• Pittsburgh Public Works employees banned from stopping at restaurants, stores while on job

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    Some workers say a new City of Pittsburgh policy is out of line.

    It prevents Public Works crews from going to restaurants and convenience stores while on the job.

    "Just a little bit frustrated seeing the number of vehicles at all these places. I want the job that everybody has to do to be the most important thing first," Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gable said.

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    They can't even run in to use the restroom, Gable said, they have to use city-owned properties.

    "We have 38 fire stations, any number of police and EMS stations. We have rec centers and senior centers, public works facilities, we have port-a-johns in the park. There's no lack of space for people to use the restrooms," he said.


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