Reminder: Don’t Try to Tip Sanitation Workers

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It seems like a nice gesture when you've asked your garbageman for help with a particularly unpleasant task, but after 24 years on the job, a Queens sanitation worker has lost his job over a $20 tip. The city's Conflict of Interest Board has ruled that Lenworth Dixon, a 56-year-old father of three, must retire and pay a $1,500 fine after accepting cash from a homeowner disposing of a large amount of wood, furniture, and other "bulk refuse." A sincere "thank you" is probably okay, but just to be safe, we plan on staying inside and scowling at our valued city employees through a window.