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Would You Cheat the TTC?

By November 15, 2010

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Last week CBC News reported on particularly well-made counterfeit TTC tokens that have been making the rounds of the city's fare boxes. Since then two arrests have been made related to fake tokens, although it's not clear yet if there's a connection to the batch the CBC profiled.

In the first article, a recent journalism graduate is quoted talking about buying fake tokens for $2 each, through a friend-of-a-friend scenario. TTC spokesman Brad Ross informed the CBC that approximately 2000 counterfeit tokens are used everyday in Toronto, and is quoted discouraging users from buying what they know to be fakes.

A lot of comments on the articles talk about the problems with the TTC's fare system, but my problem is with all of the people who are taking the opportunity to cheat the system. I know that along with knowingly buying fake tokens, there are other people who duck out of paying fares by entering stations illegally. But I'm one of those people who'll pay my fare even on those rare occasions when the collector's gone from the booth and a polite sign is the only thing standing between me and a free ride.

What about you? Would you skip out on paying a TTC fare - or pay an illegally reduced fare - if the opportunity presented itself? Have you already?

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