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New York sanitation worker punished after city installs hidden camera in truck

By Mason White 5:30 AM February 5, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A father of three was left without a job over $20.

The sanitation worker was fired from his job and forced to pay a $1,500 fine for accepting a $20 tip to move heavy trash.

56-year-old Lenworth Dixon had worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation for the past 24 years.

He earned a salary of $73,000 per year.

One day, while doing his job, Dixon received $20 from a resident as a gesture of appreciation for removing heavy furniture outside their home in Queens.

Public officials are not allowed to accept any form of money or gifts.

Harry Nespoli, president of the Sanitation Workers Union, said that Dixon’s actions may have been exposed by a hidden camera.

The city installed hidden cameras on the trucks for the purpose of catching workers who take money in exchange for their work.