A garbageman in Georgia has been order to serve a month in jail for showing up too early for work. Kevin MCGill an employee of Waste Management was found guilty of violating a Sandy Springs, Ga town ordinance requiring trash pick up between the hours of 7 am and 7 p.m. McGill had been convicted of working at five minutes before five a.m.
MCGill had recieved the maximum penalty under the ordinance of 30 days in jail. The sentencing judge considered only the crime of picking up trash before the allowed time when he sentenced McGill. McGill was given a weekend jail sentence and must serve his sentence over the next three months.
Town officials defend the action and claim that prior sentence did not deter garbage pickup before the allowed times. Residents of Sandy Spring claim this a quality of life issue that effects all residents.
I believe jail is reserved for violent offenders and not for people working an honest job.
Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney who has experience with both felony and misdemeanor crimes. Attorney Donovan is a former prosecutor with experience in over fifty Massachusetts court. If you need legal advice contact Donovan today.