Failure to Communicate

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Los Angeles officials say they won't fire two sanitation workers who ran up more than $7,000 in personal phone calls on their city-issued cell phones. They say it would be unfair because no one may have explained to the two they couldn't make personal calls on the phones. The city actually has a written policy banning personal calls on official phones, but sanitation officials say they aren't sure if that policy was ever explained to the two workers. The city has suspended the two, and it says it will recoup the money for the unauthorized calls from their salaries.