A pack of Pennsylvania vacationers have been taken for a experience by an unlicensed pedicab driver who charged them almost $500 for a 15-block journey in Midtown.
The group, principally teenagers on the town for a 15th birthday celebration with two grownup chaperones, have been hit with a $492 invoice by the “bully” pedicab operator, based on the vacationers and business reps.
The 13-person journey on Oct. 22 included three separate pedis on one invoice — and will have value round $72 complete even with the additional legwork, in response to business specialists.
“These pedicab scams occur every single day,” fumed Ibrahim Donmez, head of the New York Pedicab Community, an business group.
The town permits pedicab drivers to cost no matter they need, so long as it’s by the minute and clearly posted on a fee card.
That ambiguity permits shady operators to fleece clueless vacationers, who do not know how lengthy journeys can absorb New York visitors, for large quantities.
Donmez needs a cap of $three a minute — which he says many respected drivers already cost — and says he receives at the least one grievance every week on his web site from vacationers hoodwinked by unscrupulous drivers.
On this occasion, Christina Dorris, 39, and her pal drove to Manhattan in a van full of teenagers to rejoice her daughter’s birthday.
After the group went to see “Kinky Boots” on the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on W. 45th St., the group determined to take a look at the Tiffany flagship retailer on Fifth Ave. and 57th St.
Dorris informed the Information that a pedi driver approached her and provided the large group a journey for $7 a minute.
“I stated, ‘complete?’ and he stated sure,’” she stated.
When she agreed, he referred to as over two different pedicabs, and guaranteed her it will all be on one invoice and once more advised her it was $7 a minute “complete,” she stated.
What ought to have been a fast experience dragged on when the driving force — who Donmez later recognized by way of pictures from Dorris’ journey as Samad Mansurov — took the great distance, stated the mother.
The journey ended up taking 21 minutes. Mansurov charged them $7 a minute for all three pedicabs, and added a surcharge for carrying additional passengers for a complete of $492, she stated.
She tried to argue with him, however he received very indignant and demanding, Dorris stated.
“He went from good man to ‘I’m going to screw you,’” she stated.
Donmez stated he’s additionally had points with Mansurov and referred to as him a “bully.”
Mansurov didn’t reply to a message for remark.
The Metropolis’s Shopper Affairs Division confirmed he had a license that expired in 2014, a DCA spokesman stated.
Donmez stated that the worst of the pedicab drivers troll round Midtown within the late afternoon and early night, making the remainder of the hardworking business look dangerous.
A Metropolis Corridor spokeswoman informed The Information that “A number of businesses are dedicated to enforcement of the pedicab business to make sure riders are protected. The Division of Shopper Affairs, the Parks Division and the NYPD work collectively to find out enforcement approaches that tackle these points.”