“I was stunned. I didn’t know what to think. I was shocked,” said McGill.
Atlanta, Ga. – A suburban Atlanta garbage collector has been incarcerated after being arrested for starting work too early.
The sanitation worker, Kevin McGill, was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being cited for simply picking up the trash shortly after 5 a.m., one time.
A Sandy Springs city ordinance only allows for the hauling of trash between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
McGill was shocked when prosecutor Bill Riley requested the maximum penalty for violating the ordinance.
"I was stunned. I didn't know what to think. I was shocked," said McGill.
According to ABC 7, McGill had only been on the job for three months.
To sentence this man to 30 days of being held hostage by the state for being early for work one day, seems patently unjust.
For his part prosecutor Riley has no remorse for putting an otherwise law-abiding civil servant simply attempting to do his job behind bars.
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"Fines don't seem to work," Riley said, stating that the noise is a bother to sleeping citizens.
McGill will be allowed to serve the sentence on 14 weekends, as to allow him to not lose his ability to earn an income.
This man's initiative and drive to do a good job at picking up the trash was, at worst, a simple error. Rather than being shown leniency, as a citizen attempting to be motivated and create a good life through hard work, he is instead thrown into a cage.
America has 2 different justice systems, one for those who work in or control that system, and everyone else.
Does anybody truly believe this is justice? This story should make national headlines as it illustrates the ridiculous level of tyranny in this country. Help it get there by clicking on the share buttons below.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.