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Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

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One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.

It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.

The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.

In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.

The issue that catches drivers is that there is a bike lane separating it from the roadway and there are no yellow lines on the curb. It makes the spot near it tempting to drivers.  It doesn't help that the hydrant doesn't even look to be operational to the average observer.

The sign, written in Chinese, warns people not to park near it. Tickets for parking near it cost drivers $115. In a 12 month period, it rang up $33,000 in fines. The average per capita salary in the United States is $27,000 so the hydrant makes more than the average American.

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