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Police seek to stop ticket sales along interstate

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:15 PM
Last updated Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:10 AM
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Police have encountered a new Masters badge sale issue this year: interstate scalpers.

“I have never heard of this happening before,” Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Tuesday.

Though it might have occurred, Gay said this is the first year the problem has been brought to law enforcement’s attention.

Police were called several times Tuesday morning to locations along Interstate 20 where someone was seeking tickets from passing vehicles.

Though it is not a violation of the state scalping law, it is a safety concern.

“You cannot conduct business on the side of an interstate,” Gay said. “Because of the safety issue, we will make charges at the appropriate time.”

Anyone caught will face the charge of improper stopping on a roadway, and other charges.

No interstate scalpers were caught Tuesday, but police suspect that in each case it was the same person, who moved on before officers arrived.

State law prohibits ticket resales within a 2,700-foot boundary around Augusta National Golf Club. Last year undercover officers arrested more than three dozen people accused of exchanging or soliciting Masters Tournament badges too close to the Augusta National. Only two were charged with violating the law. Others were charged with disorderly conduct.

This year, police said they would first issue warnings.

Around noon Tuesday, Gay said that police had made no scalping arrests within the boundary.

“I guess the posting of signs (within the boundary) has moved scalpers to new locations,” he said of the interstate solicitors.

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/09/13 - 02:41 pm
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I-20

I saw someone this morning on the Westbound backup coming from South Carolina holding a piece of cardboard out a car window that appeared to have something written on it. I thought surely they aren't advertising for tickets. I guess that is what they were doing. At least they weren't outside of a vehicle.

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Bodhisattva 04/10/13 - 06:01 am
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BREAKING NEWS!!!!

Virtually all crime in the area ceases. Police and media are forced to concentrate on the one remaining crime of ticket scalping. Mysteriously, this seems to be an annual occurrence. While reaching epidemic proportions this time of year and requiring all of their resources, police could offer no explanation as to why the crime somehow disappears the other 51 weeks of the year. Local media was stumped as well but said, as long as this heinous crime was running so rampant, they would cover it with every resource in their possession.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/13 - 07:05 am
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There are more tickets being

There are more tickets being bought and sold in a business real close to the National than all those on the street combined. Think they will be busted?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/10/13 - 07:08 am
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Wasted resources

We can't stop this....why try.

fatherinevans
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fatherinevans 04/10/13 - 07:12 am
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Why doesnt the club issue the

Why doesnt the club issue the tickets at the gate.... take them back when existing so they dont have to worry about their precious tickets getting scalped? Install 40 check in and out lanes at the gates. Open up 4 of those and then you will feel like you are at Walmart about to check out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/13 - 07:41 am
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It could be those with the

It could be those with the business that buys and sells tickets in various packages inside the 2700 ft boundary want law enforcement to stop the street sales because it cuts into their business. The fact is according to the law, both are illegal, but it's only enforced against the people on the street.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 04/10/13 - 07:59 am
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this ladies and gentleman is
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this ladies and gentleman is a very smart and efficient use of valuable and scarece police resources...take much needed police away from fight non-essential crimes such as rapes, robberies, thief, selling drugs, assaults, and burglaries and use them to arrest the major crimes such as standing on the side of the road with a sign requesting master's tickets..yeah great use of police resources...like an earlier post said...i guess crime magically disappears during master's week so police can be sent up to the aug nat to be on the look out for "john dillinger" type individuals buying and selling master's tickets/badges...since the master's i responsibile for the decrease in crimes during this week why not have a master's/augusta national sponsored event every week then augusta will become "crime free"

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/10/13 - 09:42 am
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You are right Bodhisattva,
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You are right Bodhisattva, you can't enforce this law until you wipe out all other crime first. What kind of logic is that?

my.voice
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my.voice 04/10/13 - 10:12 am
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I believe the gist of this

I believe the gist of this story is that this is a safety issue.

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JENNPAT 04/10/13 - 11:07 am
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hey if people aren't going to use their tickets

they have to buy for them so let them resale them to people who want to see the Master's sometimes there are reason a person can't go so the Master's is just making money off of people.I love the Master's and I love to go then i was younger and able to walk th course so let someone enjoy seeing the Master;s and see how beautiful it is along with some great gofe and all the people maybe these people who buy the tickets may come back to Augusta for the greastest week Augusta has all year You would think they are selling tickets to heaven they why the Master;s act about them

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LaToya Hill 04/10/13 - 01:24 pm
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Miss the old scalpers...

...who used to work the parking lot at Cullums. One old guy used to sell little "sailor caps", each with a Masters Badge pinned on it. He'd always claim that he wasn't scalping tickets...he was just selling "decorated" caps.

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