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Woman Faces Fine For Feeding The Hungry

August 17, 2012 by  

Woman Faces Fine For Feeding The Hungry
SCREENSHOT
Angela Prattis will have to pay $1,000 to continue feeding hungry children in her neighborhood.

A woman in Philadelphia is facing a fine for feeding hungry children. Angela Prattis was threatened with a $600 fine for every day she handed out free food.

The local government has tried to get citizens to quit feeding the hungry, hoping that doing so will force the poor into shelters.

Prattis distributes meals every day from the gazebo in her yard. She believes the government has more important things to worry about.

“You have houses here, the roofs are falling in, and they could be focused on a lot of more serious issues than me feeding children,” Prattis said.

“How is feeding kids a bad thing?” she asked. “I’m doing this from my heart because I love children. And these kids are hungry. Last Friday, I had 20 children walk to my house in the pouring rain for lunch, and at 2 p.m., they came back for a snack. Tell me this program is not needed.”

But Township Council Chairman Stanley Kester says that rules have to be followed.

“She wants us to bypass or exonerate her from the zoning hearing. She just doesn’t want to pay to do things the right way. We can’t just start exempting everyone from our laws. If you do one, you’ve got to do everybody,” Kester said.

Prattis will have to pay $1,000 to continue her program.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Harold Olsen

    Another good Samaritan being punished for doing something good for people. Since Obama has been in office this has been happening more and more. The left hates private charities and people who, out of the goodness of their hearts, want to help the less fortunate. The left prefers the less fortunate to depend on the government and not be helped by charitable citizens and organizations. Pretty soon, those of us who donate to charitable organizations will be fined for doing so.

    • eddie47d

      Hooray for Angela Prattis and her kind heart. Too bad Harold has a mean heart and goes on his bash the left tangent to stoke the fires. Where in this article does it say that Angela is a Democrat or a Republican . Where does it say that she is a right winger or a leftist? The left is in the forefront of helping others and so are many Christian churches so you are way off base. Since there are also numerous Conservatives in government who run the show and who actively deny funding for the poor this issue is a mixed bag. I bet this issue is more about safety of the kids being fed rather than government control. What would you say if this kind lady (or any man) was handing out tainted food or luring kids into her home for other reasons. Then you would scream that the government allowed that to happen. We should all help the less fortunate but not everyone is of pure of heart and precautions have to be taken.

      • phideaux

        eddie eddie, except for this line stating the obvious “The left prefers the less fortunate to depend on the government…” you are the one worrying about left/right democrat/republican. As far as churches helping Harold mentioned that indirectly “… and not be helped by charitable citizens and organizations.”

      • paul

        Eddie…just do a search on the programs who started them. Starting with the KKK.
        I am NOT a party person they are both part of the problem. I vote for individuals not a party ever.

        • tim clark

          listen, if you are even paying attention, its plain as the nose on your face which side this outrage stems from…angelas politics dont even matter here…but it is obvious its the liberal left that want this kind of behavior done away with…they are ANTI AMERICA, ANTI FAMILY VALUES, PRO HOMOSEXUAL DEVIANCY, PRO SAME SEX MARRIAGE, PRO SOCIALISM…

      • eddie47d

        How wrong you are also Tim. I have worked with Liberals(left) at food banks and distributing food (sandwiches). Most don’t talk about politics so I’m sure Conservatives help out too. You are only spreading misinformation.

    • Chester

      I am much afraid this was happening long before Obama, or even Clinton, to name another Democrat. It goes back as far as zoning boards, if not farther. When one group decides they have the right to set rules for all to follow, regardless of how that right was assumed or given, they have acted against anyone who appeared to be ignoring their rules.

    • Vigilant

      Harold, I must ask you again not to trust the “journalism” of Brian Nash. Please see http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2012/0817/Lunch-lady-No-fines-for-her-free-lunches-but-a-fee

      Following his penchant for sensationalism and yellow journalistic provocation, Mr. Nash conveniently left out a key aspect of the story: the lunches are funded by the state of Pennsylvania:

      “The boxed lunches are dropped off at her house by the Archdioses of Philadelphia and are funded by the state. The church says about 450 people hand out food from homes or churches in the Philadelphia area.”

      • Karolyn

        So glad you did our homework for us Vig. Thanks. I hate when any blogger leaves stuff out and sensationalizes his story with untrue headlines. Surprised it happens here at PLD.

      • HH

        With that in view Vigilant it really doesn’t make sense! The lunches are funded by the government? And now they turn around and cite a $600 per day fine (I know she doesn’t have to pay the fines) and a $1000 for a variance that she WILL have to pay? Something is phishy in Philly!

        It also says, “The church says about 450 people hand out food from homes or churches in the Philadelphia area”.

        Why aren’t the other 449 folks in the news? Are they being fined too? Will they have to pay this $1000 “variance” also?

        450 folks handing out food, $1000 variance each, That’s almost a half a mil!!!

      • HH

        Wait a minute Vig, it DOES make sense! Government doling out the food, private citizens opening their homes/yards up to feed these children……….. Philly now has to find a way to pay for all the food their handing out so………….. they found an ordinance, or “lack” of an ordinance for this kind of activity and there ya go! $450,000 goes a long way to pay for all that food!!!

        Throw the fine off on the good folks who are using their homes to help the needy!

    • Karolyn

      How do you know the laws in place in Philly were not instituted by conservative Republicans?

      • John Woodbury

        My, My comrade Karolyn, LMFAO, Philly has been Democratic for years.

      • M Williams

        Does it matter? Feed those needing food……who’s the token liberal here?

    • tim clark

      exactly harold…arent we our brother’s keeper???

    • molly

      I find it fascinating that the right wants more charities and churches to help with helping the disadvantaged, but as soon as that happens, the hammer comes down. Let’s not forget Philly is in the state of Pennsylvania, where they just made it more difficult for disadvantaged people to even vote. This is just more if the same.

      • HH

        How did Pennsylvania, make it more difficult for disadvantaged people to vote? Require them to have an ID?

    • MICHAEL E. ROBERSON

      What should happen is that her neighbors, friends, and relatives should give her like 1-5 dollars and if that happened she would be able to pay those erronious charges not out of her pocket. If enough peolpe would stand up to their rights and not lay down and give up this country would not be in the shape that it is in today, but we the people are letting them the government completely rule our lives. I am sure that our forefathers are not only rolling in their graves but doing flip flops.

  • Jeff

    I think the key is that they want the money, $1000. That’s it.

    • Bev

      I agree completely Jeff. No matter how they couch it or try to hide it, money is always the bottom line upfront. “Money makes the world go ’round, the world go ’round… money, money, money, money” song from Cabaret when Hitler was coming to power in Germany.

      • Larry K.

        you forgot one……GREED-GREED-GREED.

  • Hosea Baxter

    I can only hope that this story does not represent the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If it does, it reflects the degree to which our society is collapsing. It seems to me that what this lady is doing is just what we want, citizens helping citizens. It is horrible to imagine that a municipality would asphyxiate the kind acts of its people. If we want to create a since of community and good will within our nation, encouraging people to meet the needs of others in their community will go a long way in doing so. It would be reprehensible to encourage anything less.

  • TRex

    No, in a way you are both right. The left hatees anything to do with individual “charity”, i.e. helping your fellow man because it’s the “right” thing to do thereby associated with a “religion.” To the left anything that smacks of a “religion” is obviously deranged and a danger to their “society” which is godless and humanistic. Then they need the money to continue their war on the charities that obviously help people, i.e. feed hungry children, in favor of failed and failing government administered (with exorbitant administrative pay) “charities” that attempt to control the people they supposedly want to “help.” Once again, the big lie, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”

  • Randy131

    So now in the USA it is illegal to give a meal to anyone other than your immediate family members? If this woman throws a dinner party for about 5 couples and their children at her home, the government is going to come in and fine her? Did a local government pass a law that makes it illegal for Americans to share their abundance and feed whomever they want in their own homes? Do the people in this town have to send their dinner invitations to the local government for approval, or they’re going to be fined if the government dislikes who and how we feed our friends and neighbors? Is this really still the Unites States of America, or have we been transformed into a copy of the old USSR? GOD help us all and protect us and our freedoms from people such as this, who would deny us the right of simply feeding hungry children, for whatever reasons.

  • Vigilant

    The most abusive and intrusive laws in the US are zoning ordinances. The petty dictators who sit on comprehensive planning and zoning boards are the worst of all.

    I’m in the process of subdividing 23 acres of my land in upstate NY for single-owner sale. The zoning idiots continue to place more and more delaying moves and nonrelated requirements in the way of the subdivision. The land is zoned agricultural, yet the board “needs” a survey of my adjoining land, planned house location, sewer and water hookup plans. driveway plan, and a plethora of other requirements that should be matters of concern between the board and the eventual buyer, NOT the seller.

    These Agenda 21 tyrants need to be removed from their jobs ASAP across America, before it’s too late.

    • Sirian

      That’s the problem Vigilant, so many people don’t realize to what extent Agenda 21 has and is being implemented. What you and so many others are having to put up with besides this woman being confronted with a fine are prime examples. BTW, I used to have a Siberian too – Cybil. A blue eyed beauty :)

      • Karolyn

        How does this have anything to do with Agenda 21, Sirian? This has been going on for a long time.

      • paul

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agenda_21
        20 years ago this began so locally we have been experiancing for a long time.

      • Sirian

        Karolyn,
        Please get a copy of this book:
        “Behind The Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21”, by Rosa Koire.
        It will lay it out for you in a very concise, yet clear format as to how and to what end is being strived to accomplish. It will also clarify the various groups/organizations that are very much a part of this and to what extent you yourself would probably be able to find them very close by. In simple terms. . . you’ll be able to see the whole picture, not just one little piece of it. So many people scoff at the mention of U.N. Agenda 21, especially those that have either never heard of it or have never researched it. The book I recommend to you will by all means give you a much better understanding as to the quiet, behind the scenes manner in which this is coercively being played out. Oh yes, BTW, the author sights herself as a “liberal” which she proudly confessed on GBTV.
        Once you’ve read this and checked around in you’re local community you will very doubtfully find Agenda 21 so silly anymore – far from.

    • eddie47d

      Anyone who owns land or even a single family home wants to know what is going to be built on the property next door. That is one reason they have planning boards so the next homeowner or land developer doesn’t get screwed.The board has to know where the sewer lines are coming from and where they will lead to. Can they be hooked up to the next property buyers and so forth. Can roads lead in and out of said property without creating traffic problems. Will there be a restaurant or gas station in your back yard or a noisy night club. As rapidly as some communities develop there has to be wise planning among several entities and jurisdictions.

      • HH

        Watch out folks, here comes eddie the troll. We’re not talking about the obvious codes eddie, it’s the ridiculous codes is what we’re talking about. Just to name one, new homes were going in on a hillside lot where I used to work. The roads and curbs had already been installed and the building inspector came by and noticed the silt fence didn’t go ALL the way around the property. BUT the silt fence started at the top of the hill at the edge of the curb, went down the hill around the lower side of the property and back up the other side to the curb. This idiot building inspector said the silt fence needed to go across the top along side the curb! I reminded him that rainwater ran DOWN HILL!!!

      • eddie47d

        I think HH is doing a little trolling himself. Nothing you said had to do with what Vigilant had mentioned.

      • Vigilant

        eddie, my land is zoned agricultural and a sale of just land without future crystal ball intentions of the buyer, in my mind, has nothing to do with what the planning and zoning board are requiring of me for subdivision.

        As it happens, I have a buyer, but if I didn’t, why should they require ANYTHING from me, the seller, with regards to subdivision? A year ago, I had no buyer. Had I tried to subdivide the land then, how was I supposed to know (or care) what the future buyer would use the property for? Whether he wants to use it for agricultural operations, home construction, a toxic waste dump or leave it forever wild was no concern of mine.

        In other words, the things “needed” by the planners is, or should be, ONLY between the buyer and the board, NOT the seller and the board.

      • Rick

        If they paid for the property and they pay the tasxes on it, it is thiers to do as they see fit. I undersstand having rules on how things most be built for safety and health issues bu, what they do on THEIR property is their business and no one elses.In this case if she wants to give out food blankets or bottles of soda that’s her business and anyone who doesn’t like it can go piss up aThey need to be put in their place. and reminded they work for the people not to be the peopels keepers rope. It is just like Bloomberg butting his nose in where it is none of his business. They need to be put in their place and reminded they work for the people not to be the people’s keeper.Let’s fire all politicians and have 3 votes a year for laws and let every registered voter have a say in how things are done.

    • HH

      That’s only the half of it Vigilant, they will tax you to the hilt with these ridiculous codes and ordinances THEN when the home owner buys the lot THEY will be taxed AGAIN for the same codes and ordinances!

      • Vigilant

        You’re right, HH, and every month that the board holds up this subdivision, the more school and property taxes I have to pay.

      • HH

        It doesn’t stop there either, I live in a subdivided neighborhood, my home is almost 30 years old. Last year I replaced my front porch/deck for the first time…. I had to get a permit just to REPLACE it, I wasn’t changing it just replacing it! Cost me $80 for a permit! My friends told me to just do it and not get the permit, I couldn’t do that because there is an ordinance patrol in our town and I see him drive by my house 2 or 3 times a week. There was no way I could have gotten by with out a permit!

        I had to submit my plans for the replacement and bought my permit, the building inspector told me to install the foundation post and then call him for an inspection. I did that and after I constructed the porch I had call him for a final inspection. It’s been 14 months and I’ve not seen the inspector for the final inspection yet! It was just a matter of the money, they really didn’t care what my construction was like… it’s all about the money!!!

    • Karolyn

      You are so right about zoning ordinances, Vig. And this has been going on for a very long time. I moved to SC just after this county got their first Zoning ordinances, and that was only 7 years ago. It’s even worse in areas like this where they don’t even know what they’re doing. Then of course there’s the power trip they are on.

  • By George

    “You have to pay”…that’s the montra from government(s) that engage in wealth redistribution. It’s all about government. Government, at all levels, want all people to turn to them for their daily support. This is shoving socialism down our throats but it presents another good opportunity for a civic minded attorney to represent her in court, and convince a jury otherwise. Government demands obedience simply because it makes rules. I don’t think so. Stupid rules by stupid people should be challenged, always. Nullification is the name of the game and jury’s can do it!

    • http://personalliberty tazz7859

      Unfortunately, it will take a war to change things.History is repeating again!!

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THERE IS A HEALTH CONCERN. WHAT IF SOMEONE BECOMES SICK FROM EATING Angela Prattis’ FOOD? HOMELESS SHELTERS ARE INSPECTED BY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS.

    • Chester

      Mr. Horton, what dream world do YOU live in? Most homeless shelters are just that, shelters. A lot of them fall more into the class of hotels or motels, so there may be a restaurant type facility associated with them that is inspected, but many of the residents are allowed to cook in their rooms as well.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Chester,”

        IN MEMPHIS, ANY PLACE (INCLUDING SHELTERS) WHICH SERVES FOOD HAS TO BE INSPECTED BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. HOMELESS SHELTERS IN MEMPHIS HAVE THEIR OWN KITCHENS. WELL-BEHAVED RESIDENTS WHO ARE LONG-TERM COOK THE FOOD.

        AT THE SHELTERS IN MEMPHIS, RESIDENTS SLEEP ON BUNK BEDS IN A LARGE OPEN ROOM. EXCESS RESIDENTS SLEEP ON THE FLOOR.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        When I lived in Memphis I peresonaly heard Memphis health inspectors say “I am going to fail that establishment because I don’t like them”. With that attitude they care nothing for what is right but rather just their jobs and petty grievences against others.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Buster the Anatolian,”

        ON THURSDAYS, MEMPHIS NEWS REPORTS RESTAURANT-INSPECTION SCORES. YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AT THE HIGH NUMBER OF FAILING RESTAURANTS – CHEMICALS IN FOOD PREP AREAS, NO HOT WATER, FOOD PREPARERS WITH POOR HYGIENE, ETC. SOME RESTAURANTS EVEN FAIL AFTER RE-INSPECTION.

      • Karolyn

        Are you sure? The homeless shelters I’ve seen in the news all have communal living arrangements. I seriously doubt that a mentally ill homeless person would be allowed to cook in a room of his own.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,”

        MA’AM, I ASSUME YOU LIVE IN THE NORTH. IN MEMPHIS, HOMELESS SHELTERS ARE “TIED” TO THE CHURCH.

        IF YOU ARE A HOMELESS MALE WHO WANTS A PLACE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A 30-60 MINUTE CHURCH SERVICE IN ORDER TO GET A MEAL AND A BED (OR, FLOOR MAT). ALL RESIDENTS SIT IN A LARGE OPEN ROOM FOR CHURCH SERVICE. THIS SAME ROOM IS USED TO FEED THE RESIDENTS. BECAUSE SOME OF THE HOMELESS RECEIVE “DISABILITY” CHECKS, THEY PAY THE SHELTER $6 PER NIGHT FOR 26-27 NIGHTS [4 NIGHTS EACH MONTH ARE FREE]. THESE PEOPLE WHO PAY BY THE MONTH TO STAY AT THE SHELTERS ARE THE ONES WHO COOK AND SERVE THE FOOD. AFTER RESIDENTS FINISH EATING AND ATTENDING CHURCH IN THE LARGE ROOM, THE TABLES AND CHAIRS ARE REMOVED SO RESIDENTS WHO COULD NOT GET A BED CAN SLEEP ON THE FLOOR. THOSE WHO ARE FORTUNATE TO GET A BED, SLEEP IN A LARGE OPEN ROOM WHICH HAS ABOUT 72 BUNK BEDS. MOST RESIDENTS SLEEP ON THE FLOOR.

    • http://google gary gerke

      How many people get sick from eating at someones home? Many people get sick eating at resturants that are inspected!!!! That is an absurd comment!

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “gary gerke,”

        SIR, THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY TO YOU IS I LIVE IN THE SOUTH. MANY PEOPLE I KNOW DO NOT HAVE “SPIC-N-SPAN” HOMES – COCKROACHES, ETC. MY MOTHER TAUGHT MY SIBLINGS AND I NOT TO GO TO “ANYBODY’S HOUSE” AND EAT.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “gary gerke,”

        I WANT TO EXPLAIN. SIR, YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE NEGRO COMMUNITY.

        MANY NEGROES WHO ARE IN THE MIDDLE- AND UPPER-CLASSES KNOW (OR, ARE RELATED TO) OTHER NEGROES WHO ARE POOR. NEGROES ARE SELFISH WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY. FOR EXAMPLE, A NEGRO CAN BE A DOCTOR OR LAWYER AND HAVE A SIBLING WHO IS ON WELFARE, OR, HOMELESS.

        HOME SANITATION, HAND-WASHING AND DISH-WASHING IS NOT CONSISTENT IN ALL NEGRO HOMES. THEREFORE, IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO EAT AT NEGROES’ HOMES; UNLESS, YOU KNOW THEM VERY WELL AND KNOW THEIR HYGIENE HABITS.

        MY MOTHER IS VERY “TICKY.” AS CHILDREN, MY SIBLINGS AND I COULD NOT GO TO SOMEONE’S HOME AND EAT. I WAS TWENTY-FOUR-YEARS OLD THE FIRST TIME I ATE MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER’S COOKING.

      • HH

        CAHorton, I bet you get sick a lot! Probably because you haven’t been exposed to very many germs like most of the population. You can blame you mother for that! So if you DO eat something with a germ in it “God forbid” you probably get sick because you have NO immune system!

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “HH,”

        MY FATHER AND MOTHER ARE LIKE “NIGHT AND DAY.”

        MY FATHER WOULD LET MY SIBLINGS AND I EAT GAME MEAT AND FARM FOOD. BUT, AFTER WE ATE IT, MY FATHER AND MOTHER WOULD HAVE A “BIG-TIME” ARGUMENT ABOUT IT. MY MOTHER BELIEVES IN “GOVERNMENT-INSPECTED” FOOD.

        NO – I DO NOT GET SICK A LOT. I GO TO RESTAURANTS ALL THE TIME. I ALSO EAT AT FRIENDS’ HOMES. I CAN DO THESE THINGS BECAUSE I AM AN ADULT. MY MOTHER WOULD ALLOW MY SIBLINGS AND I [AS, CHILDREN] TO EAT IN RESTAURANTS BECAUSE THEY WERE “GOVERNMENT-INSPECTED;” BUT, WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT IN SOMEONE’S HOME.

        ALTHOUGH I WAS BORN ON A FARM, MY FATHER WAS THE ONE WHO “PUT HIS FOOT DOWN” AND GAVE MY SIBLINGS AND I SOME FARM FOOD [IF WE WANTED IT] – BUT, MY MOTHER “RAISED HELL.” USUALLY, MY SISTERS WOULD NOT EAT IT TO MAKE MY MOTHER HAPPY; MY BROTHERS AND I ATE IT TO MAKE MY FATHER HAPPY.

        • HH

          That’s fine but you don’t have to YELL!!!

    • Ken

      You obviously know little to nothing about the “Health (oxymoron) Department”.

    • cpa

      Give me a F)#$*(ing break. So you would rather children die starving in the street waiting for the government to come ’round with a hand out? Do you understand the complete ineptitude of the government to handle, organize, or take care of anything responsibly let alone quickly or efficiently? We need government to inspect our food before homeless and starving people can be feed via an individual’s generosity – really? As if government inspections keep people from getting sick from restaurants either. This lady beats a homeless shelter any day and I’d take my chances in her kitchen before any government agency waiting to get a sandwich for these kids.

      • 45caliber

        To a government official some “casualties are acceptable” in the pursuit of whatever they want. And that is usually complete control over others. If some die in the process, then those “sacrifices” are acceptable. That’s why there are vaccines. Yes, some do have adverse problems and die from them. But the majority can usually gain from taking them. So from a government’s standpoint, the casualties are acceptable. If children starve to death because they can’t get on some government program, that is acceptable too as long as the government can control those who do get on it.

  • Randy131

    One would think that Americans had the right to invite whomever they wanted into their home and feed them whatever they wanted, without the local government getting involved in someone’s private actions that they take in their own homes, for just where does governments’ power end, if not in the privacy of one’s home.

    • Vigilant

      Exactly. I’m having an “old gang” reunion barbeque tomorrow in my backyard; perhaps I should keep the 16 gauge handy for the food police.

      • cawmun cents

        Naw!……
        .410 is good enough for em’.
        Why waste prime hunting ammo on federal employees?
        I dont know what knd of deer yu have in your neck of the woods,but 16 ga. should be used for deer or elk,if you can get that close to em’.
        Most feds will run once they hear the round chamber,to go get their progressive buddies in the ATF to come and root you out…..haw!
        Cheers!
        -CC.

      • 45caliber

        cc:

        Just wave a toy gun in their general direction. They will run!

        LOL. Remember the Yellowstone fire about 20-25 years ago? The one they let burn since “it is nature’s way”?

        I saw a news article that winter I almost fell out of my chair laughing about. Some animal rights people from CA went to the park rangers at Yellowstone and had them go to a ranch (with a reporter and cameraman) to force the rancher to stop feeding the elk and deer that had fled the fire. They came to a rancher who was tossing bales of hay off a trailer to the animals that were so starved they would walk right up to the wagon and scarcely move for him.

        They explained that it was “nature’s way” to starve the animals. The rancher explained that it was his hay and that he could do as he wished with it. The ranger said the animals were from the park and belonged to the government – so he couldn’t feed them. And if he tried, the rangers would arrest the rancher for it.

        The rancher walked to his pickup and pulled out a rifle. “You are trespassing on my property,” he said. “If you aren’t off it in three minutes, I start shooting!”

        The cameraman didn’t run but the rest did. They almost fought to see who would get in their vehicle first. And they didn’t come back.

  • Chester

    Randy131, the problem with that is the fact that she is NOT inviting them into her HOME, but supplying meals from a gazebo in her back yard. This is one of those cases where the location DOES make a huge difference.

    • Mike Horn

      OK Chester;
      So, you’re saying that we can’t invite our neighbors over for a Bar B Q unless we get a permit from the government first ?????

    • Big Woody

      Chester, you are a twit. Once you leave the street and cross the easement (property stolen from a home owner so the govt can lease it to utility companies) you are at my home. whether you are in my house or on my yard. My house, garage wood shed, patio, yard and gazebo are all part of my home. Zoning, if it involves the discretion of it’s enforcers is unconstitutional. If THEY feel they can ban this woman from allowing others to eat freely at her home, then they must require anybody that has a party that includes food to meet the same requirements they are trying to impose on this woman. Whether her guests are needy or drunks she is entitled to equal treatment under the law. When the board feels it wants to ban me serving birthday cake for my grandson’s party, and feels their decisions will allow them to be re-elected, then and only then should they go after anybody that gives free food away. I hope one or more of the board members has had a party, wedding, graduation at their homes and a complaint is filed against these hypocrites. Zoning elitists have gone after lemonade stands, church and school bake sales and Halloween trick or treaters. It is time WE tell our governing entities what rules we want to live by and they cannot come into our homes.

      • eddie47d

        Some of you are definitely going off the wall in claiming birthday parties and BBQ’s are being banned. Unless you have an extremely loud and raunchy get together and the police are called I think you are safe.

      • HH

        eddie, you never understand what’s been written. NO ONE said birthday parties and BBQ’s are being banned. All I read was that is where it’s headed if this keeps up!

      • phideaux

        Yeah HH, eddie almost always mis-reads what was said usualy deliberately so he can critisize it.

      • eddie47d

        Woody mentioned the BBQ scenario and “Big” mentioned the birthdays. Yes I can read and comprehend!

  • JimH

    No good deed goes unpunished.

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  • Ken

    Government and “Agenda 21″ are all based on dependence and enslavement…..without meeting these goals their plan will fail – and they are determined that it will not fail.

    This woman is being targeted for those reasons and one other; her Christian/ Roman Catholic values are being attacked – hence the reason for their seeking it’s demise. Compassion and charity are at the heart of this piece of the puzzle – without these values
    it brings us lower than the level of animal behaviour and thus, more easily managed.

    • eddie47d

      She would have been told to cease and desist even if she was a Mongolian sheepherder. Her religion had nothing to do with the issue. Her generosity or religious affiliation is not being questioned. I would agree it would be silly for her to have to get a permit because then her home/property would have to be rezoned as a business. Kind of a Catch-22 situation.

      • HH

        I guarantee you eddie that if she were MUSLIM they would have looked the other way!

      • Karolyn

        HH – Oh, you GUARANTEE that? Wow, it must be nice to be a psychic.

        • HH

          Ok, let me say that if she were Mexican………………. don’t have to be psychic to see that! Look what both races get away with in our country now! Muslim’s being able to use shariah law over the laws of our land and illegal Mexicans getting a free pass!

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “HH,”

        I ASSUME Ms. Prattis IS NEGRO, SINCE THE CHILDREN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH ARE NEGRO. HOMELESS NEGROES WOULD BE AFRAID TO EAT AT A CAUCASIAN FEMALE’S HOME. NO – THEY WOULD NOT “LOOK THE OTHER WAY” FOR ISLAMIC PEOPLE.

      • Rick

        Hey Eddie better plan next time the government idiots come on her NOTE HER property the neighbors need to get tot=gether and give them a beat doen and a warning thi9s i9s our commnity not yo0urs. If you don’t like it there is a road out of town in any direction you want pick on and get on it. Not one is being harmed and it is her proerty and she can do any damn thing she wwants on it and they need to learn that.Then if that doesn’t solve the problem the council would be next. they need to learn the people rule whether they like it or not. People want leaders and representaives not rulers and keepers.it is not a business since she is not making money from it. in case you forget making money is why people are in business.

      • eddie47d

        HH and Rick are oddly off base in what I said. I guess you do have the freedom to say anything no matter how far fetched it is and not related to what I said. .

  • Corsica

    So she has to pay $1,000 for the privilege of feeding poor kids out of her own pocket? Pay who? Fk that sh*t! Gov’t tyranny at it’s best.

  • eddy114

    They worry about exempting people from the law? The president ignores the law(constitution) every chance he gets!

  • Gatlin2

    As a PA resident lets “VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT OF OFFICE AND CHANGE THE GD LAW”. What have we bocome except sheep – sheep get slaughtered.

  • http://google gary gerke

    RIGHT ON!!!!!!!! I wish I had said that!!!!!!!!!

  • HH

    They ought to be paying her! What a bunch of idiots we have in government!

    Gatlin2, we can’t vote them out fast enough to suit me!!!

    • Antonio

      lol, and you still think that the troops are fighting for your freedom….lol
      Maybe you should stop supporting the troops and start supporting the militias. If you want your freedom back your gonna have to take it back because nobody and I mean nobody will ever give you freedom. Meanwhile enjoy the great police states of America…

  • Big Woody

    I have seen pictures of Ms. Prattis on all the news media. God bless you woman. I have not seen pictures of the official that wrote her up. I have not seen picturs of the zoning board members. I would like to see all their pics and their names and pics of their homes so their neighbors will know that, yes, these are the scumbags that are persecuting this woman and trying to change the nickname of what used to be the CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE. So far all we have heard about is a faceless government that is protecting us by harrassing this good woman.
    Pay $1000 to go in front of the zoning board to ask permission to give food away? The city is forcing her to go so there should be no charge. In fact they should pay her for her time and trouble when they issue her an apoligy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/green.e.lady.5 Green Eyed Lady

    FYI Eric Bolling of Fox News & Business sent the $$ to the city on her behalf!

    • Action not Words

      Decent of them. However I would have waited to see what was going to be upheld or dismissed in court. What’s next exceeding capacity in a private residence?

      • 45caliber

        Action:

        We’ve already arrived there. Some gal in Houston had 6-8 kids. She owned a trailer. Some government CPS idiot wanted to seize all the kids because they were “too crowded”.

  • Franklyn Molina

    Remember what Michael Savage keeps telling us, friends: “The more power THEY have, the less YOU have.”

  • Rick

    I remember seeing the signs in state and national parks “Do Not Feed the Animals”.There were two reasons for this. One-if you feed them, they develop an expectation of being fed (entitlement?) and do not try to learn how they should find their own food. Two-if you do not feed them, they be come belligerent and attack. Philadelphia is treating poor human beings like animals.

    • HH

      These are hungry KIDS for cryin’ out loud! They need to be fed AND educated so they can learn to be a productive member of our society. If they were adults it MAY be different but the government doles out free food for adults ALL THE TIME!!!

  • gunner689AI

    The bottom line is that whoever controls the source of substanance controls the population.
    Obviously the gvt. wants to play that role by creating a nanny state.

    • http://www.hayesbabs@aol.com Barbara

      I agree the goverment wants us to turn to them for everthing.We are one stept to becoming a country that the goverment controls us in ever way. I think the lady that is feeding those kids is being tested to see how the people feels about it Of course I donn’t think the gov. gives a hoot what we think as long as they get controll.

  • ASIM ALI

    $1000 IT IS ABOUT GOVERNMENT CONTROL!!!! SHE SHOULD SET UP A ACCOUNT WHERE PEOPLE COULD DONATE TO HER CAUSE.

    • Vigilant

      The state already pays for the lunches she serves.

      • phideaux

        Provide some proof of that Vigilant. Of the articles I have read about this NONE have indicated in any way the state was paying for the meals. Rather ALL have said she was doing it out of her own pocket.

      • Karolyn

        The food comes from Catholic Charities and is funded by the state. (Christian Science Monitor).http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2012/0817/Lunch-lady-No-fines-for-her-free-lunches-but-a-fee

      • phideaux

        Thanks for the source Karolyn. I do wonder about the accuracy of it though, if the state is furnishing the food or funding to purchase the food to a religious charity the ACLU would most likely be all over it because it violates the “total seperation of church and state” ideals they champion.

  • Karolyn

    Does this have aything to do with the health department? In most places, you cannot serve food to people made in an unlicensed, uninspected kitchen. This has been in placce for a long time. I am not supporting the city’s stance; however, the law is the law. If she hadn’t gotten any publicity, she could havve gone on forever. Fortunately, I live in a state where things are more lax than in the more developed states. I can bake cupcakes and sell them at the flea market without worrying too much about the law coming down on me. They probably could, but don’t. BTW, I live in rural SC

    • Let’s Be Real

      Something to think about here. I have seen and helped homeless and starving people many different times and in 4 different states here in the good ole USA. I’ve helped them out by providing them with food and with jobs so they could have some money to get by on. In helping these people, I have found out that most of them at one point or another have had to reduce themselves to getting food out of trash cans. Sometimes from behind eateries and sometimes out of the trash cans at someone’s house. If there is a chance of these people getting sick, it would be from these instances and not as likely as when they get food from this lady. If these governmental idiots don’t have anything better to do than to harrass this lady just for helping out, maybe we could find something for them to do. Maybe we should require them staff a soup line a couple a days a week and pass out soup and sandwiches to the homeless and hungry in their own neighborhoods. This may give them a better perspective of what is really going on and not viewing the masses from their ivory towers.

      • tim clark

        well sd…

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Let’s Be Real,”

        IN MEMPHIS, SOME CHURCHES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA SERVE HOT LUNCHES TO THE HOMELESS EVERYDAY. SOME OF THESE CHURCHES ALSO GIVE “VOUCHERS” TO THE HOMELESS WHO HAVE UTILIZED THEIR FOUR MONTHLY FREE NIGHTS AT THE SHELTERS. HOMELESS PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO MONEY ARE ABLE TO GET AN EXTRA ONE-TO-THREE FREE NIGHT[S] STAY AT THE SHELTERS BECAUSE OF THESE CHURCHES’ OUTREACH.

      • Rick

        Better yet if this is all they have to worry about then we don’t need them and fire them and let them get a real job.

  • FreedomFighter

    Another sign of “over regulation”?

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • r.p.

    Geeze Wizzzz…. Let’s see, hmmmn… Obama is above the law, as is Eric Holder………….. all the members of congress and the senate are exempt of the law. The Police??? The Judges??? I had a judge in court tell me “he will decide what my rights will be”, so it’s apparent that he personally writes the laws. It’s obvious to me that there are two seperate definitions of the LAW. On one side, you are the oppressed, on the other side you are the tyrant.

  • http://yahoo sylvia everette

    Its getting pretty bad when you can not feed a hungry child Just think though Putin just put a group of singers in prison for making fun of him Look out looks like we are headed there to

  • richard e. baxter

    this bs…. the guy must be a republican or works for obama.. either way, feeding people should not be a bad thing. and she is helping out the community, which is rare…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.roe.750 Bill Roe

    There are rules against charity? Feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, sheltering the homeless? Jesus would be in jail for life for his preaching on the subject. He would be considered an agitator, rabble rouser, a “subversive”!

    • HH

      “Jesus would be in jail for life for his preaching on the subject. He would be considered an agitator, rabble rouser, a “subversive”!”

      Well Bill he was…… by the Jewish elite who crucified him.

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  • Antonio

    ok lemme see if iam understnd dis craaaaaap
    1….u cant have rainy water
    2….u cant frow a frisbe on the baech in LA
    3…u cant have a lemonade stando in ur owno yardo
    4…u cant speako sum word witout beein charg wit a hate crime
    5…u cant fly witout beein voilated
    6…u cant hav ur owno persona gardin
    7….u cant say a prayer in public
    8….u cant talk on da fono witout beein recordd
    9….u cant walk arcoss da streat witout getin a tickey
    10….u cant giv ur owno kido he lonch foo schul
    n NOW u cant evan giv sum1 fuud!!
    an u peopels steell supurting da troops foo fighin foo urs freedooms ???
    yeppy i getit nowo
    If yall beleve theey be fighiin foo ur freedooms u bes a sucka
    A message to all you speell cheeks u mind as weeel correcto da misspelo wurds befoo they mak dat illegal toooooooooooooooooo!!

    • r.p.

      :)

    • Rick

      Antoni what is your hard on about our tropps? This has nothing to do with them. If you really want to blame someone blame the fools who keep getting elected. sandf make these stupid rules.

      • Antonio

        Dear Rick,
        This has a lot to do with our troops. We have spent our entire lives being told to support our troops because they fight and die for our freedoms, right? As you can see here in this article and many others just like it, you/we have NO freedoms. With that being said, what are the troops doing then? Are they defending our borders? NO Are they defending our rights and freedoms under the constitution? NO Are they dying for our freedom? NO Just give it some thought and you will be able to see it.
        Plain and simple, The troops are being used to further empower the united nations and their dream to dominate the world with world globalization. A one world totalitarian state. What? You don’t believe that? Well here is a quote by Henry Kissinger –> “MILITARY MEN ARE DUMB STUPID ANIMALS TO BE USED AS PAWNS FOR FOREIGN POLICY” Antonio Jefferson :)

    • M Williams

      Am wid yaz….an din no ned spl ck

      • antonio

        Thank You :)

  • Richard Bunney

    I thought I heard it all !! Let me see if I understand this correctly . The city of Philadelphia says this citizen needs to pay to play she did pay you pompous greedy city government . She pays taxes and she payed for the food she is giving the kids . We all talk about how we wish it was like in the older days when neighbors cared about each other and helped each other out . Who gives a crap if she isn’t an official food shelter . How much you wanna bet the kids are African American ?? If it was a White woman feeding white kids they would have had a half hr special talking about how helpful she is and how she is bettering the community . No wonder the races can’t get along the ” Leaders ” keep putting a wedge between us . Just let the lady do what she is doing and do something productive .

    • tim clark

      the more i see about this injustice the angrier i get…this is insane…

  • John

    All I can say is WOW! Is this what our world has come to, punishing someone for being kind and helping kids get a decent meal?!

  • the big easy

    I have read many of these comments about how people should follow the laws of the land.If you do it for then you would have to do it for everyone————–Well COMRADES——————-I ask you to explain how is it that the flea-infested flea-bagger what’s in charge in the white house now can do such as sue the various states for trying to protect the Citizens of those states from the ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS that are doing such as MURDERS,RAPES,ROBBERIES,STEALING I.D’S,etc.,etc.,getting FREE (to them) health-obummer-care,schooling,welfare,food stamps,housing,jobs,transportation,etc.,etc.,when the MAIN job of the imum in the white house is to protect the AMERICAN Borders from ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS,where ever they come from.What about that LAW COMRADES ? ? ? ? ——————And then you COMRADES have the imum in the white house suing various states for voters to actually have a bona-fide I.D.,so as to have a,one (correct ) person,one vote.————-
    —————What a bunch of pukes———————-

  • Action not Words

    At what point or what will it take before we ALL realize that we are being dupped and come together to save our home and future. Alot of people here screaming PROVE IT PROVE IT!!! Can’t you see it before your eyes everyday all over this GREAT land.DENIAL!! It’s ok! We can still come together and change this. As soon as you come down from your SOAP BOX take off your PLATFORM SHOES. REST, RELAX, BREATH IN ,BREATH OUT !!! Now take a good look around and realize… WOW this really is a consorted effort to enslave ALL of AMERICA !!!!

  • http://makepotlegal555.org melanie marshall

    Government theft, and it is UGLY. They think their plans WORK, too. HA! How do people far away get into shelters?? LEAVE US ALONE, GOVERNMENT SNOOPS AND ROBBERS!!!

  • Cathy Rodriguez

    This all boils down to government dependency. They want the poor and the hungry to a ply for welfare. We are not to help them. More on welfare the more taxes we pay. The government will then say what they can and cannot have. The government wants control. And now she has to pay $600.00 fine, plus $1000.00 more to continue her program. An excuse for the government to get more money to line their own pockets.

    • 45caliber

      Exactly.

  • Teresa

    Are you freaking kidding me???? We can’t feed hungry children now?? The gov’t wants us to be as heartless as they are! It’s charity it should within every human being to wanna help the less fortunate especially children God help us…

  • Talldarkandhandsome 2012

    That Doesn’t make sense!!! I mean about obeying the law!!For Example we have a Person ,That can not prove he is a Natural born Citizen of this Nation serving as President (Talk about breaking laws,and being Unconstitutional !!!)This sounds like a lot of B.S. to me!!!!

  • Braveand daring 2012

    If I was the lady,i would tell them where to stick their laws !!!

  • ashanti

    As a christian I myself feel that its cruel to see a child or adult who is hungry and not do anything about it Yea I know there are shelters for the homeless but saddly alot of the children who are hungry arnt homeless there parents who work hour after hour to earn money bairly make enough to pay bills let alone buy food for there familys. its these same people who get denied assistance to buy food what is the sence in that.

  • Fedup 2012

    ashanti I Agree with you100% per cent!!!When is it against the law to do good????If there were more people like this” LADY”,I’m sure there would less hungry childern in the world!!! Perhaps the Goverment thinks that people can not fed themselves without their help,or if this catches on,there would be less federal welfare workers!!!!

    • 45caliber

      It could well be that reason. Many years ago, a town in Maryland hired everyone on welfare in their town who applied for welfare at minimum wage to get them off welfare. After six months there were only two on welfare since, if they had to work anyway, they found better paying jobs. The Welfare Dept. got a court ruling that this was illegal since it would basically end the Welfare Dept. if word got out to other cities. (The ruling stated that by “forcing” the poor to work to support themselves instead of drawing “free” money from the government, that it was a form of slavery.)

  • http://Williams Henry

    Why is it the President can ignore the law but a citizen trying to feed hungry children must pay to do it, this is where the long arm of the Gov. needs to be cut off at the elbow, Kester you are a total [expletive deleted], and you need to be put out on the street with these children, maybe then you could see this wrong you are pepertrating.

  • http://wildeyguns.com The Christian American

    About 10 or 12 years ago. Mother Theresa’s ministry made plans to purchase old buildings in Harelm and refurbish as homes for the homeless. They were sound brick buildings complete with plumbing, electric and everything else they’d need. Enter government. They told her she would have to install elevators to accomplish what they planned on. The cost of new elevators was so high they had to abandon the project. The homeless had to stay on the street and abandon non tax paying builds were left to deteroriate.
    It seems the people in government trade common sense for a by the book mentality. God created humans with the ability to reason and think. These people, in their zeal to get away from God, give up those abilities. Take away a manual and they’d be back in stone age.

    • 45caliber

      Some years ago after Hurricane Andrew (I think) the government gave out flood relief money to the victims who lost their homes. The victims simply wanted to rebuild the homes but the government insisted that the homeowners had to build “handicap” bathrooms. One official stated that these were needed because “you never knew when someone who was handicapped might drive by and need to borrow the bathroom.”

  • Kem

    So in other words the zoning laws in that neighborhood prevent residents from having birthday parties for their children outside. or BBQ’s or family gatherings, because all of these are feed a large amount of people for free, I know their are laws you cant babysit more then 20 children per adult, but this does not apply she is not babysitting or getting paid. So what rules have to be followed? What exact rule is she ignoring?

    • 45caliber

      Getting an expensive license.

  • Fedup 2012

    I Agree Kem!!!This is really Dumb##s if you ask me!!!,we are to tell obama to obey the laws(of course he would have to leave office if he did!!!)

  • 45caliber

    “The local government has tried to get citizens to quit feeding the hungry, hoping that doing so will force the poor into shelters.”

    They want to get the poor dependent upon government for care.

    But I think the real key is the money. They want Prattis to get a special $1000 license.

  • 45caliber

    ““She wants us to bypass or exonerate her from the zoning hearing. She just doesn’t want to pay to do things the right way. We can’t just start exempting everyone from our laws. If you do one, you’ve got to do everybody,” Kester said.”

    And this is a problem? Perhaps the zoning laws are wrong!

    Alvin, TX, has a small group of people who wanted zoning. After 11-12 failures on elections, they finally put the bill onto a special election that no one was expected to attend – and they didn’t tell anyone in town it was on the ballot. It passed – barely – because only those who wanted zoning knew about it.

    The very next election it was back on the ballot to get rid of it. The zoners took it to court on the argument that they had worked hard for years to get it passed and “it wasn’t fair that the people wanted to get rid of it now that it was passed.”

    Sounds sort of like Oblamacare, doesn’t it?

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  • http://cdewick@tds.net Nothingtobedone

    I had a similar happening in Knoxville. I pulled over to the side of the road to give a bag of food to a homeless man–he was just sitting on the grass, not hitch-hiking, not displaying any signs, not causing any disturbance, but I could see he was in need. I keep bags of food in my car to distribute to anyone in need. A police officer pulled up behind me, came to my vehicle and asked me what I thought I was doing. He told me it was unsafe to hand out food, that the city has shelters and missions to accommodate these people, and I should “move on.” Unbelievable!

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