Two New York City workers were issued a $2,000 fine on Monday for breaking the no tips policy and accepting $10 for removing trash from a Queens home.
On Dec. 12, 2011, Robert Bracone and Rene Torres picked up $10 from the Queens resident after hauling off five bags of household garbage and some other trash, including wood and recycling.
The good deed might go unpunished for the unidentified resident, but the two Sanitation Department veterans were ordered by the Conflicts of Interest Board to pay $2,000 each.
According to the Conflicts of Interest Boards dispositions, Bracone and Torres approached the resident and asked about the $20 his girlfriend said she would leave for them.
“The Resident informed us that he had only ten dollars. Torres and I then removed all the waste, after which the Resident gave Torres and me five dollars each,” Bracone wrote in a signed statement form the Conflicts of Interest Board.
By accepting money, the men broke rules banning any employee from soliciting tips and receiving compensation, except from the city, for performing an official duty.
However the punishment for such a crime ranges. “The Board determines the fine in each case based on a number of facts, include the nature of the violation and the fines imposed in prior similar cases,” said Carolyn Miller, director of enforcement for the Conflicts of Interest Board.
Miller said she could not give details on how the men were caught due to confidentiality rules of the City Charter.
Both Bracone and Torres retired from their positions during the investigation.