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Garbage man to spend 30 days in jail for picking up trash too early

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ATLANTA — A garbage man just outside of Atlanta is facing jail time for starting his rounds along his trash pickup route too early.

Kevin McGill started picking up trash around 5 a.m. and was cited for violating a city ordinance.

The ordinance limits trash pickup to the hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

McGill had only been working with the company contracted to do the sanitation work for a few months when he was cited.

When he showed up to court for the citation the prosecutor sought the maximum punishment.

“Fines don’t seem to work,” the prosecutor told WSB. “The only thing that seems to stop the activity is actually going to jail.”

He jailed another sanitation worker earlier last year for the same maximum, 30 day sentence that McGill received.

The prosecutor said the statute is in place to prevent residents from complaining about the noise waking them up too early.

McGill did not have an attorney during the sentencing and pleaded no contest. He began serving his 30 day sentence last week.

“I just want this to be over with,” McGill told WSB. “I’m away from my family, my wife, and she’s got to take care of the two little boys and I have four dogs.”

McGill has an attorney now and she said she believes the sentence is too harsh.

“Give him a warning,” the lawyer, Kimberly Bandoh, told WSB. “I mean he’s the employee. He’s not the employer. Sentencing him to jail is doing what?”

The prosecutor however was said it’s McGill’s responsibility to only operate the truck during those specific hours determined by the city.

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