- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A New York City sanitation worker of 25 years was forced into retirement and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for accepting a $20 tip from a city resident.

The New York Post says a resident gave Lenworth Dixon the tip for helping remove a large amount of furniture and other trash in front of her Queens home in September.

According to the city charter, “No public servant shall receive compensation except from the city for performing any official duty, or accept … any gratuity from any person whose interests may be affected by the public servant’s official action.”

Mr. Dixon was forced to retire immediately and pay a $1,500 fine, the Post reported.

A similar incident occurred in June when two city sanitation workers were forced to pay a $2,000 fine after accepting a $10 tip from a local resident.

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

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