Charging anywhere from $3 to $30 for a hot dog in NYC, as now infamous street vendor Mohammed Ahmed was doing, isn't just outrageous, it's illegal. The city requires that vendors post their prices and consumer affairs commissioner Julie Menin told the Post: "We are cracking down on vendors not posting prices — especially in key business and tourist corridors throughout the city." The agency's 50 inspectors will start patrolling vendors, looking for rogues and doling out fines ranging between $50 and $250 to vendors who don't post their prices.
This came after Ahmed and other vendors were found changing their prices throughout the day, depending upon who approached their carts. The truly damning evidence, according to the paper, came from an hard-hitting investigation by a Post reporter who went to one cart twice in a day and found the price changed from $7 to $8.
Menin added: "We want to make sure no visitor to our great city and no New Yorker is taken advantage of by unscrupulous vendors."
Spot a cart without its prices posted? Call 311 or go to nyc.gov/consumer