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Old 07-22-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Astoria, NY
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I always give these people a swipe if they ask nicely...why not? I was once so broke when I was younger that I had to search for a job ducking under the turnstile to get to apply places.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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Giving someone a swipe isn't illegal, but selling them one apparently is.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 100 Precinct
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This is directly a result of the MTA having unlimited cards. A lot of times, people assume you're coming home from work and not using the train again for the rest of the day. So they ask if you can swipe them through since its free.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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I love when they ask me for one. Without responding I swipe my unlimited and it's locked so they have no chance at using it.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Well in my case, I don't use an unlimited metrocard and the woman who approached me was perhaps a block away from the subway station entrance. So it was very strange as far as I am concerned.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: The Present
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I can remember about 10 years ago when it was so common to see people in droves selling swipes (way before they started to crack down on it pretty hard). When I'm coming home I don't mind swiping people who need rides in (every now and then), but I don't do it on a regular basis.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Giving someone a swipe isn't illegal, but selling them one apparently is.
It probably isn't illegal if you have a pay per ride card. If you're an unlimited ride card holder there may be some consequences for that.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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It probably isn't illegal if you have a pay per ride card. If you're an unlimited ride card holder there may be some consequences for that.
Very good point - I bet you are right. The idea is, depriving the MTA of a fare.

They were thinking of extending the possible time between swipes from 18 minutes to 60. Does anyone know if that went through ?
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:59 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Very good point - I bet you are right. The idea is, depriving the MTA of a fare.

They were thinking of extending the possible time between swipes from 18 minutes to 60. Does anyone know if that went through ?
It didn't and there's no way that could go through without massive public resistance. Even so, the lockout only applies to the same station or station complex, so you could easily go one avenue further or the like and enter that way.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Those people that always asks for swipes make me worried that if I one day loose my bag or wallet and have nothing to get home, that no one will give me a swipe because they think I'm scamming the system.
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