Saturday, July 20, 2013

Smartphone app Square lets NYC pedicabs fleece riders for hundreds of dollars and pedal away scot free



Do we have to use smartphone for every damn thing?


The smartphone credit-card app called Square allows crooked pedicab drivers to overcharge unsuspecting tourists and pedal away scot free, several hacks told The Post yesterday according to The New York Post.

The pedicabbies often tack on fees through the app without alerting the customers, who don’t know how much they’ve been charged until they see their credit-card statements and it’s too late, the drivers said.

“Some say it costs extra for a transaction fee or there are taxes involved so that they can easily overcharge,” said Selcuk Aydogu. “I don’t like it.”

Others said late-night drunks are frequent targets of the scheme. 

Laramie Flick, acting president of the NYC Pedicab Owners Association, said the Square mobile card-readers invite fraud and give honest rickshaws a bad name.

“Square just lets you charge people whatever you want,” he said. “They are helping these guys tremendously by doing this. It’s super easy to get an account and super hard for people who get cheated to find you again. Why is that?”

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