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.