Why Was This Garbage Man Sentenced To Jail For Starting Work Early?

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At first, you might say, “What? That’s nuts!” However, once you understand the reasons behind such a strange punishment, you’ll see that it isn’t quite so nuts after all.

People living in Sandy Springs, Georgia don’t necessarily live in the safest part of the world. There is rampant crime, mostly break-ins and theft, and a recent law in regard to trash pickup has reduced the number of unnecessary calls to 911. Trash pick up in Sandy Springs is to start no earlier than 7:00 a.m. under the new law, because prior to that, the sound of clanging and banging cans and such woke residents, many of whom called 911, fearing there was more crime taking place in their neighborhood. To reduce these incidences, the city council passed the law that trash pick-up must wait until 7:00 a.m.

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Garbage collector Kevin McGill, above, had been ignoring the new ordinance and beginning his shifts as early as 5:00 a.m., thus instigating more unnecessary calls to 911. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the infraction and he has chosen to do his time on the weekends, spreading the sentence out over 14 weeks, so that he can still work. However, he will be waiting until 7:00 a.m. from now on before beginning said work. We hope!


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  • Wow, it’s good to know that we have the jails, for all those guys that think it’s alright to start working early. The nerve they have. How dare they begin their menial labor, an hour or 2 earlier. That’s absurd. Look, this is the dumbest reason to send anyone to jail. The garbage trucks pass in front of my house, and I never hear them. The only times I know they’re passing, is when someone happens to be leaving or coming in, and the front door is open. If this happened here in Miami, I’d go to every house in that neighborhood and explain to all of them, what it means to be a grown up.