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Troubles with fake or borrowed IDs on UF campus

Regional Transit System and University of Florida’s RecSports employees are finding more and more non-UF students attempting to reap the benefits of a Gator 1 Card, reports The Independent Florida Alligator.

Attending UF students pay fees for free transportation and access to various fitness facilities by simply flashing their Gator 1 Card, so for non-students, a free bus ride or access to University facilities is as simple as borrowing or stealing someone else’s Gator 1 Card.

Non-students caught using fake or borrowed cards cannot be charged with using fake identification because the Gator 1 Card is not state-issued, said University Police Capt. Jeff Holcomb.

However, offenders can face penalties ranging from being kicked off the bus, being stripped of the card or being issued a trespassing warning. Students caught a second time face being arrested.

Holcomb said counterfeit cards were not used as much for getting football tickets or for campus activities such as GatorNights because the events require the cards to be scanned. People scanning IDs often overlook the pictures on cards; so borrowed cards are easier to pass off in these situations.

One semester, 22 instances of people using fake or borrowed ID cards were caught. Most of these occurrences were to gain access to sports complexes.

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