Manager Alleges Met Cashiers Misled Visitors

A former manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has alleged that the museum’s cashiers were paid in part based on how much they could collect from visitors, reports Phillip Boroff of Bloomberg. A lawsuit filed in late June by New Yorkers Theodore Grunewald and Patricia Nicholson challenged the Met’s “recommended” admission policy, saying that the Met deceives the public and violates an 1893 state law requiring the museum to be open without charge five days a week in exchange for free use of city land. In a sworn affidavit used in the case, Gerald Lee Jones, a former museum manager, stated that management discouraged the cashiers from disclosing to museum visitors that the price of admission could be as little as one cent. “It has nothing to do with performance evaluation or salary,” said Harold Holzer, the Met senior vice president for public affairs. “We at the museum contest in the strongest terms the allegations in the Gerald Jones affidavit. The Met will offer its responses in due course.” Since 1970, the museum has employed a pay-what-you-wish policy, though the “recommended” admission price is now set at twenty-five dollars for adults.