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NYC art museum accused of duping visitors on fees

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Confusion over what's required to enter one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which draws more than 6 million visitors a year, is at the heart of a class-action lawsuit this month accusing the Met of scheming to defraud the public into believing the entrance fees are required.

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The entrance fee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is merely a suggested donation: You can pay what you wish but you must pay something.

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Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the Picassos, Renoirs, Rembrandts and other priceless works, they must first deal with the ticket line, the posted $25 adult admission and the meaning of the word in smaller type just beneath it: "recommended." Many people, especially foreign tourists, either don't see it, don't understand it or don't question it. If they ask, they are told the fee is a suggested donation: You can pay what you wish but you must pay something.
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    • Confusion over what's required to enter one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which draws more than 6 million visitors a year, is at the heart of a class-action lawsuit this month accusing the Met of scheming to defraud the public into believing the entrance fees are required.
    • The entrance fee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is merely a suggested donation: You can pay what you wish but you must pay something.
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