A Pennsylvania woman is fined for violating a zone law that prohibits feeding the hungry on private property.
Angela Prattis, 41, who regularly donates food to low-income children in her neighborhood, is now being threatened with a $600-a-day fine if she continues with this criminal activity.
As reported earlier by Fox News, Angela donates the food, which is provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during the summer months, under a tented area on her own property.
The hefty fine would come as a result of a law that prohibits people from handing out food in a residential zone. According to the township, Angela would have to go in front of the zoning board to request a variance, which carries administrative fees of roughly $1000.
William Pisarek, business manager of Chester Township, has made it clear that he feels no obligation to proactively seek out Angela to change the current circumstances.
“I don’t think it’s my responsibility to go to her to say, ‘Why don’t you come to talk to me to see if there’s something that we can do to help your program,’” he told Fox News.
Despite the fines, Angela has made it clear that she does not plan to stop feeding those in need.
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Angela violated the zoning ordinance, but is there room for gray in this instance, or is the law always black and white? Leave your comments below.