Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for tour ‘scam’

Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for tour ‘scam’

The 30 Rock star and wife Hilaria wanted to take their four children to go and see the iconic NY monument in style, so made a decision to shell out on US$40 tickets after a bogus ticket seller promised they were for a tour of Liberty Island, where the statue is located.

The "Tours R Us" ticket shown on the 61-year-old actor's social media says a free shuttle bus is offered to Liberty Park, New Jersey, and Baldwin's not happy about it. Take the SI Ferry. Baldwin, his wife, Hilaria, and their children were then escorted to a shuttle bus to New Jersey.

Scalpers target tourists who are unaware of the location differences as they advertise the ticket as a one-hour tour, but riders typically end up spending at least three hours on the journey that doesn't take them to the Statue of Liberty.

De Blasio said Baldwin's online rant had nothing to do with the city announcing its latest crackdown. A glance at complaints to the Better Business Bureau show other grievances from people who have paid for Tours R Us tickets, from long wait times to similar gripes about customers thinking they'll leave from ny and later finding out that the company is based in New Jersey, meaning customers have to be driven to the pier where it operates.

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After all the misdirection, Baldwin's family ended up taking the Staten Island Ferry.

'We didn't want to bring Romeo on the deck because it was so windy, ' Hilaria wrote. There have also been reports of scammers selling tickets to the Staten Island Ferry, which is free.

"I have long decried the unfortunate situation where unsuspecting tourists are being scammed by unscrupulous and aggressive ticket hawkers and being sold tickets that actually don't take them to Statue of Liberty", Nadler said.

The only company allowed to access Liberty Island is Statue Cruises, the city said.

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