Amnesty Day: Pizza, Salvation & Chaos

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Another amnesty day turned into another mad house outside Montgomery Municipal Court. Hundreds of people showed up to clear outstanding warrants and traffic fines without the fear of prosecution.

The line stretched for yards around the courthouse. Some described the scene as chaotic.

"Oh my lord," one woman said.

"I don't think they're going to get everybody in, honestly," said another.

Some people held umbrellas to fend off the sun. Others sat in lawn chairs. And still others regretted they hadn't thought of the idea.

"I wish I brought a chair," one woman told us. "I had no idea it was going to be this bad."

To add to the circus-like atmosphere, a local preacher took advantage of the captive audience, offering them his take on religious salvation.

Even Domino's Pizza showed up to make a little cash.

But in the end, it became obvious the crowd was just too large.

"We're just not going to be able to see everybody today, there's just no way," a police officer yelled out.

So court officials handed out rain checks, promising amnesty on another day.

And while some were willing to accept the inconvenience, in exchange for a clean record, others say they'll hold the city accountable for the day they wasted in line.

"When voting time comes up, I'm gonna remind all the city council about this, how they had the brothers and sisters sitting out here like this," a man said.

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