Target: Mr. Anthony Trevino, Chief of the San Antonio Police Department
Goal: Exonerate woman who was fined for feeding the homeless.
A woman who has gone above and beyond for the homeless of San Antonio has just been given a citation for feeding them that carries a penalty of $2,000. The woman, Ms. Joan Cheever, is a chef that runs a non-profit food truck that feeds the homeless restaurant-quality meals to make them feel just a little bit more human. Despite this irreproachably good deed, police still felt it was necessary to give her a ticket. Something must be done to assist this upstanding woman in her quest to take some of the misery out of being homeless.
The officers who felt the need to essentially try to take $2,000 worth of food away from the homeless have said that while she does have a permit to serve from her food truck, she does not have one to serve from any other vehicle. Society does have rules for a reason and this line of reasoning would make the ticket understandable if say, she were selling meals to people in the park for a profit. The fact that she was giving them away, however, to the homeless no less, makes the situation seem ridiculous.
Could it have been possible that her truck needed some repairs? Should she have just told the homeless that they would go hungry, again, because she didn’t have the proper permits to feed them that night? Ms. Cheever has said that she had every right to feed those people under a Texas religious freedom law and intends to fight the ticket with all she has. While she already has the support of her own community, that is not always enough. Please sign here to fight for the homeless and lend her your support.
Dear Police Chief Trevino,
Four of your officers had a lapse in judgement recently when they ticketed Ms. Joan Cheever for handing out meals to the homeless. As you well know, Ms. Cheever has been feeding the homeless restaurant-quality meals for over ten years in San Antonio with no issue. The officers who cited her claim that while she has a permit to serve from her food truck, she does not have a permit to serve from any other vehicle and thus should have been fined.
This line of reasoning would be sound if she were trying to sell those meals for a profit, but the fact is that she was giving them away, to the homeless no less, out of the goodness of her heart. Your officers are essentially attempting to take $2,000 worth of food out of the mouths of the homeless over an issue of permits? Should Ms. Cheever have just told the homeless that they would go hungry for another night because she didn’t have the proper slip of paper? I hope you understand how ridiculous this is and I demand you withdraw the citation immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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