Couple Fined $746 For The Crime Of Feeding Homeless People In Florida Park

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

It is a well known historical trend that as discontent and dissent spread within a society, the power structure will look to demonize unpopular or weak minorities in order to deflect frustrations away from the true culprit, the power structure itself. Many feared in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that Muslims would serve as such a scapegoat, and indeed in many ways this occurred, although not to the extent that many feared. In my opinion, it is homeless people that are being increasingly demonized and treated as subhuman. I think that if we want to see how the state and crony corporate status quo will treat everyone in the future, all you have to do is look at the current “war on the homeless.”

If you think about, the homeless actually serve as the perfect scapegoat for a former American middle class slowly being driven into serfdom. Still completely mesmerized by the religion of consumerism, how is a population losing its freedom and financial well-being supposed to feel better about itself. The easy answer is to look at an even more destitute class and treat them like the “elites” treat everyone else. Like a superfluous and unfortunate outgrowth of humanity.

I strongly believe that it is just as important to show compassion for the least fortunate within society as it is to fight against the incredibly corrupt establishment. Failing to do so makes you no better than they are.

From ThinkProgress:

After feeding the hungry in a Daytona Beach park every weekend for more than a year, it’s just as easy to imagine Chico and Debbie Jimenez given a ticker-tape parade as what they actually got: a slew of citations and a permanent ban from the park.Chico and Debbie Jimenez, a husband and wife team, aren’t handing out food in the Florida heat every Wednesday because of a court order or for a paycheck. They do it because they believe helping the poor is their religious duty.


Every Wednesday, the Jimenezes feed more than a hundred people a hearty lunch with dishes of chicken patties, macaroni salad, and fresh vegetables, among others. The meals are entirely funded by private donations and staffed with volunteers.


However, Daytona Beach is one of a handful of cities that enacted ordinances barring individuals from serving food in public. Last week, nearly a half-dozen police officers showed up at Manatee Island Park, where a long line of people had queued to get a meal, and served citations to the Jimenezes and volunteers.


According to the group’s Facebook page, Chico and Debbie, along with four volunteers, were each given multiple 2nd degree misdemeanor citations. The fines totaled $373 per person, $2,238 for the group. The police also permanently banned the group from Manatee Island Park. “We both have made a lot of good friends in the park and are devastated that we are banned the Manatee Park forever,” Debbie wrote. “I am heartbroken.”

Can’t arrest a single banker, but police sure are good at stopping citizens from feeding the hungry. Sick.

Daytona Beach is just the latest city to crack down on groups that feed the poor in city parks. Other recent examples range from Birmingham to St. Louis to Raleigh to Philadelphia to Orlando. A 2010 report from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty identified more than a dozen other cities with restrictions and found an uptick in the number of new ordinances.


The Jimenezes, who both left jobs more than a year ago to focus on ministry full-time, were upset about the developments, but told the News-Journal that they planned to challenge the citations rather than pay them. “We are ‘ NOT Criminals ‘ and feeding ‘ Hungry folks ‘ is not a crime,” the couple said.

I’ve written several articles on this theme in the past. I suggest checking them out:

The Homeless in NYC Are Now Living in Tiny Spaces in the Frame of the Manhattan Bridge

Illinois Church Told by City Officials it Can No Longer Provide Homeless People Shelter

South Carolina City Implements Law That Requires a $120 Permit to Feed the Homeless

Acting as a decent human being is increasingly becoming criminalized in America.

To update George Orwell’s famous statement for modern times:

In a world of universal narcissism, being a compassionate person is a revolutionary act.

Full article here.

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Relentless101's picture

Feeding hungry people!!! Those fucking scum bags! How do they sleep at night? Death penalty sounds about right. Rid the world of this filth.

maskone909's picture

to think that 746$ fine could have fed a shit ton of people.  what a fucking joke.  lock and load!

outamyeffinway's picture

Let's see how it looks with a cashless society.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



But it is legal to feed corporations government pie as long as their unions vote and pay bribes campaign contributions.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


General Motors, Chrysler (privately owned by Cerberus Capital) and Ford have all lined up for a piece of the government hand out pie. But unlike the many of the banks and finance companies who were suffering from liquidity issues, the automakers are asking for money for failing enterprises and bad business models.

Grande Tetons's picture

Bravo! Plus a biziilion. 

No harm came from these handouts, eh? 

ZerOhead's picture

"No harm came from these handouts, eh?"


Other than the death and destruction that results from shoddy vehicle construction before the long delayed recall notices go out...

Skateboarder's picture

How long before it is a felony to be homeless?

Tie that in with Skynet and the moment you're evicted/foreclosed/fresh on the streets, the popo is there to pick ya up the very second you come to know that you're homeless. How convenient.

ZerOhead's picture

The homeless just have to be taught (forcibly if necessary) how to convert their remaining valuable assets into fast cash...

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well, I just got back from buying my lunch and gave a homeless man my bread as I walked by. I've known him for 15 years. He is emaciated and has been on the streets for the entire time I have been at my job. He looks about 75 but I am guessing he must be younger. His hands always shake when he takes my offering but he smiles and says " thank you very much M'am" I don't know his story. May be he is a drug addict or undeserving in some way. I don't care. He is obviously hungry and I was happy to give him something. So I guess the Feds can come and get me for what I just did. FOAD assholes.


BlackChicken's picture

People like you make this world a better place.

CheapBastard's picture

Those Homeless have not gotten the memo this is the 'Summer of Recovery' ... with 'Record High Stawk Maaket.'


alexcojones's picture

I've adopted this attitude, Kindness Gnerates Kindeness - (until the shooting starts).

I like how the Florida couple said they would NOT pay but would fight to change - or challenge - the law. That generous couple remind me of this guy.

Gentileza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

José Datrino, known as prophet Gentileza (11 April 1917 — 28 May 1996) was a Brazilian urban personality, kind of a preacher, which became known from 1980 by making quirky inscriptions under an overpass in Rio de Janeiro, where he walked in a white robe and long beard. "Gentileza gera gentileza" ("Kindness generates kindness")


kill switch's picture

And now we see what the Fashest States of America has become..

bonderøven-farm ass's picture

No man or woman shall come between the state and the votes they garner by assuming the role of welfare custodian.  Bask in your fucking servitude get the government you vote for.

graneros's picture

Your post made my day. Sometimes the negativity is absolutely suffocating.  Thanks Miffed for a breath of fresh air.

americanspirit's picture

"The law, with its majestic sense of equality, forbids both the rich and the poor alike from stealing bread and sleeping under bridges"

Victor Hugo

Ah, the good old days. Just before the revolution if I'm not mistaken.

Lost Word's picture

Or sleeping in sewers, such as the sewers of Paris.

Musashi Miyamoto's picture

several city proposed to ban sleeping or sitting on the sidewalk within 25 feet of any residential or commercial building. LA banned it outright but it was thrown out in appeals court, I believe the opinion was justified by lack of public housing.

evernewecon's picture



Thanks for the links.

Welcome aboard M.M. if you're new.


A thought:



There's one further step down, obviously.

The city and state leaders can feed

them to the animals at the zoo.


The opposite's democracy and cooperation.


This guy somehow escaped the fate

of those above and even became


evernewecon's picture


Sorry.  Thought it applied more poignantly there.

Your links are really worth something much more.

Hat tip to you.

Merv Griffin would've licked and waved a finger.

Liquid Courage's picture

"How long before it is a felony to be homeless?"


Not long, I'd say. After all, GDP "growth" has got to come from somewhere in "Incarceration Nation". Long Greybar Hotels!

U S A !!! U S A !!!

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Not long. Larger prison industry = higher GDP.


Lost Word's picture

Especially those Corporation Privately owned Prisons must make a profit somehow.

One Corporate Crook helping another Corporate Crook.

RafterManFMJ's picture


Just started a screenplay but here's what I have so far:

Jesus shows up in Daytona beach and starts to speak to the homeless, the downtrodden, and the pimps and prostitutes in the park but is given the bums' rush by the police as he's not in the free speech zone and he doesn't have a permit.

So we do some scenes where Jesus takes a number at the town hall, finally gets his permit and goes to the free speech zone where he FLOATS above the ground like 2 feet, speaking and handing out fish sticks and pop tarts from this KFC bucket that never seems to go empty.

At this point the police go nuts and accuse him of feeding without a permit as well as flying without a pilots license so they taser him, beat him, and haul him off to jail.

Yea, that's enough to get me to the KickStarter.

Lost Word's picture

And as populist politician and silver coin advocate and enemy of the Banksters,

William Jennings Bryan might have said, Hang him on a Cross of Gold?

The Cross of Gold being a symbol of the Banksters.

yrad's picture

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.


George Orwell

debtor of last resort's picture


"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

chapaev's ghost's picture

If  you feed them it just encourages them to hang around.

Does that mean if we stopped feeding banksters QE, they would go away?

SAT 800's picture

If you stopped feeding them free money their numbers would decrease remarkably, yes. this would involve going back to the old ways. Banks can't be listed as stocks; (cause then you're playing with the public's money), glass-Seagull, intact and enforced; and close and active regulation. In the old days; 1965; for instance; large banks were owned by their own directors and if they made mistakes they lost their own money; imagine that ! they didn't make that many mistakes. Imagine That ! these laws could be passed overnight; but they can't be; because Congress has been bought and paid for; not to mention the puppet, err. I meant the President.

Headbanger's picture

Not only that I think the accused have grounds for a law suit based on them being prosecuted for their religious beliefs of feeding the hungry

I'm not the most pious type, but for those interested:

Matthew 25:35-40


And the Hebrew beliefs on feeding the hungry:


So this accusation is the same as the Romans would have done to persucute  Jews and Christians !

Is that what this nation has become now?

ZerOhead's picture

Little has changed since Jesus first laid out the workings of 1st century economics so eloquently...

Matthew 25:29
"For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

flacon's picture

...and those who have more, more will be required from them. .... forgot that part. 


Luke 12:48


From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

ZerOhead's picture

Perhaps they meant "expected to give more to the politicians and priests"...


Mark 4:25
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

Luke 8:18
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them." 

(The three gospels look rather similar to me but I'm an atheist so you never know...)

Seek_Truth's picture

Omit the politicians and you have the answer - Jesus is referring to the religious leaders, not politicians:

42 The Lord replied, “Who then is the faithful and wise *manager*, whom the master puts *in charge of his household servants*, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time?" - Luke 12:42

Headbanger's picture

Zero:   What then do atheists say when they're getting a blow job??

And..  There are no atheists driving at 150 MPH!

SAT 800's picture

what do atheists say when they're getting a blow job? hmm. "thank You Jesus". ?

freak of nature's picture

Very simple interpretation of a cherry picked verse, which is quite easy to do in the internet age of google and fast paced discussions. Can't blame you for that. It takes time to study.

This verse has nothing to do with material goods. When put into context of the verses surrounding it, it has everything to do with the spiritual side, in particular sharing the gospel and how people receive it. Read the chapter to get a clearer insight. Parable of the sower, lamp on a stand, growing seed etc all have to do with sharing the gospel and the response of the people with whom it has been shared.

kchrisc's picture

I like your spirit and sentiment, but:

1) If you have to sue to feed the homeless, you, we, have already lost that fight and it's time for the guillotines.

2) Who owns and controls the courts? "Case dismissed."

Headbanger's picture

No we haven't.

And I appreciate your sense of history about this issue.


If anyone has examples of doctrines from other faiths and cultures about feeding the hungry please post them as I don't intent to ignore any faiths on this matter.


And Hedgeless:  That is brilliant!


Alright.. Who's the fucking troll??

Uber Vandal's picture


Senators..... Check

Far flung empire with bases.... Check

Barbarians at the gate ("migrant workers")...... Check

Bread and Circuses (EBT and TV)...... Check

Nero ....... (Work in Progress)

In short, yes.

Also, these classic paintings titled The Course of Empire summed it all up well, too:

Headbanger's picture

Nero!!    LMAO!

Now who is our modern Nero?


IndyPat's picture

Just exchange a fiddle for a pitching wedge and you have your answer...

101 years and counting's picture

now that $746 can pay for the mayor's dinner sat night.

Harbanger's picture

Since you mentioned it, the Mayor of Daytona Beach is a Black Democrat named Derrick Henry, so I'm pretty sure the MSM will give him a pass.



SAT 800's picture

Oh, hell yeah. a pass, and a free dinner, and the $746.

SAT 800's picture

Damn, I wish I was a Black Democrat; just run for somethin, and start rakin in the graft. As a blue-eyed Scot, tho I may have a few problems.

Harbanger's picture

In your case, you need to be a bone smuggler to get a pass.