Tuesday, February 3
MetroCard Dispensers Breaking Down due to Tampering and Heavy Use
The tamperer's goal is to break the machine so that riders will be forced to use
the services of a person who just happens to be waiting nearby with a handful
of unlimited-ride day passes offering to swipe people through for $2.
...happened to me twice in two days in Manhattan. The MetroCard readers
only let you scan your unlimited-use card once every 15 mins or so, but if you
have multiple cards, you can just alternate between them. The single-use
cards cost $2 anyway, so the rider doesn't get impacted - it's the city that gets
ripped off. Clever.