Kevin McGill is a garbage man in Sandy Springs, Georgia. In order to avoid a lot of construction traffic, he showed up a couple hours early one day to get his work done before the construction crews started showing up.
Little did he know, there was an ordinance passed in Sandy Springs that prohibits trash collection before 7:00 in the morning. So, technically, he was in violation. But no one really cares about that law, and even if they did, no cop would arrest a garbage man for showing up to work “too early” in the morning. Right?
Apparently, they take that law pretty seriously. Someone came out, snapped some pictures, made some complaints, and before you know it, Kevin was behind bars. For showing up to work too early.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. And it gets even better. He was going to have to serve 30 consecutive days, but then they decided to make him serve his 30 days over 15 weekends. Want to know why? Because someone’s got to pick up the trash during the week! I’m not joking. They were going to make him do his job during the week, and have him serve in jail on the weekends until he served all his time.
Kevin McGill was sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating a Sandy Springs ordinance that says workers can only haul trash between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
McGill was cited for picking up the trash just after 5am one morning.
He says he could not believe when the prosecutor asked the judge for the maximum punishment.
“I was stunned. I didn’t know what to think. I was shocked,” he said.
The prosecutor, Bill Riley, makes no apologies for locking sanitation workers up.
“Fines don’t seem to work,” Riley said.
He says they are a nuisance to sleeping residents.
McGill had only been on the job for three months.
Now he has to spend the next 14 weekends in jail, while he works during the week… after 7am.
After this story went viral, there was enough public outrage that the remainder of his sentence was dropped, and his probation was cancelled: