From the Daily News:
THE $2 subway fare isn't just a memory for some Queens straphangers.
Up to six men at a time, known as "swipers," offer riders discounted entry at the Sutphin Blvd.-Archer Ave.-JFK subway station turnstiles in Jamaica. The enterprising lawbreakers typically operate from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the weekday rush-hour commute.
Besides the $2 single ride, a discount of 25 cents, the swipers also offer unlimited one-day passes for $5, a decrease of 39%, and unlimited weekly cards for $20, a decrease of 26%...
But while the illicit business appears to be booming - one swiper bragged that he made $200 in one morning - some commuters said they've had enough.
"They break the [MetroCard] machines on purpose so that when you go in in the morning, only one machine works, and they're ready for you to use one of their MetroCards," said one disgruntled MTA customer who identified herself only as Erica, 31, of Jamaica.
Feeling harassed and inconvenienced, Erica often takes the Long Island Rail Road to her job in Manhattan to avoid the early-rising scammers, she said.
Erica has complained to transit police and to her local community board, but to no avail. "Nobody cares about it at all," she said. While the police do make sweeps of the station, dispersing and sometimes arresting the swipers, "they always come back," Erica said. "They're like roaches."