A food vendor for New York City is being investigated and has been accused of selling tourist hot dogs for $30 each. The tourist are people who were visiting from other countries and not aware of what a regular price is for a hot dog. The vendor took advantage of the tourist while he charged local NYC residents $3 for the same hot dog he sold the tourist for $30.
According to NBC New York, it was a fight that broke out at the World Trade Center site that led authorities to investigate the food vendor, due to people complaining of the man overcharging them for hot dogs, pretzels and sodas. The reports varied but were all the same of people being charged between $15 to $30 for a hot dog or pretzel. NBC New York compiled their own invstigative report when they caught the man on camera trying to sell a person a hot dog for $15.
"I said, ‘What are you, a crook?" the customer later told NBC 4 New York. "I’m not a tourist, so I know the price in New York."
A representative from the Alliance for Downtown New York also spoke to news reporters and were concern when they received reports about the overcharging of hot dogs, sodas and etc. They expressed how it gives NYC a bad name and can affect certain businesses that tourism generates.
"To rip-off somebody, to charge them $35 for a hot dog and a pretzel, that leaves a terrible impression."
The food vendor is also being investigated by the head security in Alliance and will most likely face charges, resulting in the suspension of his food vendor liscense.