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Alec Baldwin, a “savvy New Yorker”, gets duped by classic NYC scam

Alec Baldwin, a “savvy New Yorker”, gets duped by classic NYC scam

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

NEW YORK — Celebrities, they’re just like us! They do everyday mundane things like laundry and take their kids to the park and, in the case of Alec Baldwin, get scammed out of their travel dollars.

The actor, producer and regular Trump impersonator on ‘Saturday Night Live’ fell victim to a bogus Statue of Liberty tour that doesn’t actually take passengers to the statue.

Baldwin posted Sun on Instagram that he bought tickets at New York City’s South Ferry station for a ‘boat tour’ that would’ve taken him, his wife Hilaria and their children past Lady Liberty. The only catch? The tour actually departed from New Jersey.

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“So, we head to South Ferry. Me and @hilariabaldwin Two sharp, savvy NYers. Kids in tow. We buy the tickets for the “boat tour” of the Statue of Liberty. We are escorted to a shuttle bus. To New Jersey! I kid you not. We paid. Then we read the tickets. NO ON (sic) EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!!! This is a scam,” he wrote in his Instagram caption.

Baldwin went on to tell followers to “take the SI Ferry. It’s the best ride in NY.”

Baldwin’s ticket, which appears to have been sold by a company called ‘Tours R Us’, set him back US$40. In comparison, licenced Statue of Liberty operator Statue Cruises charged just $18.50 per ticket.

According to a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city “continues to fine sellers who scam customers.”

As for Baldwin and his family, all was not lost. They ended up taking the Staten Island Ferry, which is not only a legit service but also free of charge.

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