Monday, April 14, 2008

Scalping Pope Tickets?

This is interesting.... from ABC local news in Washtington DC

With only 46,000 tickets printed and hundreds of thousands of requests, the papal mass tickets are making some, willing to pay whatever it takes to get a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI.

The tickets are non-transferable and not for sale and they are technically property of the Archdiocese. "This is for a free mass. It's liturgy, a religious event. It's not a rock concert," said Susan Gibbs with the Archdiocese of Washington.

The Archdiocese already sent out 25 "cease and desist" letters to people trying to sell their tickets and it's also warning people who buy them that the Secret Service will be notified.

Gibbs guarantees that tickets can and will be canceled if attained illegally, "We have the ability with all the electronics today, there's all sorts of security built in, so there's a possibility to flag a ticket and a possibility to cancel a ticket."

A google search of scalping pope tickets gives us no shortage of articles and blogposts...

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