Florida Bans Loitering and Joblessness

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20 Nov 1942

In light of a war-time need for employment during World War II, Florida bans loitering and joblessness. Police officers are told to check “jook joints” and arrest men who cannot show proof of employment. Orlando Chief of Police J. C. Stone said, “If a man wants a job he can get in on our groves, on our farms, or in defense construction. The time has come to clean Orlando of its loitering and idle me who are contributing less than nothing to the war effort.”


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