Now that the greedy doorman scandal has been busted wide open, the City Council is preparing legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to demand kickbacks for setting up cab fares. Under the scheme, doormen at hotels around the city would demand payments of $5 to $15 for shuttling guests to the airports, and would turn away drivers who refused to pay. City Council member James Vacca said, "It's unfair...Those who abuse that are wrong."

Paramount Hotel doorman Brian Conboy was caught demanding payments from almost a dozen drivers last week, and is now on a "scheduled vacation" from his position. Though it's not illegal yet, Paramount manager Geoffrey Allan Mills says the practice is prohibited by hotel policy, and "we will take action in due course." The practice was a longstanding cut into the wages of many cab drivers. So, is this kind of tip gouging what prompted drivers to start overcharging passengers? JFK could be convincingly "out-of-town"...