Long lines at satellite courthouses Friday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The word of the day at Jefferson County satellite courthouses: chaos.  Five hour wait times at locations, including Gardendale, Forestdale, Centerpoint and Homewood.

Starting at 5:45 a.m., a line formed at the Homewood office.  A couple of hours later, lines wrapped around the building.

Jared Jones walked to the courthouse to stand in line before the facility closed up shop.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it," Johnson said.  "I'm almost ashamed to live here because its so bad"

The office in Gardendale was a bit less packed, but a line still formed inside.  Geoffrey Dunne waited for about 3 hours and says it wasn't the standing in line that was painful.

"I feel sorry for the people who aren't gonna have a job tomorrow," Dunne said.  "Thats my biggest concern"

In Forestdale, the line snaked around four times inside.  Those waiting say it was out the door at the start of business. 
Gail Davis only waited an hour, but says the chaos is absurd.

"It's not fair,"  Davis said in frustration.  "It's not fair to the citizens.  We're paying taxes and it should just be different, they should find a way to make things better...that's what theyr'e paid for."  Davis stopped at Forestdale only after seeing the lines at the Centerpoint Satellite location, and she was right.

Roger Yank arrived before 8 a.m. Friday and was finally at the front window at 1 p.m.  Yank was frustrated there were only 3 county workers to help people.  "This is the last day here," Yank said. "Nobody put any consideration into the people who have to pay taxes or buy tags....and now we are having to suffer through the agony."

Linda Jones got a chair and was dragging it through the line.

"This was very ill prepared for," Jones said.  "I'm not able to stand 5 hours and move an inch at a time."
 
Most county employees at the satellite courthouses will be placed on unpaid administrative leave.  They tell FOX 6 they will likely file for unemployment and hope the county fixes the mess soon.