ITHACA, N.Y. — An $11 cab ride landed a pair of people in handcuffs last week after they were unable to pay the fare.

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Antwan A. Brooks, 25, of Ithaca, and Rochelle N. Landon, 21, of Newfield, were both charged with a misdemeanor for theft of services and appeared in Ithaca City Court last week in handcuffs to answer for the theft.

According to court documents, last Wednesday, the two people took a Collegetown Cab from the West Village Apartments to the 400 block of College Avenue. After arriving at the destination, they were unable to pay the $11 cab ride and were charged a $40 wait-fee.

An official at Collegetown Cab said a wait-fee — charged at the rate of $2.50 per five minutes — is incurred when a driver must wait for a passanger for any reason.

It’s unclear whether the driver waited for the passengers at the Collegetown home or if the charges accumulated while the driver was reporting their inability to pay to law enforcement.

In court, Brooks was remanded temporarily without bail and later released.

He has charges pending against him for criminal possession of stolen property (An Xbox) and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Landon pleaded guilty to attempted theft of services and was set free on a one-year conditional release.

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