I recently read about a tourist scam in New York City where one shady hot dog vendor was charging tourists up to $30 for a hot dog!
When I read that story I couldn’t believe that anyone would fall for that outrageous pricing… Could tourist scams get much worse? They sure can….
The Staten Island Ferry is used by locals and tourists for different reasons. Those living on SI take the ferry as a way to get to NYC for work and play while tourists take the ferry for the great views (and most likely not to visit the borough itself)…
Everyone pays a bargain basement price to ride the ferry- it’s free unless you just don’t know better…
A couple of tourists paid a con man $400 for Staten lsland Ferry tickets. Imagine $200 per person for a ride which should be free!
Even if you weren’t sure if the ferry was free or not, who would really believe that the ride cost so much money? I could see someone falling for paying $20 or so but $200! I mean come on!
The con man, Gregory Reddick was arrested soon after he was approached by Parks Enforcement Patrolman Jean-Baptist Joseph saw him scamming the tourists on Pier 15.
According to the New York Post, “They’re targeting people who are tourists, because they just don’t know better,” said a source with the city’s Parks Enforcement Patrol.
The Post article also mentions that most tourists complaining of being charged for the ferry paid $25. That seems to be a more believable price to fall for…
To look more official, Reddick was wearing an Authorized Ticket Agent jacket.
The Post mentions that “he has at least five aliases, six Social Security numbers and seven dates of birth — and has spent at least nine years in prison for burglary and credit-card fraud“.
The sad part is that this career criminal has received not much more than “a slap on the wrist”. Reddick was released without bail on misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors are requesting that bail be set at $1,000.
He’s only been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
This has got to be one of the most ridiculous (and pricey) tourist scams that I have ever heard of.
Find out more from the New York Post here.