Early Garbage Collector Gets ... Jail Time

A city ordinance requires that trash be collected between 7am and 7pm
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2015 8:15 AM CDT
In this Dec. 16, 2014, photo, trash collectors collect garbage in East Cleveland, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – Most of us have at some point been woken before dawn by the incessant beeping and slamming sounds of the garbage truck just outside the window. But one Atlanta suburb has a city ordinance that actually prohibits trash collection prior to 7am. As a result, Kevin McGill, who's spent just three months on the job in Sandy Springs, Ga., will spend 30 days in jail for violating the ordinance and picking up trash a few minutes after 5am recently, reports ABC 7.

Chief prosecutor Bill Riley, who pushed for jail time, says early trash pickups are a recurring noise nuisance that routinely inspire 911 calls, reports the Atlanta Sun Times. "Fines don't seem to work," he said. "The only thing that seems to stop the activity is actually going to jail." McGill has opted to serve his time spread out over 14 consecutive weekends so that he can continue working and still come home to his wife, two sons, and four dogs. It remains unclear why he was on the job so early. (A garbage collector incurred this woman's wrath when he passed her house before her trash was out.)

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