Church Cited For Giving Away Free Water

February 27, 2012   |  

Mardi Gras can get pretty crazy, and one can only imagine what some vendors may charge for something as simple as bottled water.  Knowing this, one church decided to hand out free bottles of water to some of the folks in need, and what do they get in return? A ticket.

A Louisiana church was ordered to stop giving away free water along Mardi Gras parade routes because they did not have the proper permits.

“We were given a cease and desist order,” said Matt Tipton, pastor of Hope Church in Metairie, LA. “We had no idea we were breaking the law.”

Tipton said volunteers from his church were handing out free coffee and free bottles of water at two locations along a Mardi Gras parade route when they were stopped by Jefferson Parish officials. The church volunteers were cited for failing to secure an occupational license and for failure to register for a sales tax.

This reminds me of a story I read last year about a homeless shelter that was forced to throw out all it’s food because it was too high in trans fats.  Seriously, don’t the police have anything better to do?  Especially in this case, at Mardi gras.

Of course I shouldn’t blame the police, they’re just enforcing stupid laws that were written and passed by even dumber politicians who really don’t have anything better to do.

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