Day: February 27, 2016

NYC mails letter to comedy clubs to crack down on fraudulent Times Square ticket barkers

Times Square has attracted hustlers of all stripes for more than a century, each attempting to hustle tourists and other passing strangers out of their money. Barkers who make outrageous claims and otherwise lie to persuade you to buy vouchers for comedy club tickets aren’t new, either. Google “Times Square comedy barkers” and the top result is a warning posted to TripAdvisor back in 2010. In the nine years I’ve lived in New York City, every walk through Times Square has included at least one barker attempting to lure me to “comedy show” or “Comedy Central showcase,” or I’ve overheard...

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