Arriving too early landed one garbageman behind bars. Kevin McGill was sentenced to 30 days behind bars after being too early to pick up trash in one Atlanta, Georgia, suburb according to Yahoo! News. McGill got in trouble for picking up trash just after 5 a.m., when he was supposed to pick up after 7 a.m. People in the area complained of being woken up by the noise of the truck, and eventually, McGill, 48, was given a citation — never a warning.
“That violated a city ordinance which limits trash pickup to between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The statute is in place because residents have complained that early pick-up disrupts their sleep. When McGill showed up to court to answer the citation, Sandy Springs prosecutor Bill Riley sought the maximum punishment against him — 30 days in jail.”
The too early garbageman was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and says that he wasn’t able to tell his side of the story at all. He told the media that the job was new to him, and that he didn’t know that arriving early to do his job was a bad thing. Now, he’s serving time for violating a city ordinance, a “crime” that some would argue shouldn’t be punishable by jail time. McGill, described as a family man, says he’s shocked.
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“The solicitor said it’s automatic jail time. He didn’t want to hear nothing I had to say. I said it’s my first time. I was stunned. I didn’t know what to think. I was shocked. I just want this to be over with. I’m away from my family, my wife, and she’s got to take care of the two little boys and I have four dogs,” said McGill, who agreed to serve his time on the weekends.
According to Mail Online, people become extremely frustrated when their trash is picked up early, and many call 911 to complain.
The garbageman that was too early and sentenced for his actions wasn’t the only person sentenced to time behind bars for an action that didn’t seem punishable by jail time. Last month, the Inquisitr reported that a 76-year-old man in Gainesville was jailed for feeding stray cats. David Parton was fined $900 for feeding strays, something that’s against the law. He refused to pay the fine, and landed himself in Cooke County Correctional Center for nine days.
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