Taken from Jim Caple’s hilarious but sad article on scalping (touting) at the Olympics. Along with the draconian ad police proof that English officiousness is at its purest when at its pettiest. Imagine if someone told me that something I bought I cound never re-sell. And then the TV guys complain about vacent seats.
Police arrested a Canadian who offered to sell two tickets at face value –- about $75 — to a tennis match. They jailed him for two nights. I’m not kidding. Two nights in jail for trying to re-sell a ticket at face value! Sheesh, in that case, a ticketing website “service charge” should be grounds for a lifetime sentence…Fortunately, there is one back-door avenue to get tickets. Each national federation receives an allotment of tickets, and some sell their unused ones at their official team houses. This is allowed even though the houses charge a commission as high as 30 percent. Still, it’s about the only way to get tickets. Thank God the Czechs have embraced capitalism since the Iron Curtain fell, because the British apparently are above such things.
Except when it comes to T-shirt and beer prices.
-Jim Caple here
Saddly such habits and practices are far to familiar for anyone who has ever spent anytime in England. Where the customer comes last and pays for it. While I miss many many things about living abroad, dealing with English admin is not one of them.