New York City is an expensive place to visit, especially if you want to have the best time possible. However, the fare charged for a family of four, $442, is simply ridiculous. It probably is best at this point for the city to intervene and create normalized fares to ensure customers don't get gauged like that again.
Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious.
The outrageous fare made headlines in the city's tabloids over the summer, and since then, officials have been pushing for a simplified pricing structure so tourists don't get taken for a ride.
Even operators of the pedicabs – essentially adult tricycles with a padded seat that can carry three passengers – say publicity over the mother of all shakedown fares has given all of them a bad name.