82-year-old woman arrested for not paying $77 trash bill
The Associated Press
VALLEY, Ala. (AP) – An 82-year-old Alabama woman was arrested for failing to pay her $77.80 trash bill.
Court records show the Chambers County woman was arrested Sunday for not paying the bill that covered the months of June, July and August.
She was charged with a misdemeanor offense of “failure to pay solid waste fees.”
The arrest drew outrage on social media as criminalizing poverty.
A city official said the arrest came after multiple attempts to collect the bill and a history of suspended service.
A statement on the city of Valley’s Facebook page aid code enforcement officers attempted to contact her several times and left a door hangar at her home.
She was arrested after not appearing at a September court date.
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12/1/2022 2:06:31 PM (GMT -6:00)