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article imageGarbage collector jailed for starting work too early

By Owen Weldon     Mar 7, 2015 in Odd News
Atlanta - Kevin McGill is a sanitation worker in an Atlanta suburb, and he was sentenced to jail because he started work too early.
McMill violated a Sandy Springs ordinance, and as a result he was sentenced to 30 days in jail. The ordinance says that workers can only collect trash between 7am and 7pm. McGill started to pick up trash after 5am.
Billy Riley, the court chief prosecutor, asked the judge to sentence McGill to 30 days behind bars. Riley doesn't apologize for locking up sanitation workers. He said that when trash collectors come before 7am, 9-1-1 starts to light up. Riley also said fines don't seem to work. Riley said that sleeping residents find that it is a nuisance when trash collectors collect too early.
McGill said that he was shocked by the sentencing and he didn't know what to think. He has also not been on the job for too long, as he has only been working as a sanitation worker for three months.
McGill will not be spending 30 days straight in jail, as he will spend 14 weekends behind bars, and during the week he is allowed to work.
McGill's attorney said that she wonders why he is being punished. The attorney, Kimberly Bandoh, said that McGill is just the employee and not the employer, so sentencing him to jail is doing what?
Riley said that McGill is responsible for his own truck and it isn't the company he works for that drives the truck down the street, nor is it the company that starts the truck up.
McGill said it's hard to be locked up with real criminals, and he cannot wait for this whole thing to be over with so he can be back with his wife and family.
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