2 drunk LIRR customers 1st to receive MTA fines for not wearing masks

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA has fined two customers for refusing to wear masks since its new penalty took effect last week, the agency said Thursday.

MTA police officers slapped a drunk man with a $50 fine for refusing to wear a mask after he loitered outside an LIRR ticket window at Penn Station and harassed an employee on Saturday, an MTA spokesperson confirmed. 

A second intoxicated LIRR customer at Penn Station received a $50 fine on Wednesday after he refused multiple requests to wear a face covering, despite being offered a free mask, the spokesperson said. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Pat Foye announced that the agency would start fining maskless subway, bus and commuter rail riders earlier this month. The new rule took effect on Monday, Sept. 14.