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Elderly New York woman fined for throwing old newspapers in trash

By Andrew Moran     Jul 6, 2011 in Crime
New York - An 83-year-old Upper East Side woman is upset after a local sanitation worker fined her $100 last month for throwing a bag of old newspapers in a green trash can. The lady said she “froze” and “scared me to death.”
A sanitation officer allegedly chased, threatened to arrest and issued a $100 ticket to an elderly New York woman for throwing out a bunch of old newspapers in a green city garbage bin that is marked with “No Household Trash.”
Late last month, 83-year-old Darbe Pitofsky was on her way to purchase a cup of coffee when she threw out a bag of newspapers near her Upper East Side apartment on East 71st Street. A sanitary worker left his vehicle, went up to her and began to write her a ticket.
Pitofsky explained that the agent demanded her information so he can write up a summons and even threatened to arrest her if she did not comply with his demands. “I froze,” said Pitofsky in an interview with CBS New York. “He just frightened the hell out of me, scared me to death, I was terrified.”
She then told the New York Post that the man yelled at her: “You know you can’t do that! Give me your ID! Give me your ID or I’m going to bring you in. I’m taking you in.”
After 25 minutes, the gentleman wrote her a $100 ticket, but then he later threatened to increase the fine to $300 when Pitofsky complained about the amount. The elderly woman then filed a complaint with the city.
According to the United Press International, a representative for the city’s Sanitation Department explained that the city trashcans scattered around New York are only for pedestrians and not to throw out trash from home or at work because it is clearly marked on the bins.
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