Last week I heard a story on WSB Radio about a man arrested in a MARTA station for selling a token to another rider who was having difficulty buying one from the machine. The Good Samaritan offered to give his fellow rider a token, but the man insisted on paying face value. MARTA police spotted the transaction and arrested the Good Samaritan. Apparently it is against the law to sell a MARTA token, even at or below face value. The man was detained for two hours and the $1.75 was bagged as evidence.
A judge has ruled that Donald Pirone will stand trial for selling a MARTA token at the West End MARTA station. The case now goes to state court. Pirone could get up to a year in prison if he’s convicted in the case.
Today WSB Radio reports that MARTOC Chairman Jill Chambers has pre-filed legislation that would strike the provision making this type of resale illegal.
I have been harassed by beggars virtually every time I have used MARTA (which admittedly isn’t very much), and it is a shame that MARTA police enforce this resale provision while doing little about the other problems MARTA faces. Thank you to Rep. Chambers for introducing this legislation, but it is very sad that it is necessary.