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CD Bullies in New York

 

Don't Take Any Handouts While In Times Square

(with video below) You are admiring the energy that Times Square has and the beautiful vibe that thousands of people are creating in bright New York. As you are checking out the shops and the huge posters around, a musician hands you a CD. “Hey check out my music, you’ll like it. Take this!” He will even autograph it for you.

As you take it, and step away, he will start yelling. “Hey, hold on, you didn’t pay! It’s $10, don’t run away!” Three or four other guys will surround you instantly. Many people get scared and pay $10, just to get away.

Watch the video below to see CD hustlers caught on camera in Times Square:

Times Square CD Hustlers Video

This is just one of the many scams happening in New York, from show tickets sales to entertainment rides.

How to avoid:

In regards to the 'musicians' approach, do not take the CD in the first place. If you do, when you try to give it back and they won’t let you, just put the CD at their feet and walk away. Do your homework if you are just about to go to the Big Apple. For entertainment, use services such as New York Pass and be very careful especially while in Times Square.

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