How New Yorkers Earn $90 in 3 Minutes and Help the Environment With This Tattling Side Hustle

One man said he earned $64,000 a year with this trick.

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By Sam Silverman • Nov 9, 2022

If you're a do-gooder looking for some extra cash, this side hustle might be right for you.

According to a now-viral TikTok shared by financial advice content creator @doobzee.eth, people can get paid for reporting idling trucks in New York City.

@doobzee.eth #greenscreen Would you do this or is this just snitching? #nyc #sidehustle #idling #snitching ♬ Violin - Grooving Gecko

The tip takes advantage of the Citizens Air Complaint Program, which the NYC Department of Environmental Protection launched in 2019 to combat smog and provide financial incentives to New Yorkers who report emissions violations, per CNBC.

As explained in the video, which has been viewed 1.3 million times, people can get paid if they upload a clip of a truck idling for more than three minutes, which could warrant a $350 fine for first-time offenders, according to the Idling Complaint System's website.

Then once the ticket is paid, the snitch receives 25% of the cost, or $87.50 for the $350 ticket.

Although the account claims you can earn thousands by calling out running engines — one man claimed he earned $64,000 for his tattling — they warn that truckers could lash out if they spot a video reporter.

In the comments, people echoed similar concerns.

"Literally saw a fight break out between a driver and someone recording yesterday," one person commented.

Others highlighted the perspective of the truckers, "How are workers supposed to make deliveries there's never room to park legally?" one person added, while another said, "I drive a commercial vehicle in the city and I've had a couple. It gets cold and I get stuck out in the truck so I idle."

Sam Silverman

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Content Strategy Editor

Sam Silverman is a content strategy editor at Entrepreneur Media. She specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), and her work can be found in The US Sun, Nicki Swift, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and Health. Her coverage spans from business and tech to entertainment news. Sam is a graduate of Lehigh University and currently resides in NYC. 

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