Skip to comments.Welcome, baseball fan. Go directly to jail. [Man arrested for selling baseball tickets]
Posted on 06/23/2013 6:04:26 PM PDT by grundle
The Friday, June 7, night tilt between the Nationals and my Mighty Fighting Minnesota Twins was rained out by Tropical Storm Andrea. I was hosting five of my buddies on our annual baseball weekend, and, having lived in the D.C. area in the 90s, I had booked the hotel, purchased the game tickets and planned the requisite Mall and monument tours. We were going to drop some serious cash (well, by Midwestern standards, anyway) into the local economy.
The rainout resulted in my possessing six tickets worth $360 to the second game of a Sunday doubleheader scheduled to be played when my friends and I would be somewhere over Chicago. However, as any baseball fan knows, there is always a market for club-level seats. So I proceeded to market the seats as I walked up to Nationals Park prior to Saturdays 4:05 p.m. game.
Leaving Metros Navy Yard station, I held the tickets up in the universally understood sign that a deal was to be had. Four different gentlemen approached, but they all passed after hearing what I thought was a fair price, which was below face value. I moved on, thinking I would wait for one more Metro train to deposit a batch of potential customers. If I still had no takers at that point, I would head into the nice little ballpark and enjoy the afternoon.
Soon, however, I was approached from behind by a uniformed D.C. police officer...
... we drove off in a squad car, me in handcuffs and without my shoelaces and belt
I sat in a cell for 2½ hours, stood for a mug shot, got fingerprinted, paid 50 bucks and was released.
... what purpose was served by my arrest?
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
>> ... what purpose was served by my arrest?
It’s a union thing. You wouldn’t understand.
You need a record so they can take away your guns.
Just a hunch, but what’s your melanin level? Everybody knows scalping is reserved for those with the appropriate level.
When I purchase a car, I will later sell it to somebody else. Why then is something like ballgame tickets any different?
You are not allowed to sell things you own anymore because the Gub’ment don’t recognize your right of property anymore.
1. Selling them on the property of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority without their approval.
2. Selling them through unofficial channels without letting Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and the city of Washington DC get another crack at the profits from selling the tickets a second time.
3. Ticket scalpers pay good money to the cops to look the other way. If the cops don't enforce scalping laws against those who haven't shared the sugar then pretty soon no one will bribe the cops for an unofficial ticket resale franchise.
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