Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for tour ‘scam’

Nellie Chapman
October 9, 2019

"We paid, then we read the tickets", he wrote on the post.

The Advance previously reported that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) proposed new regulations that would prevent Statue of Liberty tour operators from lying about where a tour is going and telling customers they need to pay for trips that are actually free.

He said the city would send cease-and-desist letters to two companies believed to be operating non-permitted buses in the area of downtown Manhattan where the boats to Liberty Island launch.

Talk about getting taken for a ride. "We won't let up until illegal and deceitful practices are a thing of the past".

There they were: Alec Baldwin, his wife and kids standing on the sidewalk in Battery Park Sunday, waiting to board a supposed ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty just across New York Harbor.

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"The Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of the promise of the America", said de Blasio, a Democrat.

Baldwin erupted online Monday, claiming he and his family were bilked by a fake Statue of Liberty tour operator who instead almost led them onto a bus bound for New Jersey.

But then, right after purchasing them, Baldwin and his family were escorted to a shuttle bus headed for Liberty Park, in Jersey City. "It's the best ride in NY", Baldwin said. Although he's a native Long Islander, Alec Baldwin revealed Monday he'd been taken by what he calls a Big Apple "scam", NBC New York reports.

The ticket, issued by "Tours R Us" - which has a one-star rating on Tripadvisor, with multiple reviews from unhappy patrons citing they were scammed - cost the star $40 a ticket. NO [ONE] EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!' Baldwin wrote in an Instagram post about the debacle.

Faulty ticket sellers have hawked scam passes near Battery Park City for years as the city and the NYPD have repeatedly tried to crack down on them.

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