NYC Officials Set On Rooting Out Errant Food Vendors Who Don’t Post Prices

It started with one vendor accused of selling $30 hot dogs to unwitting tourists, but now New York City officials want to make it clear that food carts must have their prices listed for customers to see if they don’t want the long arm of the law to come knocking.

The Department of Consumer Affairs has embarked on a “crackdown” on street vendors who aren’t displaying their prices, reports the New York Post, focusing its efforts on where tourists and visitors are commonly found.

“We are cracking down on vendors not posting prices — especially in key business and tourist corridors throughout the city,” Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin said. “We take consumer protection very seriously in New York City, and we want to make sure no visitor to our great city and no New Yorker is taken advantage of by ­unscrupulous vendors.”

The agency’s inspectors have been told to pay special attention to vendors who either hide how much their items costs or just make them up on the spot.

Along with the now infamous hot dog vendor caught on tape in downtown Manhattan, the NYP says it also spotted about a dozen vendors breaking the law around City Hall — in other words, right near the area where laws are made against such shady dealings.

The paper says one vendor tried to sell a reporter a hot dog for $7, changing the price for the jumbo wiener to $8 an hour later. When asked to see his prices, he pulled out a sheet of paper with hot dogs listed at $4, and said the extra money was added on for sauerkraut no one asked for.

Consumer Affairs officials say there have been 20 complaints about food vendor ripoffs since 2014. Anyone who encounters a cart without prices listed or is charged more than the posted price can submit a complaint to the agency online at or call 311 in NYC.

NYC declares war on free-market hot dogs [New York Post]

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