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W. Mich. women speak out after New York Pedicab experience
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Three West Michigan women are making national headlines, as they take a stand for tourists getting ripped off in New York City.
They say a Pedicab driver took them for hundreds of dollars on a recent trip, and the Department of Consumer Affairs says they're not alone.
It's taken months of work, but the three women that spoke to Newschannel 3 this week have their money back.
They say, however, that that's not enough, and they want to see the driver lose his license.
The Department of Consumer Affairs is also considering criminal charges.
The start of a girls weekend in New York was one to remember for three West Michigan women.
The pedicab ride was meant as something fun, until an anticipated $50 ride ended up costing $500.
"He explained it was a $163," said Mary Simonds, who paid for the cab. "I was just floored at how much it is, but not wanting to ruin the trip, I offered to pay it all and handed him my credit card."
But he didn't mean $163 for the ride. The women say he wanted that much per passenger--a fee the Department of Consumer Affairs says is illegal.
The city requires minute meters in each cab, and the women tried to file a police report in New York, but were told they had to wait 24 hours.
Now the DCA has assigned their case a lawyer and is looking into the driver.
Three months later, two of the three women have been reimbursed by their credit card companies, and their story is making national news.
The women are now encouraging others to be more proactive up front.
The women tell Newschannel 3 that they're considering a class action lawsuit against the driver.
At minimum, they'd like to see his license revoked and for him to pay back the others that have been overcharged.