Alert!!! MTA credit card swipe malfunction!!
Wait -- is this part of the fare hikes? The MTA is taking advance payment for future fares or something? We're not sure what's going on, but please heed this warning this morning:
DO NOT dip your credit or debit card in an MTA MetroCard vending machine this morning. Due to some kind of "technical glitch" the machines "system wide are experiencing problems processing Debit and Credit card transactions."
TRANSLATION: This means you dip your card. You get charged, but you don't get a MetroCard. We got this account earlier today from an enraged straphanger at the Bedford Ave. station in Williamsburg:
First he tried to buy a card at the Driggs Ave. station, but the machine could not process the transaction. So he walked a block to Bedford and the same thing. Two dips. No cards. But a call to his bank confirmed he'd been charged for both $20 transactions. "They are jacking up prices and are resorting to stealing your **** money. Way to go MTA."
We hope you avoid this fate this morning. But if this happened to you too ... write in and let us know.