Perry cancels 'Madea' shows because of ticket scalping

Playwright and actor Tyler Perry announced Monday he was canceling the remaining tour dates for Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job, including the Oct. 21 performances set for the James Brown Arena, according to a press release.

Perry’s statement, on www.tylerperry.com, said the cancellations were the result of competition from ticket “scalpers and bootleggers” who buy up large numbers of tickets for each show and resell them for exorbitant prices.

“There are a lot of ticket bootleggers and scalpers that buy lots of shows and sell them to the public for double, sometimes triple the price,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with this for years but now with the internet I’ve never seen it this bad.”

A statement from the James Brown Arena said those who bought tickets can get refunds at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased at the James Brown Arena Box Office must be presented in order to receive a refund.

Customers who purchased tickets through www.georgialinatix.com or over the phone will receive a refund to their credit cards within 5-10 business days, the release said.

Refunds will be available 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the arena’s Champion’s box. After Wednesday, refunds will be issued during normal business hours, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the release said.

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