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Louisville mayor says two employees caught dumping trash into Ohio River will be disciplined

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This photograph from Tara Kleinhenz shows two city employees dumping trash into the Ohio River. This photograph from Tara Kleinhenz shows two city employees dumping trash into the Ohio River.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says two city employees photographed dumping trash into the Ohio River last week will be "appropriately disciplined."

Louisville resident Tara Kleinhenz took the picture Thursday and posted it on Facebook, which drew the attention of Fischer.

"The trash is collected off the Riverfront, only to be dumped back in?" Kleinhenz wrote in her post. She tells WDRB News, "We were just walking with some of my co-workers and were in disbelief when we watched the whole thing happen."

Kleinhenz took the picture from the stairs near the Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson. She says she was just enjoying the Waterfront view when she saw the two men. Kleinhenz says, "We watched them walk towards the river and dump the trash can right in front of us."

One of her friends posted the picture to the Mayor's Facebook page on Tuesday and after investigating, the Mayor responded saying "We just checked-- these are Belle of Louisville employees and they were dumping trash in the river. This is completely unacceptable and they will be appropriately disciplined for this."

Belle of Louisville CEO John Boyle wouldn't say much about the incident. He says, "We found the incident to be unacceptable and it will never happen again." He wouldn't answer questions about the employees or say their exact discipline.

Kleinhenz says, "It was a lot of driftwood. There was wrappers, bottles, caution tape, you can see in the photo as well. It was just disappointing even though it was mostly wood, you shouldn't put it back in the river, kind of defeats the purpose of collecting it in the first place."

She goes on to say, "I was glad to see action on the issue."

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