The Sanitation Department Does Not Take Kindly to Tips

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In case you were wondering whether you should tip your garbage collector, the case of two sanitation workers who left their jobs after accepting tips of $5 each suggests the answer is a resounding no. The two Sanitation Department veterans quit rather than face further discipline after they were fined $2,000 each for accepting the tips after collecting a particularly big load of trash. The men apparently earned more than $100,000 each in 2011, so it's not like they depended on tips. Quite the opposite, in fact.