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Old 08-21-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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lol the nerve of beggars smh..
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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I don't think that is so. I was chatting with a cop the other day about this very thing and he didn't say a thing about it being illegal.
Oh ok.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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Oh ok.
He did mention that some of the people who ask for swipes are criminals who want to board the system to rip off people. I thought this was a bit of a stretch, but I did not say anything. I tend to be very polite to people armed with deadly weapons.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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I could imagine myself losing my wallet far from home and not having an easy way to get back. If they don't seem to be trying to game the system (which is very rare, admittedly) I'll swype them through. If I have an unlimited that month obviously I can't help them.

And I don't believe it is illegal - I often swype friends through with no problem and I don't see why this would be any different in the eyes of the MTA/law.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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And I don't believe it is illegal - I often swype friends through with no problem and I don't see why this would be any different in the eyes of the MTA/law.
You're free to believe what you like, of course. But I can tell you as an MTA employee: the transit system maintains an internal radio system called the "six wire," by which it can communicate directly with the police. Many times, I've heard calls go out over the six-wire for police to respond to a station where people were selling MetroCard swipes. That doesn't speak well for legality. Just so you know.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:27 PM
 
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Whenever I have an unlimited and the person asks in a decent way, I usually give a swipe. It doesn't take a second nor does it diminish the value of the card. Even when it isn't an unlimited, as long as I'm paying for the card I've given swipes. By the way, a public transportation fare is a tax subsidy, making the Mass Transit Authority's responsibility a municipal obligation not a private business. Note that MTA sells the fares, they don't rent them.

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Old 08-26-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I once swiped my card and some guy came up and tried to go through the turnstile (it was the revolving kind...not sure what you call it). Luckily, the machine said slide card again so he couldn't get through.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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I once swiped my card and some guy came up and tried to go through the turnstile (it was the revolving kind...not sure what you call it). Luckily, the machine said slide card again so he couldn't get through.
Wow, quite a pair on that guy. I think of this situation sometimes because there are times the guys are there asking for a swipe and i wonder if there will come a time i go through and someone gets right on top of me and goes through as well. Which would result in a fine for both of us. I always keep my eyes open thinking of this.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Stop Being Nosy
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I have a unlimited so I dont mind, as long as they ask nicely. I always swipe young kids on. Just because I was a young bad ass kid once. I know they were probably out doing something they shouldnt have been, and is trying to race home before thier parents get off work. I been there before lol.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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saw someone getting a ticket for giving away a swipe with his unlimited...$40.00 by some rookie a##hole nypd cop...
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