Everyone knows New York City isn’t cheap, but here’s a PSA for all the tourists out there: No self-respecting street cart vendor would sell you a hot dog and a soda for $30. They may be looking to rip you off at least a little, but Ahmed Mohammad, a street cart vendor in downtown Manhattan, near the 9/11 memorial, went too far, charging tourists between $30 and $35 for a pretzel and a hot dog or a hot dog and a soda. The Alliance for Downtown New York said that verbal fights have broken out over the extravagant prices, according to NBC.
“I said, ‘what are you, a crook?’” a customer named David said. He stormed away after hearing the price. “I am not a tourist, so I know the prices.”
The New York Post caught Mohammad in action, but he pretended he didn’t know what they were talking about.
“Maybe they [complaining customers] don’t speak English,” he told reporters. Security footage clearly shows Mohammad charging some customers $3 and some $30 for the same order.
Although street cart vendors can charge customers whatever they wish, prices must be posted clearly, and in this case, they were not. Usually, prices for a hot dog run between $2 and $4. The New York Post says that the Department of Consumer Affairs will be investigating Mohammad’s business.