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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - Security guards running a bed and breakfast on George Washington Bridge have been fired, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Lou Daguerre, a commuter who frequents the bridge linking the two states, snapped photos of several guards sleeping in their booths while another was busy flipping pancakes and squeezing oranges, and the photos were posted on a local news Web site.

In another set of images, taken during heavy 7:45 a.m. rush hour traffic, a guard snoozes face down with his head in a plate of hash browns.

Daguerre said he first decided to document the bed-and-breakfast-style operation after witnessing the same guard napping on three seperate occasions.

"The first time I thought, 'I can't believe he's sleeping - he must be really tired,'" said Daguerre. "The second time, there was a "do not disturb" sign in the window! But the third time when I saw another guard bringing him fresh blankets and pillows? That's when I said, 'Enough is enough!'"

Daguerre said he confronted the guard later and told him he had caught him sleeping on the job three times, and had photos to prove it. "He asked me to hold on a second... then sent back his eggs because one of the yolks wasn't runny enough!"

A few days later, it happened again, but with a different guard, he said.

Instead of taking more photos, Daguerre brazenly marched right up to the sentry station and rapped on the window, but the guard continued snoring. Finding the door to be unlocked, he stepped inside and ripped away the guard's blankets.

"He rubbed his eyes and said, 'I thought I said no room service this morning!'" added an exasperated Daguerre. "He wasn't even wearing trousers!"

The entrepreneurs behind the George Washington Bridge Bed and Breakfast were fired by TLC Security, a contractor used by the Port Authority to oversee the George Washington Bridge and several other bridges leading into Manhattan.

Accordingly, expansion plans for the operation have been put on hold.

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