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

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

A message was left with the tour operator that apparently sold Baldwin the tickets.

What Alec Baldwin thought were five tickets for the Statue of Liberty ended up being for a New Jersey-bound shuttle bus.

Hilaria Baldwin also posted a photo of the family posing on the ferry in front of the Statue of Liberty.

'I kid you not. It's a cool $3 to climb to the top of the statue, and Statue Cruises cost a reasonable $18 per rider, less than half the $35 or $40 Baldwin likely paid, New York Daily News reports. NO [ONE] EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!' Baldwin wrote in an Instagram post about the debacle.

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"We paid, then we read the tickets", he wrote on the post. Take the SI Ferry. "It's the best ride in NY", Baldwin said.

Only one tour company, Statue Cruises, is licensed to take visitors to Liberty Island, but ticket sellers from other companies often mislead tourists into believing they are booking a ride to the statue. A glance at complaints to the Better Business Bureau show other grievances from people who have paid for Tours R Us tickets, from long wait times to similar gripes about customers thinking they'll leave from ny and later finding out that the company is based in New Jersey, meaning customers have to be driven to the pier where it operates. The city's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is also finalizing new rules that require sellers to clearly state on tickets whether their boat will actually land at Liberty and Ellis islands, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation is continuing its ban of companies from city berths that utilize the deceptive ticket sellers.

Tourists are frequently conned by shady operators selling tours that don't go to Liberty Island.

"The Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of the promise of the America", said de Blasio, a Democrat.

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