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SkyTrain scammers exploit lax security, busker says

Violinist beaten up at downtown station by chronic offender selling used fares

A busker who performed for years at SkyTrain stations in downtown Vancouver believes the public transit system is losing thousands of dollars to drug addicts who harass passengers for their used tickets, then illegally sell them as transfers.

Robert Newton, who was assaulted by one of the transfer scalpers, said SkyTrain attendants and police don't do enough to discourage the practice.

"There were times when there would be upwards of four transfer sellers in one station selling transfers, competing with each other," Newton said. "The transfer sellers would virtually take over the station. It was their territory."

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