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Rip-Off Hot Dog Vendor Ticketed After Charging $30 for Wieners, Police Say

By Gwynne Hogan | May 21, 2015 7:52am

MANHATTAN — Police have slapped a hot dog vendor with three fines for failing to post prices after he was caught charging as much as $30 for his wieners, police said Wednesday.

Ahmed Mohammed was cited after NBC New York reported that he charged anywhere from $3 to $30 for his dogs.

The vendor Ahmed Mohammed, whose cart is on the corner of Greenwich Street and Albany Street adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial, varied the price of his merchandise depending on who was buying, NBC New York reported.

"I asked for a hot dog and a Dr. Pepper," one man told the local news outlet. Mohammed wanted to charge $30 for the combo, the man said.

Jessica Lappin of the Downtown Alliance said they began receiving reports about the overpriced dogs last week and got about five complaints from miffed customers.

"People get upset about that type of thing and rightly so," she said. "He shouldn't be preying on people. It gives people, whether they live here or work here, a bad impression. It's not the New York I know."

Lappin was not certain how long Mohammed had been peddling overpriced grub from his current location but said that he was fairly new to the neighborhood.

It was not immediately clear how much Mohammed faced in fines.