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ARIZ. WOMAN THREATENED WITH CITATION FOR HANDING OUT FREE BOTTLED WATER

An Arizona woman is demanding the City of Phoenix formally apologize to her after officials told her she couldn’t hand out free bottled water, ABC15.com reports

“Dana Crow-Smith said a City of Phoenix worker came up to her during the First Friday festival in downtown Phoenix last month and told her she was violating city code by handing out free water because she did not have a permit,” the report adds.

Considering that this is Arizona (i.e. a bajillion degrees outside), you’d think officials would be more receptive to the idea of people handing out free [we cannot emphasize this point enough] bottled water.

“Crow-Smith and a group of others were there exercising their Christian beliefs by engaging people to talk about religion if they wanted,” ABC15.com adds.

Crow-Smith and her colleagues brought the bottled water to give away to people roasting in the 112-degree heat [see?], but said a “Neighborhood Preservation Inspector” told them that they had to stop what they were doing or risk a citation.

“It was really hot and yeah we wanted to show God‘s love and a small act of kindness is a great way to do that without shoving it down someone’s throat,” said Crow-Smith.

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