by Schuyler Kropf, The Post and Courier
It was a Charleston police sting unlike any other: An undercover cop dressed casually like a tourist taking a ride on a rickshaw.
The goal was to see if any of the downtown drivers were giving illegal speaking tours of the city’s numerous sight-seeing spots.
One of them did, and it cost him a fine of more than $1,000.
City officials have put rickshaw drivers on notice that they can’t give unlicensed tours in pursuit of a few extra dollars in their pocket.
As far as police see it, any retelling for hire about the city’s past can be delivered only by a city-licensed tour guide, like those generally seen driving horse carriages or leading walking tours.
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