82-Year-Old Woman Breaks Down in Tears as She’s Arrested Over $77 Trash Bill – IOTW Report

82-Year-Old Woman Breaks Down in Tears as She’s Arrested Over $77 Trash Bill

WJ: At first, Martha Menefield thought that police officers coming to arrest her on Sunday was a joke. She laughed it off.

Then the 82-year-old was put in handcuffs and marched off to jail in Valley, Alabama — because her trash disposal bill of $77.80 was not paid. Amid her humiliation, she recalled what one officer said, according to WIAT-TV.

“’Don’t cry, Ms. Martha.’ … He kind of whispered it to me: ‘Don’t cry.’” Menefield said she thought the bill was paid; the officers said it was not. And so, she was arrested.

“And the cuffs,” she said, holding back tears. “They’re so heavy.” She recounted her reply to the officer who told her not to cry: “How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?”

“I was in a little cage-like thing at the police station,” she said. “And I said, ‘Y’all put me in this cage? You ought to be ashamed of yourself.’” more


24 Comments on 82-Year-Old Woman Breaks Down in Tears as She’s Arrested Over $77 Trash Bill

  1. Read the article…either she is senile or she is using her elder position to play dumb. The city did numerous things to draw her attention to the non payment and this wasn’t the first. If she doesn’t have the money, a church or her family should be helping her out. Although it’s disgusting jailing an old lady for such a reason when there are true POS that skate, there’s still consequences if you receive a service and choose not to pay

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  2. It looks like she’s been missing payments for a long time, but that’s no reason to throw her in jail. Just stop picking up her trash.

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  3. Yet accounts receivable of the trash company could siphon off all funds for personal use of the CEO who donates to the democrat party and wreck the livelihoods of everyone in the company and no one would be in cuffs.

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  4. I can tell you about some people that live on this one very long street that want to cry too whenever the Refuse Truck appears. If it appears. If it doesn’t appear. It doesn’t matter. They just cry on their long street. The street isn’t very wide with lots of cubes and 0 to 1 off-street parking places. No place to turn around either. So that Refuse Truck, with the Very Loud Back Up Beeper must either Back In or Back Out, twice a week or more at After 6AM or Before 6PM (but sometimes after 6PM also).

    They cry when anybody on that very long skinny street has any kind of party, or anything. Even Good Company at one house makes another house mad.

    PS: Some States have Sheriffs that are not Police, Per Se.
    They work for the Court and live off Taxes and Registration Fees and Eviction Vehicle Recycle Notices.

    Sheriff of Noddingham Woods and Pastures

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  5. The Lord did nothing to her. She has a history of not paying her bill.
    That said, cuffs was a little extreme.

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  6. Yep –

    “Since her arrest, local residents have offered to help Menefield pay the overdue fees, according to WRBL-TV.”

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  7. That old woman may have a lot on her mind.

    She has a tough decision to make

    The $0 Co-Pay Sign Fee Menu Choice A

    The 0$ No-Pay Sign-up Fee Menu Choice B

    or The $Everything You Got$ Menu Choice C

    Is this really happening?
    It appears so on TV.

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  8. “She has a history of not paying her bill.”

    Then stop her service. Arresting an old lady is more than F’d up. I hope these COPs are proud of themselves. They need their asses kicked.

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  9. She needs to take her trash down the street at night and dump it along the way. Fixed that problem.

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  10. They could have cut her a little slack, treated her like a Democrat, and let others pay her fine.
    That was a little heavy handed.

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  11. Think about this for a second, they sent agents of the State that are authorized to use lethal force, to grandma’s house.

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  12. She could do like the blue tarpers around Seattle and Portland and just throw the garbage out into the right of way.

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  13. We’re paying $50 a mo and the list of stuff they won’t pick up is longer than the list they will. And what are you supposed to with all the stuff they refuse to pick up? And this is saving the planet?

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  14. Back in the 60s an old (black) guy lost his house over something like $90 in unpaid property taxes.

    You could look it up!

    “Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
    And now their vote is a meaningless joke
    They babble about law and order
    But it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told
    Yeah, there’s a monster on the loose …”
    (J. Kay, J. Edmonton)

    mortem tyrannis
    izlamo delenda est …

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  15. Residents of the sleepy community can now sleep easier knowing another hardened criminal is off the streets.

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  16. What those cops should have done was paid that old lady’s trash bill. I know every police organization in the country has its own charitable scam they run. (Ask me how I know?) This would have been a good use for some of the funds they extort from citizens instead of hand cuffing an old lady. And an 82 y/o lady that can’t afford a $70 bill probably isn’t generating all that much trash!!

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  17. My 96 year old mother….
    Get your bill electronically or pay extra 5 dollars postage for USPO
    Tack on 25$ fuel adjustment because of Joe’s green initiatives.
    $102 for 3 months service picking up 1/2 a tall kitchen garbage bag each week.
    Ok, there is a Polosi on the executive board, what does that tell you…

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  18. No excuse for this horseshit! None! In this rich nation where these MF’ers are forgiving huge student loans they arrest an old lady for being delinquent for $77.00??? Crazy, in arrears, or whatever she is,,, no f’ing excuse for this.

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  19. Chip got busted by the IRS for 20 dollars. Nasty letter, pay or die shit. Chip was beside himself. What a bunch of silly fucks. The IRS pays jackbooted cunts 27 dollars an hour to find 20 dollars of arrears. And it took the IRS 5 years to sniff out this egregious accounting failure.

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