladle,” according to an arrest affidavit. The Orlando area is home to Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.

The Orlando law, which is supported by local business owners who say the homeless drive away customers but has been challenged in court by civil rights groups, allows charities to feed more than 25 people at a time within two miles of Orlando city hall only if they have a special permit. They can get two permits a year.

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By 127001, April 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment


Dustin at QuizLaw posted the absolutely best perspective on this story at:

Florida Reaches Apex of Absurdity

Let’s see some more outrage here people!

Personally I’d like the Florida phone numbers to make a few “opinionated comment calls.”

And I use TTY, so I’d even have a transcriptof it!

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By PatrickHenry, April 6, 2007 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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If the churches-temples-mosques and all other truely religious entities of Orlando as well as the Moose-Elks-Lions, Legion-DAV-VFW “do gooders” don’t mend this travesty of a law, none of them deserve their “tax exempt” status.

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By vanjejo, April 6, 2007 at 4:38 am Link to this comment
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Total hypocrasy -
It’s like rapping a porn magazine under the front page cover of a comic book. It’s societies reaction that condones this farce.  As long as “tourism” is the god of Florida and tourist continue to only glance at the cover then put on their mickey mouse ears - it will escalate. 

And it is not just Orlando - I believe we WATCHED a homeless man beaten to death on video in south florida last year.  This week daytona has seen 2 ten year olds pulverize an elderly homeless mans face - within days we now see a navy vet slashed with a box cutter. There is competition within the cities to force the homeless out of “our” sight - like the red headed step-child.  Bus em’ - charge em’ - or beat em”? 

This is what the police chief said was the reason:
Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood said the boys’ actions may have been the result of bad parenting and a violent society influenced by video games.

BUT - this is what the police chief had to say LAST year.
Chitwood has repeatedly said his officers will arrest the homeless—unless they ask for help—if they’re found loitering on public property. He has also said he would get them bus tickets to anywhere if family or friends were willing to receive them on the other side.

Florida’s laws, police departments and corporate squeezes not only encourage the alienation of the poor but also actively seek to hide it. The three are like the symbolic monkeys of see/hear/speak no evil and “hey - mickey,harley and earnhardt!!!”.

Florida’s economic divide is very pronounced.
It is the eureka of privatized governments that cater and lean towards a profitable capitalist movement - and there is no place for reality at the park.  It’s bad for “business”. 


Michael Stoops, acting executive director for the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., said his group has been tracking violence against the homeless for years, but none of those cases has ever involved someone so young.

“These are the youngest perpetrators ever, which is disturbing,” Stoops said.

His group released a study last month that found Florida had more reported attacks on the homeless in 2006 than any other state.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, called Florida “ground zero for attacks on the homeless.”

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By Polly Ester, April 5, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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Disney should start feeding the homeless in Orlando; or is Mickey Mouse just a greedy rodent.

Mouse or Multinational?

“The Walt Disney Company is a host of contradictions, contradictions which are embodied in almost all of its projects. Starting with Mickey Mouse and working down from there, it seems to always be operating with at least two purposes. Walt Disney, a man of contradictions himself, claimed that Mickey, the company’s now ubiquitous corporate symbol, was a “very clean mouse”, the complete contradiction of what a mouse really is anyplace but in Disney World.”

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By GrannyGeese, April 5, 2007 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment
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And Jesus spake unto his disciples and the gathered multitude. And he said, blessed are those who have so much that they not share, for they shall be called spoiled. And cursed are those which hunger and thirst, for they shall suffer the wrath of the spoiled.

Let no man feed more than twenty five, lest they be found breaking the law, which stands for the spoiled who rejoice in their greed and gain. Verily I say unto you, those who break this law have no place in the kingdom of Florida.

And the multitude marveled and said, wherefore does this man speak in the name of Jesus.
We know him not.

From the gospel of Bable.

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