The early bird gets 30 days: Garbage man jailed for coming to work too early.

The early bird gets 30 days: Garbage man jailed for coming to work too early.
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Guilty of third-degree work ethic.

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A cold-blooded criminal. (via WSPA)

Its a misconception that they're called "garbage men" because they work with garbage. It's actually because that's how they're treated.

Kevin McGill works for a private waste collection company in the wealthy Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs. He has a wife and two young sons, as well as four dogs to feed. So it's understandable that he'd be eager to get to work in the morning.

The problem is, that's illegal. Sandy Springs has an ordinance against collecting garbage before 7 AM. The residents of the town, which include pro athletes and Delta executives, don't like being woken up from their beauty sleep. In fact, any time they hear the garbage truck before 7, the 911 switchboards light up like a Christmas tree, because this is clearly an emergency.

McGill was arrested after picking up trash just after 5 one morning. He didn't bother bringing a lawyer to his court appearance, because it was his first offense, and he expected nothing more than a fine. Court Chief Prosecutor Bill Riley, however, doesn't believe that fines work, so he sentenced McGill to 30 days in prison.

There is a bright side to this story, however. The court is allowing McGill to serve his sentence on the weekends, so he can still collect garbage during the week and feed his family. Instead of spending the next month in jail, he'll spend the next 13 weekends there. He's truly living the American dream, hauling trash 5 days a week and behind bars the other 2.

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Admittedly, 5 AM is pretty early to collect trash. I don't think any light sleeper would approve of that. And it might not be fair to treat this issue as a battle in some kind of class war. But it's hard not to see it that way when people doing a necessary civic service are being jailed because they woke up a bunch of one percenters. It might be time for the Kevin McGills of America to rise up.

But not until 7.

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