Upper East Side Woman, Darbe Pitofsky, Ticketed For Using City Trash Can

Says Sanitation Worker Was Aggressive, 'Frightened The Hell Out Of' Her

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An elderly Upper East Side woman claims a sanitation agent chased her, threatened her with arrest and slapped her with a ticket for putting day-old newspapers in a city trash can.

Darbe Pitofsky, 83, said she was on her way for a cup of coffee around 6:30 a.m. on June 25 when she threw a brown bag filled with old papers in a city litter basket near her apartment on East 71st Street.

She said a sanitation worker quickly jumped out of his vehicle and demanded her information to write a summons.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria with Darbe Pitofsky

“I froze,” Pitofsky told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “He just frightened the hell out of me, scared me to death, I was terrified.”

She said the worker demanded a form of identification and threatened to “put her away” if she didn’t comply.

Pitofsky said it took the worker 25 minutes to write the summons and when she complained that it would cost her $100,  she said he threatened to make it $300.

A representative for the Sanitation Department said street baskets are for pedestrian use only but added Pitofsky can challenge the ticket if she thinks there has been a mistake.

Litter baskets across the city are marked with stickers that read “no household trash” or “no business trash,” along with a warning of a $100 fine for violation. The Sanitation Department has a platoon of enforcement agents tasked with enforcing litter basket laws. Their duties even include doing detective work on trash suspected of being illegally dumped.

Pitofsky said she has already filed a complaint.

Her story is similar to that of 80-year-old Delia Gluckin, who last December, was also fined $100 for “improper disposal” for throwing her newspaper in a trash can in Inwood.

Do you think the city’s enforcement of the rules are too harsh? Let us know below…

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  • Chang1

    Next time stick the paper up his arse!

  • AesopsRetreat_forum

    People, you better damned well start fighting these “Green Police” ass wipes, else be struck with yet another Brown Shirt sceario!

  • Btruth

    Next time just burn it in the street with a PILE of american flags on top. For this is the USSA.

  • J. Keen Holland

    Has NYC done a financial analysis of this enforcement effort? It should be easy for an officer to write enough $100 tickets to cover the costs of his/her employment. But the Sanitation Enforcement Officers do not exist as a revenue source, do they? What I’m after is what effect the enforcement effort has on the city’s cost of disposing from the stuff in those sidewalk containers?

  • ed357

    WOW ! ! !

    You………New Yorkers are really bizarre

    How much is a littering ticket ? ……..$25-100

    If less than $100, then throw it in the streets.

  • Lynn Hughs

    I now understand why I wouldn’t live in NYC if someone gave me a penthouse apartment.

  • kc

    San Fran, you suck

  • J_Phred

    Had that been me in that situation, the sanitation agent would have learned what a high fiber diet was very quickly.

  • uberchrist33

    It is amazing. They fine this woman for using a public trash can, yet they let the Central Park 5 out of prison, and not even on a technicality. Someone gave the City of New York a time machine, because it’s definitely going back to the pre-Giuliani Democrat years.

  • Gordon Wagner

    This is completely insane. I’m sick to death of NO COMMON SENSE stories like this one.

  • Not Chicken Little

    You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to live in NYC! Liberal la-la land ends up more like hell on earth each day.

  • Bang Bang Garbage Man

    In a decent city the lady would have pulled out her gun and drilled the guy.

  • Deltapapa

    Trash is trash and a trash can is a trash can for pedestrian or not. The city is doing it for revenue enhancement only. The whole thing is assinine.

    • changomango

      Hey, providing services for the lazy, irresponsible and drug addicted is expensive, they’ve got to bleed the honest, hard working and responsible citizens.

  • Diesel

    They need to charges these fines keep these government workers employed.

  • Never Amazed

    The litter-basket task force! LMAO People wonder why we are where we are in this country… here is a prime example! If it was simply a paper bag with a newspaper or two in it and she was walking, then by definition she is a pedestrian! The waste basket was for pedestrian use therefore she did no wrong.

  • changomango

    Liberals will fine and threaten to jail an elderly American citizen for throwing newspapers in a trash can but will reward illegal aliens for breaking our laws, go figure.

  • tramky

    The sanitation worker should be fired, and this is so absurd as to not be worthy of comment. New Yorkers have been throwing newspapers into trash cans for a hundred years. Is this Bloomberg’s idea of a joke?

  • Courage

    How does that old saying go; “A little power in the hands of a fool is a dangerous thing”?

  • rob

    Recycling is as myth…without our tax dollar supporting it, it fails to even break even in the best case (except aluminum cans). Just another attempt at the Facist States of America to impose moron rule on normal people. He is a garbage man, maybe he should have read that paper…

  • dmzrn

    this is what happens when the looney left has their way.

  • Vinnie

    As far as I’m concerned, New York City is a dump. So I’m not sure there would be a chargeable offense if she had thrown her newspaper on the street. Miz Pitofsky’s mistake was putting it in a a receptacle.

  • jpbrody

    Nothing like a badge to make a moron go rogue.

  • Rex

    One word – assinine.


    Starving the government of loot and wrecking their unions is going to net us some nasty reprisals for a while until we fire all the BOZO’s that still want to play hardball….

  • uberchrist33

    First, they came for the little old ladies on the Upper East Side . . .

  • Mannie

    Their duties even include doing detective work on trash suspected of being illegally dumped.

    Someone needs their budget drastically cut.

    This is why I throw my trash in the street.

  • emoore

    There should alsways be three cans – one for trash, one for paper litter and one for bottles and cans! Since only one can was provided she had no choice.
    The item sounds as if she were a pedestrian!!

  • Kosh of Vorlon

    The real problem is that NYC has about 7 million too many people in it. It has been an overcrowded hell-hole for at least a century. Gross overcrowding is the root cause making laws like the one in this story necessary in the first place. No wonder so many people are leaving there to find better places to live. That is the good news; the bad news is that too many of them have come to Texas!

  • Roland

    This is our country who shot our parents over one penny tax on tea. What should we say and do now about our brothers and sisters who permit themselves to tax us to death now?

    • nathan

      You should take that gun you own and put in your mouth and squeeze the trigger. Your children will thank you.

      • Roland

        How about if I point it at your ugly commie face instead. I’m sure all patriots will thank me for it :)

      • nathan

        come at me bro! bahaha!

      • falconflight

        Up yours Leftist POS. You comrades are pigs and deserve whatever comes your way someday. Ft Worth, Texas

  • John H.

    Just something else for union thugs to do. It is all about making money.

  • Wallyw

    Wasn’t that city worker double parked? I think he is the one who deserves the ticket.

  • headly

    NYC Is a fascist dictatorship. I was feeding fish/ducks/squirrels in central park and was advised there’s a $500 fine for feeding wildlife. This city sucks, we are the world’s biggest joke.

  • Joey

    I’m hoping someone takes notice whom has the authority to save the city some money. Imagine the decision “do we raise taxes or, should we eliminate the garbage poilice ?”.

  • Hank Warren

    Useless public officials, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • DeadGuy

    Who’s the mayor of NYC??? What a Ph*k**g moron!!!!!


  • James

    Perhaps the smart thing to do with ALL newspapers is to generously place them on public benches, all the better to kindly share them with literate but otherwise homeless folks who could surely use a good and timely read to however briefly, take their minds away from their troubles.

    Of course, kindness may also be a crime, unless you are licensed to be kind.

  • John

    This is the dream of the fascist left coming true. Soon that sanitation worker will be promoted to his level of incompetence. Don’t laugh, it happened in Washington, DC. Thee is a guy who used to staple fliers on telephone poles in Chicago who became President.

  • nathans brother


  • Jim Bryant

    She’s learned her lesson. Next time she’ll just throw her newspaper on the ground.

  • WRTolkas

    What do you expect when you live in a People’s Soviet Paradise? Keep voting Dimocrat.

  • Tuttle

    The Green Police, they live inside of my head.
    The Green Police, they come to me in my bed.
    The Green Police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh no.

  • William Miller

    Still another reason why I hate cities…

    • DeadGuy

      Having lived more than half of my 60 years in a city, the remainder in a small town in the country, I think I can say with some degree of certainty that you, sir, don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground…

      And while Mr. Miller may be a moron, you sir, are a maroon!!! Yeah, go look it up.


  • Caddie

    Sounds like the old bag is lying. Hope she was to pay more than $100

  • Tim

    this is government at it’s finest, fining an old lady for throwing newspapers into a trash can, making an old lady take off her adult diaper to board a plane groping young children before flights, yes it is easy to pick on those who can’t fight back, I have 200 bucks the garbage man just didn’t want to empty the garbage can & saw he might have to do his job of actually emptying a garbage so he attacks an old lady & fines her for not littering but hell it’s new york what do you expect, they hide from the actual criminals & harass the helpless & call it law & order, never knew recycling was a law & if it is then well you get what you vote for a bunch of idiots in charge

  • Stormzeye

    Vote Democrat and get even more idiots on the public payroll to harass us all. The next election will be the Tea Party vs. Public Service Unions. Let freedom ring!

  • Why I left NY

    She should be FORCED into community service at Rikers Island cleaning LATRINES

    This is one of many reasons I left NY !

    • uberchrist33

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. That’s exactly what’s left. The Left!!!! The Green Nazis probably hit the Upper East Side more than any other place on the Island, since it’s mostly Republicans whom live there.

  • Jim

    Ah! I see your mistake. You are obviously trying to apply logic and reason to this heinous crime.

  • Daniel Morgan

    Seig Heil, mein Führer. I will obey or be sent to the green concentration camps.

  • Ben Dover

    There is a fine for spitting on the sidewalk….vomiting is FREE….New York needs to go away…..There are so many of them everywhere else telling the rest of us how GREAT this cesspool is….wonder why that is….

  • Walter Billings

    A person would have to be insane to live in NYC today.

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