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Old 03-11-2013, 12:12 AM
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Default Using someone else's reduced fare metro card

if u use someone else's reduced fare metro card, how can u get caught?
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:31 AM
 
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reduced metrocard like a senior citizen's card??

If you take a bus you will get caught. If you take the train your chances of getting caught are low. Just swipe really fast and cover the logo of the card.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:40 AM
 
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Ok I am very confused about this. There was this woman in the subway who helped us with the cards and figuring it out, but to this day I am still not sure what she did. She was swiping a card and pressing buttons fast. We got the subway cheaper that way then when we did it on our own but I don't really know what she did and couldn't duplicate the results when I tried it on my own. But hey, she showed us how to work the machine and get a card and we spend the rest of the day getting around the city by subway. It was fun, like a challenge to figure it out with all the connectors and letters and color routes. Once we got the hang of it was simple to use, but I tell you what, it was like learning a foreign language at first. I'd never taken public transportation before.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Using a reduced fare metrocard when not a senior????? This is a heinous crime, An Absolutely shocking example of a criminal mastermind. A true super-villian, Like Ming the merciless.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: In the Hood, Brooklyn, NY
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if u use someone else's reduced fare metro card, how can u get caught?
Ok. First of all, it's a crime to use someone else's reduced fare card if it is not yours. It's Theft of Service and is a Misdemeanor if caught. Second, when you swipe that card, a red indicator light lights up. If a plainclothes cop is on the platform, they will stop you, ask you for id, write you a summons or arrest you. Third, if you are caught with the card, it will be confiscated by the cops. The person whom you borrowed it from will be out of a card because that card is reported and returned to the Transit Authority.

Best advice, just pay the fare.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:40 PM
 
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MTA going to great lengths in stopping subway scammers * - NY Daily News

Scamming MetroCards Is NOT Stealing, Says Court Of Appeals: Gothamist

The JFK AirTrain Metrocard Scam That's Freaking Out Foreigners || Jaunted
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:14 AM
 
Location: NY, NY (Home Base). Everywhere else as needed.
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Don't do it. Ride a bike instead and avoid the subway altogether. I did that 10 years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:52 AM
 
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Second, when you swipe that card, a red indicator light lights up.
I never saw that. Where is it?
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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I never saw that. Where is it?
It lights up in/near the booth.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:33 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Yes, the light does come up. When I was 25 a high-schooler I knew gave me his student-card and I shamefully decided to use it a few times. I went into the Broadway/Lafayette B/D/F station and two cops stopped me after the light came on and questioned me. Thankfully they let me go with just a warning instead of a fine but I stopped using the card after that.
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