Taylor Swift seems to have some bad blood with the New York City sanitation department.
According to city records, the singer has been ticketed 32 times since moving into a Tribeca penthouse in October 2017, receiving fines of $3,010 for leaving trash on the sidewalks in front of her building.
The tickets were issued between January 2018 and January 2023, which cite piles of newspapers, bottles, cardboard, napkins, wrappers, “scattered ashtray contents," and even a cigarette carton being left outside, obstructing public sidewalks. Her building is the only on the block to receive such high fines.
Fans have defended their idol, insisting that the buildup of trash comes from paparazzi and fans who camp outside in hopes of seeing Swift. The idol is solely responsible for keeping the space clean, and some of her Tribeca neighbors have said they are getting fed up.
“She doesn’t care about leaving trash out,” a 22-year-old dog walker in the area told The New York Post. “I think she’s more focused on her multi-million dollar tour that’s bankrupting all her fans.”
The three-story townhouse at 153 Franklin St previously belonged to International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was renting the building for $50,000 a month in 2011 while under house arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel worker.
Swift purchased the building for $18 million, converting it into a private entrance for the condominium she owned next door at 155 Franklin St. She has reportedly spent over $30 million on the New York properties, both of which have been issued the sanitation tickets over the past several years.
Even with an estimated net worth of $570 million, Swift's lawyers have challenged the fines, getting them reduced by $200. Neither Swift and her representatives, nor the New York sanitation department, have commented on the ongoing ticketing.
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