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1 Tigger2  Jun 7, 2015 4:08:37pm

He sure as hell wouldn’t have made any money off of me.

2 Eigth Immortal  Jun 7, 2015 8:03:38pm

“I’m shocked by one aspect of the story of the guy selling $30 hot dogs to tourists near the World Trade Center — shocked that he was fired. Who knew hot-dog men could be fired? (Looks like his boss knew——SK)”

No kidding, Shiplord Kirel. I didn’t know it was possible not to know that. Speaking of stupidity. I’d missed this story. Would anyone pay $30 for a hot dog? That wasn’t rhetorical. I’m asking.

3 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 7, 2015 11:54:31pm

re: #2 Eigth Immortal

Here’s the story that exposed the sausage scoundrel:
The NYC street vendor charging $30 for a hot dog and drink

4 Lord Of The Pies  Jun 8, 2015 4:37:46am

re: #3 Shiplord Kirel

Here’s the story that exposed the sausage scoundrel:
The NYC street vendor charging $30 for a hot dog and drink

A “free market” utopia would happen after a major disaster, where necessities are scarce and “entrepreneurs” (what we would call pirates) seize all the food and water USING THEIR GUNS and price-gouge desperate people.

5 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Jun 8, 2015 7:06:58am

Libertarians love to believe History never happened. We’ve been here before. The robber barons of the 1800’s were real. Price gouging by mining and railroad corporations using their remotely located “stores” deprived workers of their wages and installed a virtual slavery system.

In NYC, taking advantage of tourists has long been a problem, one that serves to do nothing but harm the great city’s image long term. Taxi drivers taking tourists “for a ride” ($700 rides to JFK) was a major problem that was greatly reduced during the 90’s. Better government regulation and technology has greatly reduced this sort of thing.

Here’s the thing- Libertarians don’t think long-term. Everything about life and business is extreme short term- taking advantage of the most recent opportunity for profit at the expense of any repercussions or responsibility. You cannot have a stable and prosperous country when your main concern if the next quarter’s profits. Or charging $30 for a hot dog and damaging your city’s reputation spoiling the right of others to earn a decent profit from future tourists. You can be sure those who spend $30 for a hot dog will tell their friends (and Facebook these days) not to go to NYC. That hurts everyone.

6 weave  Jun 8, 2015 8:17:11am

I wonder if the price varied depending on how foreign a person sounded or appeared? Sometimes it’s tough to calculate an exchange rate in your head, especially if it’s not somewhat near 1:1 like the Euro or Pound.

(as an aside, I remember being deathly afraid of signing a credit card slip in Mexico for $6,600 — ARE YOU SURE THIS IS PESOS?! IT DOESN’T SAY THAT ON THE SLIP!)

Anyway, I hit one of those carts near WTC last month. Not sure if same one. I wanted a bottle of water. Guys with coolers sell them around NYC for $1. Guy said $3. I said “too much” and he said “2 for 5” and I said $2 and he said no thanks, not that thirsty and I started walking away and he said OK.

7 sagehen  Jun 8, 2015 9:28:44am

There is an actual city ordinance that says prices should be posted, and all customers pay the same. It’s not unreasonable.


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