Sanitation workers lose jobs over tips

Sanitation workers lose jobs over tips

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two longtime New York City sanitation workers have lost their jobs for accepting a small tip from a resident.

The city Conflicts of Interest Board fined the two men $2,000 each and retired them from the agency.

The two workers, Robert Bracone and Rene Torres, are accused of accepting $5 each on Dec. 12, 2011 from a Queens resident who left a huge amount of garbage at the curb.

According to the workers' statements provided by the conflicts board, The New York Times says the men asked for $20. However, the resident said he had only $10. The two workers picked up the garbage and then collected the money.

The agency has a strict policy against accepting tips.

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