Metrocards; Photo - Eric Chung

The Times looks at how Metrocards aren't safe from thieves trying to steal fares, specifically with techniques like "bending the card" which is a far cry from ancient techniques of stealing tokens. The MTA estimates they lose $260,000 a year on card-benders, versus $5 million on turnstile jumpers. The Morning News coined a brilliant Metrocard phrase: Metrotard - A person in front of you at the subway turnstile who can’t figure out how to swipe his or her subway pass. Maybe they were simply fare swiping. Oh, and the Times piece answers what's done with the discarded Metrocards that litter stations: Absolutely nothing.

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