Two scalpers who dressed up as Metro officers and sold train tickets to travelers going back home for the Spring Festival at inflated prices were recently caught by real Metro police in Shanghai.
The two suspects were nabbed mid-operation at the Shanghai Railway Station on Line 1. Dressed as Metro officers, the two would helpfully guide people flowing in and out of the station, and when passengers asked where they could purchase long-distance tickets, they took them aside to show them some “cheap” tickets they had. The duo actually managed to sell each railway ticket for around 50 RMB more than its original worth.
The scalpers were caught on January 29 when they were spotted on security cameras wearing black uniforms complete with name tags, Shanghai Daily reports.
Metro officers have warned people not to purchase railway tickets from Metro officers because, well, they don’t sell them.
Chunyun, the 20-day travel period surrounding the Chinese New Year, officially kicked off on February 4, and over 295 million trips are expected to be made by rail within that timespan. Railway police in China had already detained 2,574 ticket scalpers since January 1.
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