The best in arts & entertainment, news, pop culture, and your mom since 2002.

[Total: 51    Average: 3.8/5]
55 Comments - View/Add
Hits: 22457
Rating: 3.8
Category:
Date: 02/24/11 03:00 PM

55 Responses to Florida Man Cleans Up Litter, Now Faces Arrest

  1. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    32805 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    Link: Florida Man Cleans Up Litter, Now Faces Arrest - When a man organizes his community to clean it up, the Mayor says he`s a criminal! Nice job, Florida.
  2. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    I understand this all too well. I had to go through a massive amount of bureaucracy when I organized a community cleanup back in High School. I understand why it`s there, property owners have rights too, but there needs to be a simpler way to do the right thing.
  3. Profile photo of Nlupu
    Nlupu Male 18-29
    229 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    A commercial? really?? WTF IAB!?!
  4. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
    2798 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    About time a community who exists on hand-outs steps up and does stuff for themselves. The people who do not see this as positive are ridiculous. Property owners do have rights, sure... but they also have an obligation to keep their property safe and liability free... they were not doing that.
  5. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    This is why we cant have masked vigilantes :-(
  6. Profile photo of ProBo
    ProBo Male 18-29
    42 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    171 Posts Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:10:53 PM
    A commercial? really?? WTF IAB!?!

    That was from whoever hosts the video. Not IAB.
  7. Profile photo of max5121
    max5121 Male 18-29
    272 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    right on brother!
  8. Profile photo of xiquiripat
    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2422 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    It`s a proven sociological fact that run-down and dilapidated properties increase crime in a community.
  9. Profile photo of simbha
    simbha Male 30-39
    412 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    @splurbyburbl: I agree with the spirit of what you said but this line surprises me...

    "About time a community who exists on hand-outs steps up and does stuff for themselves."

    What in the story tells you that this community exists on hand-outs?
  10. Profile photo of pixiechick81
    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
    838 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    He cut down trees? Did I hear that right. I mean that seems like a pretty important point that was omitted.
  11. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
    1081 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    Wow, Belle Glade is really close to where I live, yet I didn`t know this happened.
  12. Profile photo of skypirate
    skypirate Male 18-29
    2402 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STICK TO WHAT ITS MADE FOR, DEFENSE AND COURTS...THATS IT.
  13. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7469 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    fight the power man, fight the power. but this time, get the okays first.
  14. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
    2868 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    @skypirate- if the Government is limited to just defense and courts, who will write the laws?

    Also, protip- writing things in allcaps doesn`t magically make them true.
  15. Profile photo of SmilinSam
    SmilinSam Female 18-29
    3599 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    wow... this is why we can`t have nice things. the government gets in the way of EVERYTHING.
  16. Profile photo of sidewyz8
    sidewyz8 Female 18-29
    843 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    The mayor`s just pissed that this guy is actually doing something and making him look bad
  17. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
    4017 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    Meh, trespassing is trespassing. These "local" news teams always gloss over the law.

    I mean, each of those property owners who had their property "cleaned" could sue for trespass. There were lawful ways to get this done - he should have approached city council with a plan and volunteered his equipment.

    You can`t just start walking onto people`s land with your tractors. I know you mean well, but you can`t.

  18. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
    4017 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    Also, there was no mention of ARREST in the video.

    DID YOU HEAR THE CHILD AT THE END? DUDE CUT DOWN TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. Thats bulls*it, you can`t do that. This was more than cleaning - this was razing. What little value those crappy homes had was diminished by this man removing trees.
  19. Profile photo of handimanner
    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm
    A danish study proved that litter encourages crime. Those darn black mischief makers, the gall!!!!
    Wonder how much of that was white trash???
  20. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7469 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    handimanner, its not that litter encourages crime, it just encourages lower class of crime.
  21. Profile photo of jinxiejae
    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2927 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm
    wtf florida? clean up your sh*t!!!
  22. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
    2868 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    @goaliejerry- The law is the law, but it only works when it`s enforced evenly. In this case, these property owners were not upholding their LEGAL responsibility to take care of their properties, and the government was failing in its responsibility to enforce the LAW and make them do so. This is definitely a case where citizens "taking the law into their own hands" was totally appropriate. What else were they supposed to do? These are people who got off their ass and cleaned up their community when property owners and government officials alike had decided it wasn`t worth their time to do so.
  23. Profile photo of NotTHATbored
    NotTHATbored Female 18-29
    1101 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    It`s not really fair that the government isn`t making the property owners clean up their acts in the first place. If people left trash, debris, and weeds grow in their yards around where I`m from they would be notified and fined by the county. It doesn`t exactly look to me like he went and cut down any 100 year old maples either, nor was he alone in his actions. The whole community is trying to better itself and they shouldn`t be punished for cutting down weeds that provide refuge for rapists and drug dealers.
  24. Profile photo of n0n
    n0n Male 18-29
    342 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    while that makes sense goaliejerry, any decent citizen knows that going by the state to get anything done wastes time, and often causes like this get buried under beaurocracy or just recieve no interest at all. like he said, the state has let those properties fall in to disrepair for years. we can`t let the state make the calls in cases like these - because they won`t.
  25. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
    4290 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    Well, hold on a second. From what the kid said, it sounds like he cut down someone else`s trees. That`s not cool.
  26. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
    2033 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    Ok it sucks that the places are crappy. That doesn`t mean that you can trespass and change things. What If i don;t like my neighbors house? Can I smash it down? Maybe just paint it a new colour?

    Classic slippery slope. You let a guy cut some trees, next there are men marrying horses.
  27. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    Keep it classy Florida. You wouldn`t want people to be happy, clean, and safe. It`s much better to have trash everywhere and hiding places for drug dealers.
  28. Profile photo of chunkymonkie
    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
    670 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    just `cause he`s black
  29. Profile photo of roxybee
    roxybee Female 18-29
    33 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    `Cause he didn`t follow "procedure". No, he took action which is what we SHOULD do! What`s wrong with this world!?!
  30. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    Shypirate said: "THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STICK TO WHAT ITS MADE FOR, DEFENSE AND COURTS...THATS IT."

    Fine. Don`t drive on our highways, and you have a point. Don`t fly on airplanes, and you have a point. Don`t drink water, and you have a point. Don`t eat food bought from grocery stores, and you have a point, otherwise...stfu.
  31. Profile photo of duderlydude
    duderlydude Male 30-39
    110 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm
    BORING
  32. Profile photo of talon0325
    talon0325 Male 40-49
    382 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm
    Too bad that the people want to reclaim the area that they live in. Same as any disaster area. Emergency crews show up late, leave early and leave a mess for the residents to clean up at their expense or the govt will bill them to clean up. WTF was the emergency fund for and where are the funds that all the shady charities collected that are govt protected? Where is the money? Well then let the people that live there take back their streets by cleaning it up. Screw the city rules. You won`t clean it up and enforce your own rules ? Then we will. The people only want a clean , safe place to raise their families. is that to much to ask? And now the powers that be arrest people because they did not follow the rules. Interesting that it took several years of the property owners and the city to not follow the "RULES" , but took less than a few days for the city to respond to someone trespassing and removing garbage. PEOPLE ! If there were at least 1000 people like this man all over
  33. Profile photo of PoopNoodle
    PoopNoodle Male 40-49
    400 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    Sounds like somebody embarrassed the wrong people
  34. Profile photo of Matholameu
    Matholameu Male 70 & Over
    493 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm
    The guys expression at the end is priceless.
  35. Profile photo of ledzeppeloyd
    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
    2385 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 12:33 am
    they just want to arrest him because hes black, they`re just afraid to admit it
  36. Profile photo of _Gandhi
    _Gandhi Male 18-29
    8 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 12:57 am
    @1:24 No trash = No violence. :O Of course!

    (Yes, I realize what she meant)
  37. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
    3076 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 1:05 am
    only in America
  38. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 2:43 am
    If its private property it is the law and understandable
  39. Profile photo of gary8162
    gary8162 Male 40-49
    939 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 4:41 am
    Well, I think there is now going to be a new mayoral candidate in the next race...and he could (and should) win.
  40. Profile photo of KPres
    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 6:31 am
    "Well, hold on a second. From what the kid said, it sounds like he cut down someone else`s trees. That`s not cool."

    Caught that too. Rule #1: Whenever you see a news story that sounds too over the top to be true, look deeper, it probably is. I seriously doubt this guy is in troube for picking up trash.

    I also liked the part where the one guy said "I`m trying to help me and my people." Just wondering who "his people" are. Am I included?
  41. Profile photo of 4moredays
    4moredays Male 30-39
    3 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 7:08 am
    Oh, for pete`s sake! He cut some trees down, so that makes his actions questionable? One guy says he wants to help "His people" and this bothers you?

    The man cleaned up some neglected properties because the city wouldn`t do anything about it. Where I live you would lose your property if you didn`t clean it up because you would be fined so much for it being a health hazard. Where I live we also have a lot of immigrants who helped out "their people", including Germans, Irish, Poles, Italians, Hatians, Puerto Ricans, and Brazilians.

    Ha ha! I bet if he wasn`t one of the scary brown people, none of his words or actions would be questioned. LOOK OUT PASTY-ASSED WHITE BOYS! THEY`RE AFTER YOUR TREEEEEEES!
  42. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 7:43 am
    Trash in trashcans.
  43. Profile photo of KPres
    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 8:01 am
    "Ha ha! I bet if he wasn`t one of the scary brown people, none of his words or actions would be questioned. LOOK OUT PASTY-ASSED WHITE BOYS! THEY`RE AFTER YOUR TREEEEEEES!"

    Hey, I just don`t want to hear a bunch of whining about BRAAACCCISSSMM!!! next time I say "you people". After all, this guy has pretty well established that I`m not one of "your people".

  44. Profile photo of KPres
    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 8:05 am
    Oh, and just to make sure there`s no double standard...

    WATCH OUT YOU CHARCOAL-ASSED BLACK PEOPLE!! TEH GUBMINT`S NOT CLEANING UR TRASH!!
  45. Profile photo of KPres
    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 8:07 am
    And one more thing....

    "Ha ha! I bet if he wasn`t one of the scary brown people, none of his words or actions would be questioned."

    Yeah, if a white person said they`re only out to help other white people in a publicly broadcast interview, that would go over just peachy.
  46. Profile photo of KPres
    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 8:11 am
    And just to be clear, I don`t have a problem with what this guy did. It`s great. I have a problem with the disingenuous way it was presented. Obviously, there`s more to the story they`re not telling us.
  47. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
    770 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 8:16 am
    the lawyers are responcible for this mess. there is no recourse for you in most neighborhoods if you live near neglected property. I am all for property rights, (despite the fact i only rent) But if you cant be bothered to take care of your land, you dont deserve it, and if your neglect starts to create an unsafe or criminal environment for the comunity, it should be taken from you.

    but what do I know? I`m just a renter.
  48. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36665 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 8:57 am
    I applaude the idea of what he`s doing,

    but you cannot go on someone else`s property and cut down the trees without permission of the owner.

    As for all the trash there, the neighborhood people put it there so don`t blame the city or the
    absentee property owners.

    People make their own ghettos.
  49. Profile photo of VAJENGA
    VAJENGA Male 30-39
    532 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 11:18 am
    Well Florida`s in the south and according to redneck law, hes black and was clearly stealing the trash.
  50. Profile photo of NotTHATbored
    NotTHATbored Female 18-29
    1101 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    @Gerry1of1 You can not honestly believe that. I hope you`re just trolling. UGH!

    "People make their own ghettos."

    No, you know what makes a ghetto?!

    An unresponsive government that doesn`t enforce it`s own laws about how a property should be kept! An unresponsive government that takes it`s residents tax money, but doesn`t do anything for them.

    Also in the running:

    Crappy school systems

    Crappy law enforcement agencies

  51. Profile photo of HarryBalszak
    HarryBalszak Male 40-49
    1590 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    The real problem is that he`s taking jobs away from unionized county employees. You know the ones, when you drive by them on the highway, there`s one guy digging a hole with a shovel and four guys supervising him.
  52. Profile photo of 3punks
    3punks Male 30-39
    6 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    i commend him for a job well done. that being said he should have went thru the proper channels first.
  53. Profile photo of Willowwatch
    Willowwatch Female 30-39
    734 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    @HarryBalszak 1. nice name 2. Where I`m from the people picking up trash are defendants from the court system and they call it "community service"
  54. Profile photo of dognesss_666
    dognesss_666 Male 18-29
    103 posts
    February 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    that guys is awesome! go him!
  55. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3431 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 12:02 am
    No good deed ever goes unpunished.

Leave a Reply