The story of a $250,000 subway typo is one of the stories trending on the Internet on Sunday.
New York City subway officials facing criticism because they threw away up to $250,000 worth of new subway maps because they displayed outdated fares, the New York Post reported Sunday.
“They’re very embarrassed about this,” a transit source told the paper. “They were frantically calling the booths trying to get these maps back.”
The Post obtained a March 2013 map with the typo intact. It mistakenly lists the lowest price for a pay-per-ride card as $4.50, which was the rate before the recent fare increase. The new fare is $5.
The MTA ordered the subway maps with the typo destroyed.
Subway workers were given the urgent message to not distribute the maps with the typo.
“It was an urgent message: Please don’t issue any maps to the customers,” a station agent in Brooklyn told the Post.
MTA station agent and union leader Paul Flores told the Post, “They weren’t coming out with a new map because they were changing the map. They were coming out with a new map because they were changing the price. That was the sole purpose. And they couldn’t even get that right.”
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