Don’t Imprison Garbage Man for Starting Work Early


Target: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

Goal: Lift jail sentence against garbage collector who started work early.       

A garbage collector named Kevin McGill has been sent to jail for starting his job too early, according to a report in the Daily Mail. The man apparently violated an ordinance that prevents trash collection from beginning any time before seven o’clock in the morning. He received thirty days in jail, but he will be able to serve the time on weekends only, continuing to do his job as a sanitation worker.

Residents of an Atlanta suburb became annoyed one morning when McGill came by to collect garbage, so did they called 911. You’d think this would result in arrests for misuse of emergency services, but the garbage collector was apparently the only person who got in trouble. To be fair, he was in violation of a city ordinance, but jail time is an outrageous penalty.

Prison and jail overcrowding is a big problem in the United States. It’s common knowledge that the United States has a tremendous incarceration rate compared to the rest of the world. Overcrowding stems partially from the fact that the United States imprisons people for petty offenses. Jail and prison sentences should be reserved only for people who pose a threat to society.

This sort of activity could be expected in a police state–some kind of Orwellian nightmare–but certainly not in the United States of America. Sign this petition to demand that the jail sentence against Kevin McGill is lifted.


Dear Governor Deal,

I was appalled to learn of a great injustice that has recently taken place in Georgia. A sanitation worker named Kevin McGill was sentenced to thirty days in jail for collecting trash too early. The man was admittedly in violation of a city ordinance, but I believe that jail time is a bizarre and outrageous punishment.

As I’m sure you are aware, overcrowding is becoming a serious problem in our nation’s prisons and jails. It is regularly reported that the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. I believe that jail or prison should be reserved only for people who pose a legitimate threat to the stability of our society. Imprisoning people for minor mistakes only serves to strike fear in the hearts of the masses.

I want you to intervene on behalf of Mr. McGill. I worry that this sentence portrays Georgia in a negative light, and I think that it would be a graceful gesture for you to do everything in your power to denounce this injustice and to take whatever legal action possible.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Anthony Easton via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. No good deed goes unpunished. Truly absurd.

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