(NEWSER) – "Drop that plate right now" was the command hurled at 90-year-old Arnold Abbott on Sunday before he was charged with violating Florida law. His crime: feeding Fort Lauderdale's homeless. Abbott and two pastors, Dwayne Black and Mark Sims, were cited for disobeying a new city ordinance that effectively bans public food sharing, which could lead to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for each, Local 10 reports.
Abbott, who runs the nonprofit Love Thy Neighbor and has been feeding the homeless for more than 20 years, had served up just a handful of meals in Stranahan Park when he was stopped, the Sun-Sentinel reports. "I'm going to have to go to court again and sue the city of Fort Lauderdale," he tells Local 10. "These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing. ... How do you turn them away?" By "go to court again," Abbott refers to a 1999 lawsuit—which he won—that he brought against the city for the exact same reason.