WATCH: Good Samaritans Shutdown, Ticketed for Feeding Homeless During Thanksgiving Holiday

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Atlanta, GA — According to the official historical record, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For over a century, families have gathered to proclaim what they are thankful for while others have taken to shelters and charities to help those who cannot help themselves. However, thanks to the state, helping others during this most giving time is now illegal—unless you pay the government for permission.

During this Thanksgiving week, Adele Maclean and Marlon Kautz took to the streets to begin handing out food to the homeless—like they do every week. However, this time, instead of receiving praise for their services, they were issued a notice of extortion by police in the form of a citation.

“We’re looking at a citation,” Maclean said.

As WSB-TV notes, Atlanta police have been handing out the flyers across the city telling people that a permit is needed to give food to the homeless.

The fliers are being used as a warning by the police to stop people from feeding the homeless without first paying the state for permission to do so.

“I mean outrageous, right? Of all the things to be punished for, giving free food to people who are hungry?” Maclean told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon.

The pair has been handing out food in the same spot for weeks and they told WSB-TV that they have never heard of needing a permit to feed the needy.

“It seems ridiculous to me that they would be spending their time and resources on stopping people from feeding the homeless,” said Maclean said.

Indeed, it is ridiculous considering the murders and rapes taking place in Atlanta and the low rate at which they are solved. However, issuing notices of extortion, aka citation, to people for feeding the homeless is far easier and much more profitable than catching a murderer.

As WSB-TV reports:

Wilfon contacted the city to find out what was going on. A city representative said the Fulton and DeKalb County boards of health both require permits to give food to the homeless and the city of Atlanta enforces those requirements.

While the requirements aren’t new, Atlanta police told Wilfon they recently started more strictly enforcing them for several reasons.

The city believes there are better ways to help the homeless, like getting them into programs and shelters. They are also taking issue with the litter the food distributions leave behind.

Naturally, leaving behind waste for the city to clean up is wrong — but littering is already a crime. Why not just enforce that law?

Instead, good people, who don’t litter, are being punished for helping their hungry and less fortunate counterparts.

Unfortunately, in the land of the free, feeding the homeless has become a revolutionary act. Cities across the country are cracking down on good people who want to feed the needy.

Last December, the Dallas, Texas city council enacted Ordinance No. 29595, which makes it illegal to serve food to the homeless without jumping through a statist myriad of bureaucratic hoops, including a fee, training classes, and written notices.

However, the folks over at the aptly named organization Don’t Comply, took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas, while well armed, and successfully fed thousands of homeless people.

Sadly, the state’s endless desire to generate revenue has led to a system which requires permits for just about every activity not just feeding the homeless.

In May, the Alameda County Sheriff’s department posted a photo of a deputy arresting a man for selling fruits and vegetables on the roadside and attempted to justify the arrest. When people read the department’s justification, they lashed out — peacefully — to let them know what they were doing is wrong.

In June, a 38-year-old homeless man was attempting to earn some honest money by providing a much-desired service to the residents of Kennewick, Washington when he was threatened with extortion and arrest by the local police department, which effectively ended his enterprise. After the Kennewick Police Department threatened the homeless man and prevented him from making a living, they took to Facebook to shamelessly brag about it. The man was told that while it was illegal for him to fix bicycles, he could certainly beg for money.

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  • Rob

    Don’t help anybody, that’s big brothers job and big brother likes job security.

  • G’ma G

    First of all health boards don’t have the power to make law only administrative rules. Unless and until there is a credible threat to public health (proof or a complaint by someone harmed) they are powerless absent some contract, permit or license agreement. Sure, the health officer can issue orders concerning public health and threaten you to cease and desist and call it a “citation” but it is an empty threat. I am confident we will find the court throws it out absent that proof of harm, bona fide complaint or contract. Keep an eye on this one.
    Second, any law that we can not give non-lethal, non-toxic substances away would be/is unconstitutional on its face and as applied. This would be a completely private agreement that the government has no authority over unless and until some one harmed complains.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      How interesting that you mentioned this. I am currently in a battle with… gasp… THE CITY over something very similar. 4th, 5th. 13th and 14th amendments already violated in certified letters.

      I’ve never sued anyone before so this will be fun to me. Plus, I really, really, really want another sailboat.

      • thomas jefferson

        COB,your in luck,the citizens of cities,countys,who pull this shit on everyone deserves anything you do to them,HOPEFULLY the federal courts will award you enough money to make you weathly ,and they all have to applie for bankrupsey,and be thrown out of their nice warm homes and into the streets,where they belong……

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          Yes, but I should not be the only one doing this.

          Every single one of us at the grassroots level should do this. Do not comply with any unconstitutional laws ordinances.

          They broke the contract. Not us.

          I’m not advocating violence. Blowing up buildings and shooting folks is wrong. I abhor violence. Simply learn the original contract and do not comply to any rewrites.

          It is “consent” of the governed. Not the other way around.

          If, at this point, you do not lay down your X-boxes and smart-phones and actually take a united stand against this BS, then you have consented to this developing tyranny and are a domestic enemy every bit as culpable as “them.”

          Shit or get off the pot is what I say.

    • I doesn’t matter if health boards only have administrative law sanctions to apply when the vast majority of Americans don’t understand anything about the 4 different kinds of legal legislative authority in use in the US. Until Americans educate themselves well enough to know that they can demur from the administrative law attacks being staged on them, they will continue to be clueless about how easy they are to disarm on the spot.
      Beyond that, if the videos of this kind of malfeasance could be uplinked live to be mirrored instantaneously across the Internet, TPTB would find themselves answering questions about what they are doing while they are in the process of doing it, inflicting instantaneous embarrassment on them.
      The television stations would really hate being scooped internationally by amatuer videographers and would go on the attack by one-upping them with better communications and intel. Woe be to the bureaurats that would get caught in the crossfire.

    • Peter Okeefe

      you would need to know some law to defend as your properly stating…and a judge will get these people talking in a second…but my pitchfork is also ready…educate the public on the REAL law..not admin policy or regs

  • John C Carleton

    Where farting without permission can get you fined, beaten, kidnapped, held for ransom, murdered, or all of the above.

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    Burning sulfur balls of various sizes, at 95%+ purity (45% is purest found naturally), rained down on 5 locations around the Dead Sea about 4,000 years ago. Millions of these balls can still be found and broken out of their melted rock spheres that encased them and sealed them off from air and the elements, as they landed upon the ground and melted down into the rock itself. Light one and watch it burn a blue flame. Nothing can contain the 6,000 degree heat they reach, even ROCK, which was turned to ash everywhere where the remnants of these cities can be found. No place else on earth but theses 5 locations has this phenomena. The People that lived at these locations made laws that nobody could feed the stranger, among many other evil deeds they waged. They were called the “5 Cities of the Plain”, which was as fertile as any other part of the fertile crescent, at that time. The most famous of these cities were known as Sodom and Gomorrah.

    • darkhorse

      Wow…interesting, end…where does one locate this kind of info? … I was an archaeology major, briefly before switching to psych…

      • Jimmy B

        True Christians, not those in the prosperity churches, have known this for years, maybe decades. Check out the DVD “Exodus Revealed: Search for the Red Sea Crossing.” Get the book from the author from which the film is based upon.

        • darkhorse

          thanks Jimmy!

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        It’s actually fairly common knowledge and a very interesting read.

        I have links to maps if you are truly interested in the locations of the five cities around the plain.

      • David E

        documentary YouTube videos on the subject are available.

      • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

        Look up “Ron Wyatt Noah’s Ark” on youtube. Check out the Dedication ceremony by the Turkish Govt. around 1987, with Ron Wyatt as the Guest of Honor. Dedicating the Welcome Center for Noah’s Ark, after they verified the reality it is it. Then look up “Ron Wyatt Sodom and Gomorrah”. He is passed on a few years back but has many incredible Biblical archaeological finds, which are REAL. Very humble man that God led to reveal the hidden truth. …Intentionally hidden. Others recently have begun to investigate the 5 sites with the extinguished sulfur balls and rock turned to ash. Historian Josephus describes the same in his day 2,000 years ago. Takes a while to sink in, to realize what you are looking at. Once it does, it is incredible. Same with Noah’s Ark, preserved by a pyroclastic flow, and much of it petrified, around 6,000 years ago. Without doubt. Age dating never considers the very high pressure that thousands of feet of water would apply to instantly implode and turn deposited layers into solid rock. This is why they have found ancient artifacts inside solid rock and coal. No age dating can be accurate due to this condition. No layers will therefore ever give any account of age. Energy flows throughout the earth had to change also. We know this because we live 120 years max versus 900 plus, as they did before the flood. We know this because the Ark is REAL. Sodom and Gomorrah also, and the other 3 cities destroyed the same.

        • darkhorse

          Wow!! Thank so much, end!

    • Jimmy B

      So refreshing to find someone else who knows the truth.

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  • Cynical Old Bastard

    “According to the official historical record…”

    Right. That pretty much says it all right there.

    What does the unofficial historical record say? Obviously I’m rather familiar with it or I would not be asking.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    A classic example of where the old saying, “No good deed goes unpunished,” came from. Happy Thanksgiving to all, except those who wish to actually do something for the less fortunate among us….because that’s Big Brother’s job. And we all know how good a job BB does with anything he touches.

  • jim_robert

    The Bosheviks also forbade works of compassion by the church in Russia.

    • The new Russian government is carrying out the biblical edicts against homosexuality by incarcerating those who openly display it at the same time that American evangelicals are increasingly accepting it as godly behavior.

  • thomas jefferson

    GOD ,will now step in and show these perverts who runs the show,HE’LL WIPE EVERY STATE who harms the poor,homeless,children,widows,and THE POLICE GANGS,and he’ll send them to hell,so they can live with their real DADDY SATAN..

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Look, everyone – it’s Incoherenceman!

    • How strange to hear you talking about what you actively denied the existance of during your life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

  • CozmicSeer

    Idiotic government employees making unconstitutional laws due to their stupidity, bigotry and hatred for everyone but themselves. The police should be going after them instead of targeting a good Samaritan.

  • I suspect that getting the permit would be much easier than fighting the citation, as well as destroying the random paranoid pretenses that their food is any less wholesome than that served in the restaurant serving the city’s office building.

  • Peter Okeefe

    well for years the people demanded protection from the food they have it…you asked for someone to guard your every move now you got it…happy?

  • SP_88

    While such tyranny isn’t new, it is still quite outrageous. It is none of their business what two consenting adults do with each other. If someone wants to give food to someone else, that’s their business.
    If I bought a meal from a restaurant, ate it, and gave away the rest of my French fries, am I going to be fined? What if I made a sandwich at home, brought it to the park, ate half and gave away the other half, would I be fined for that? What if I made two sandwiches, ate one, and gave half of it to each of two people? At what point have I broken their “law”? At what point do they require that I get a permit? If one person gives some food to another person, that’s a private transaction between two consenting adults. It hasn’t been sold, so there’s no sales tax, they can’t claim it’s tax evasion.
    I fail to see how this would stand up in court.