City Bike 'Gaming' Story RetractionChris Menahan
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In response to a Daily Mail article, I originally commented that "the able-bodied 17-year-old West African immigrant who tried to claim a pregnant white woman stole his bike had admitted in an interview with a sympathetic news outlet that he was gaming NYC's City Bike system in order to ride the bike for hours for free."
"The teen, who is only being identified as 'Michael,' told Newsone he had already ridden the bike for 45 minutes -- which is the limit for SNAP welfare recipients to ride the bike for free at which point additional fees of $0.17/minute or $0.23/minute for an ebike kick in -- but by redocking the bike and waiting around he could reset the counter and take it out again for free," I said.
"Those who are not on the dole have to pay $19 for a Day Pass which 'gives you an unlimited number of 30-minute rides over a 24-hour period' or buy a $205/yr annual membership which gives you 'unlimited 45-minute rides for a full year.' Even for those with an annual membership, trips longer than 45 minutes 'incur an extra $0.17 per additional minute,'" I continued.
"Sarah Jane Comrie, the pregnant hospital worker who had just finished a 12-hour shift, tried to take the bike out 'Michael' was
I do not know whether or not docking the bike and denying other people in need from using it -- in this case a pregnant woman who had just finished a 12 hour shift -- goes against City Bike's rules and do not want to spread inaccurate information if it isn't.
If it's not against their rules then "Michael" was not gaming the system as I claimed. There's already a ton of wrong information surrounding this story and I apologize for potentially adding to it.
Here's the highlights from The Daily Mail's story for everyone to judge for themselves:
“NYC high school senior, 17, who claimed his Citibike was stolen by pregnant hospital worker in viral video says he rode the same bike from the Bronx and was re-docking it briefly to avoid higher fee – so who do YOU think was right?”
On the day of the incident, May 12th, Michael and four other teenagers rode bikes from the Bronx to Harlem at 5:53pm, then to the Lower East Side of Manhattan.Follow InformationLiberation on Twitter, Facebook, Gab, Minds and Telegram.