Scooters' Stigma Fades in U.S. as Sales Rise
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Scooter sales are rising in the United States. It's a sign that many people are worried about gas prices. And the stigma attached to scooters may be fading as sales increase. So scooter is today's last word in business. A scooter driver told a local newspaper in Pennsylvania that some people think scooter riders are sissies. And a dealer in North Carolina recalled how scooters used to be called liquor cycles because people thought you rode one after you lost your license. But a scooter driver in Pennsylvania considers his Vespa the equivalent of a Maserati now. And the best reason of all to buy a scooter my come from the driver of a Hummer in South Carolina. He says what he spends in gas in a month, his scooter-driving friend doesn't spend in a year.
And that's the two-wheeled business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.
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