2 NYC Sanitation Workers Lose Jobs Over $5 Tips

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.

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. The men asked for $20 but 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.