George Washington Bridge Security Guard Caught Sleeping in Booth

A security guard at the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York City and New Jersey, was caught sleeping on the job, according to the Cliffview Pilot.

The northern New Jersey news site posted photos of the worker, who appeared to be napping inside a security guard booth near the New York side of the bridge Monday morning.

Bicyclist Joey Lepore told the Pilot that he saw the man dozing at about 10:15 a.m. and took photos. He said it was the third time he's seen a bridge attendant sleeping inside a booth.

The guard, who worked for contractor FJC Security, has been fired, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

"The Port Authority takes the safety of its passengers and facilities very serious and has spent more than $4 billion on security since 9/11," the agency said in a statement. "The Port Authority welcomes the public's vigilance on matters of safety and security and we encourage our customers to contact us if they encounter anything out of the ordinary."

Since Sept. 11, 2001, security has tightened at the bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey because they're considered prime targets for terrorists.

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