Florida Man Cleans Up Litter, Now Faces Arrest

Submitted by: 5cats 6 years ago

When a man organizes his community to clean it up, the Mayor says he"s a criminal! Nice job, Florida.
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Male 3,431
No good deed ever goes unpunished.
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Male 103
that guys is awesome! go him!
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Female 734
@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"
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Male 6
i commend him for a job well done. that being said he should have went thru the proper channels first.
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Male 1,590
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.
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Female 1,101
@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

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Male 532
Well Florida`s in the south and according to redneck law, hes black and was clearly stealing the trash.
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Male 37,889
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.
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Male 770
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.
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Male 309
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.
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Male 309
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.
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Male 309
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!!
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Male 309
"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".

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Male 6,694
Trash in trashcans.
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Male 3
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!
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Male 309
"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?
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Male 945
Well, I think there is now going to be a new mayoral candidate in the next race...and he could (and should) win.
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Male 25,416
If its private property it is the law and understandable
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Male 3,076
only in America
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Male 8
@1:24 No trash = No violence. :O Of course!

(Yes, I realize what she meant)
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Male 2,384
they just want to arrest him because hes black, they`re just afraid to admit it
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Male 493
The guys expression at the end is priceless.
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Male 400
Sounds like somebody embarrassed the wrong people
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Male 382
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
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Male 110
BORING
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Male 3,364
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.
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Female 33
`Cause he didn`t follow "procedure". No, he took action which is what we SHOULD do! What`s wrong with this world!?!
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Male 670
just `cause he`s black
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Male 11,740
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.
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Male 2,033
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.
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Male 4,290
Well, hold on a second. From what the kid said, it sounds like he cut down someone else`s trees. That`s not cool.
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Male 342
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.
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Female 1,101
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.
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Male 2,868
@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.
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Female 2,927
wtf florida? clean up your sh*t!!!
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Male 7,585
handimanner, its not that litter encourages crime, it just encourages lower class of crime.
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Male 2,096
A danish study proved that litter encourages crime. Those darn black mischief makers, the gall!!!!
Wonder how much of that was white trash???
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Male 4,014
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.
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Male 4,014
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.

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Female 843
The mayor`s just pissed that this guy is actually doing something and making him look bad
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Female 3,598
wow... this is why we can`t have nice things. the government gets in the way of EVERYTHING.
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Male 2,868
@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.
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Male 7,585
fight the power man, fight the power. but this time, get the okays first.
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Male 2,545
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STICK TO WHAT ITS MADE FOR, DEFENSE AND COURTS...THATS IT.
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Male 1,081
Wow, Belle Glade is really close to where I live, yet I didn`t know this happened.
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Female 838
He cut down trees? Did I hear that right. I mean that seems like a pretty important point that was omitted.
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Male 412
@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?
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Male 2,422
It`s a proven sociological fact that run-down and dilapidated properties increase crime in a community.
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Male 272
right on brother!
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Male 42

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

That was from whoever hosts the video. Not IAB.
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Male 15,510
This is why we cant have masked vigilantes :-(
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Male 2,796
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.
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Male 229
A commercial? really?? WTF IAB!?!
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Male 1,548
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.
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Male 36,509
Link: Florida Man Cleans Up Litter, Now Faces Arrest [Rate Link] - When a man organizes his community to clean it up, the Mayor says he`s a criminal! Nice job, Florida.
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