*Well this is certainly one for the books and may even serve to quiet a longstanding “myth” about black folk and time. Kevin McGill, a sanitation worker in Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to jail for something that sounds like its straight out of an April Fool’s prank: He got to work…wait for it…too early!
Yes, you read that right.
Instead of tip-toeing through and trying not to disturb the boss, brother man was the first worker on the job – having shown up early, but instead of a compliment, he got a jail sentence.
Some people just can’t win.
The garbage collector had worked for Waste Management Inc. for three months now, and may have still been trying to impress his new employer while on the last leg of what may have been a 90-day trial. Just a scenario that many of us can relate to. Instead, at the conclusion of three months McGill found himself in court, where he plead guilty for violating an ordinance set forth in Sandy Springs, a high-end section of Atlanta, where the residents don’t want to be disturbed before 7 am.
Not that this is such an unreasonable ordinance, its not. What is ridiculous is that McGill has been sentenced to 30-days in jail for getting to work 30-minutes early.
Despite no prior record or experience in the court system, the sanitation worker was still rendered the stiff sentence.
The only leeway, if you can call it that, given to McGill, who began his sentence on February 5th, is that he can do it on the weekends to allow him the opportunity to continue to support his wife and two children.
With this, his sentence mandates he check into prison at 6 pm on Fridays.
But McGill has filed a motion to withdraw his plea since his sentencing. His attorney, Kimberly Bandoh has made it known that he had no representation present during his sentencing. “Give him a warning,” Bandoh argued. “He’s the employee. He’s not the employer. Sentencing him to jail is doing what?” she reasoned.
“This is the most excessive punishment for an ordinance of this nature I’ve ever seen,” Bandoh concluded.
The judge gave the stiff sentence following a request by Court Chief Solicitor Bill Riley, after McGill had set out to start his shift around 5am in the suburb.
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