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Rickshaw Driver Fined Over $1000 for Mentioning Historical Sites

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Charleston Rickshaw

Credit: Charleston Rickshaw

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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© 2014 The Post and Courier, an Evening Post Industries Company

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