Jackson County resident finds tax forms dumped in a ditch

Northeast Alabama
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A man near Scottsboro says someone’s been dumping in the ditch in front of his property. This time, it wasn’t just beer cans, it was personal tax papers.

David Rollins only has to walk a few paces to find trash in the ditch. “I think it’s got progressively worse over the past three years,” he said.

The secluded road right off state route 40 is a frequent dumping spot. But most people aren’t brash enough to throw out trash with their name on it.

“The boxes were stacked very neat on the side of the road,” said Rollins.

Last week, Rollins was surprised to find nine boxes of old business papers including, “Canceled checks, some blank checks that hadn’t been filled out except the signature.”

The invoices were restaurant purchases for Whistle Stop Cafe in Kennesaw, Georgia. The phone number listed no longer works and the restaurant appears to have closed last year.

“I couldn’t believe it.”

Rollins said once he reported the find, a reserve deputy came and picked them up.

When we checked with the sheriff’s office about what happens to the papers now, they say just like any other trash, it goes to the dump. As to why someone would drive the 107 miles from Kennesaw, Georgia to Jackson County just to dump it, he doesn’t know.

“I would throw it in a dumpster before I’d throw it on the side of the road for the whole world to see.”

Rollins says he’s also contacted county leaders, but it’s unclear if anyone will be cited for littering the personal info. Rollins says he’s also asked county leaders about setting up cameras along the county road to capture pictures of anyone who illegally dumps.

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