- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two New York City sanitation workers were forced to pay a $2,000 fine after they accepted a $10 tip from a local resident.

The city’s Conflict of Interest Board handed down the punishment against Robert Bracone, a sanitation worker for 26 years, and Rene Torres, a 23-year veteran of the Sanitation Department, the New York Daily News reported.

On Oct. 12, 2011, the two men accepted $5 each from a Queens resident after they hauled a large amount of trash away from his building. They admitted to accepting the tip in violation of the rule banning employees from using their positions “to obtain a personal benefit,” the Daily News reported.

Both men retired from their jobs as the investigation unfolded, the Daily News reported.

“I don’t want to have anything to do with the city ever again,” Mr. Bracone said Monday. Mr. Torres could not be reached, the Daily News said.

“They should have known better,” Vito Turso, a spokesman for the city Department of Sanitation, told the Daily News. “It’s clear [from the orders] that they face termination if they are caught.”