From the Daily News:
Metrocard. Don't go home with it.
That's the pitch subway hustlers are making to tourists on their way to John F. Kennedy Airport and their flights back home.
"What are the tourists going to do with them?" explained one of the men, showing off a handful of MetroCards he had scored. "Throw them in the garbage? I can hustle and make a buck."
The fast-talkers collect MetroCards at two eastern Queens transit hubs that connect the subway system to the airport-bound AirTrain: Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave. in Jamaica and Howard Beach.
With the still-valid MetroCards in hand, the so-called "swipers" then sell other straphangers entry into the subway system for less than the $2.25 fare.
Undercover police periodically make arrests for swipe-selling, but most get off with a slap on the wrist.
"If I got arrested, I'd be out the next morning," said the hustler who spoke to the Daily News.
The swindler - who called himself "J" - said he couldn't find legitimate work. But he can make between $30 to $80 a day selling swipes, he said.
"It keeps me full," he said.
One transit worker said some of the hustlers can be intimidating, if not menacing, to tourists laded down with baggage.