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When You Get Arrested For Feeding The Homeless

It’s a bad premise that it’s based on. Provide the hungry and homeless with resources, but out of the sight of tax payers and tourists. That’s what several cities I know of are doing.

Why? Because the homeless drive down property value and they take away from the value of tourism. People don’t want to pay hard earned money to come to a nice place on the map and see homeless people. They want that stuff hidden from their sight so they can have a fun, guilt-free time.

So not only do city leaders provide resources for the homeless that are away from the parks and the venues of these beautiful cities like Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa, but they pass laws. That means that law abiding citizens who only want to feed the homeless stand the chance of getting arrested for doing so.

A big event like Clemson and Alabama playing the Championship game at Raymond James means the homeless are coming to Tampa. Oh they were already here, but more are coming. They are coming because they can beg for money. There are going to be plenty of people from out of town and that means they can tap a whole new market that is wide open.

Let me make this clear, that’s not the ideal scenario. But, it’s just like handing condoms to kids you know are going to be having sex. You know you’re not going to be able to stop it. So, how do you deal with it?

When it comes to dealing with the homeless, you arrest people trying to feed them? Makes perfect sense. Let’s make a big deal out of this rather than have the city cops worry about bigger issues. Hopefully, you can read sarcasm.

It’s pathetic when bureaucracy gets in the way of common sense. When people would rather settle for short term fixes than work on long term solutions, that’s the mess of red tape we wrap ourselves in and we don’t solve anything.

I know this, it’s wrong to go around arresting law abiding citizens who are only trying to help others. What message does that send? Some people won’t even try because they won’t want to have to jump through all the red tape just to be able to help someone out. Think about that!

I know some pompous city leaders who would love that. They would love people to quit trying to help others. That means there won’t be anymore food courts set up in the middle of a park where tourists can get a good view of the homeless problem.

But again, they’re pompous city leaders. They rub elbows with other self-important people and they’ve become callous to those who need help. Their decisions are based on the opinions of people they tee off with and not the thousands of constituents who vote for them.

Is there any reason a person should be arrested for feeding the homeless?

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Michael Allen is the author of the newly released novel The Deeper Dark - When Haven Kayd returns home after being a POW for years, he returns to a world that has moved on without him. As he's playing catchup, the truth comes out about a scheme he was unknowingly the poster boy for and he learns about a hidden world that threatens everything he cares about. Available now at Amazon!