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Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for tour 'scam'

The Baldwins balked and didn’t board the bus “this is a scam,” Alec posted. Instead he got on what he called “the best ride in NY,” the SI ferry Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for tour 'scam'
Deanna Wagner | 09 October, 2019, 10:21

Alec Baldwin and his family have been left red-faced and a little annoyed after booking what they thought was a legitimate ticket for a boat cruise around the Statue of Liberty while staying in ny.

He added: 'Take the SI Ferry.

But then, right after purchasing them, Baldwin and his family were escorted to a shuttle bus headed for Liberty Park, in Jersey City.

Baldwin shared a photo of his ticket that shows he paid $40 for each one, though it is unclear how many he bought.

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.

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Alec Baldwin is angry after getting fooled by an infamous tourist scam in New York City. "It's the best ride in NY", Alec Baldwin said.

"NO ON EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!", Baldwin - a lifelong New Yorker - wrote in the post. "This is a scam", he wrote of Tours R Us, which comes up with poor reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. He says his family ultimately ended up taking the Staten island Ferry, which is free and passes the Statue of Liberty.

But, as The Post previously reported, access is permitted "at the discretion of the captain" - despite stringent safety rules put in place following the 2003 ferry crash that left 11 people dead.

The DCA said it chose to work on the rule changes after receiving a number of complaints about ticket sellers misrepresenting the destination of trips and selling tickets for trips to places like Staten Island on the free Island ferry. Tickets go for $18.50 and can be purchased online or at a kiosk in Battery Park, but vendors claiming to sell tickets to the attractions often dupe tourists into purchasing deceptive rides for double the price of a Statue Cruises ticket.