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Man bilked in Masters ticket deal

Friday, April 11, 2014 8:21 PM
Last updated Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:56 AM
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A Los Angeles man who paid $2,000 for a ticket to the Masters Tournament was stopped at a gate and escorted from the course Friday when it turned out he’d bought a badge someone else had lost.

Bruce Waggoner, 52, told Richmond County deputies he got the ticket after his friend, Paul Wolfe, 73, of North Augusta, received a call from an acquaintance, asking if Wolfe knew of anybody looking for tickets to this year’s tournament, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

On Wednesday, Wolfe met the seller at a home in the 1100 block of Magnolia Drive in Augusta, where he paid for the ticket in cash. When Waggoner arrived later that day, he repaid Wolfe, according to the report.

When Waggoner went to Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, an employee who was scanning tickets at Gate 6 told Waggoner that his ticket was not valid because it had been reported lost. Waggoner’s ticket was confiscated and he was escorted off the property after he filed a report indicating that he had purchased the ticket secondhand.

Police tried unsuccessfully to locate the seller at several nearby bars and restaurants.

Also Friday, two men were arrested when they continued to buy and sell tickets near Augusta National Golf Club after being asked to leave.

Douglas Weinstein, 71, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Alvin King were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct at the intersection of Washington and Berckmans roads, Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said. King’s age and city of residence weren’t immediately available.

Both men were advised that they weren’t allowed to sell tickets so close to the course, but both continued to do so, Gay said.

At one point, Weinstein attempted to complete a transaction by walking into traffic on Washington Road, leading to his arrest. The circumstances surrounding King’s arrest weren’t immediately available, Gay said.

State law requires buyers and sellers to maintain a buffer zone of 2,700 feet of Augusta National Golf Club in order to complete a transaction.

The arrests were the first this week involving illegal ticket sales.

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fedex227 04/11/14 - 09:37 pm
Am I the only only one that finds this stupid?

Scalping tickets in Georgia is okay but only if it's 2701 feet from the event?

kiwiinamerica 04/11/14 - 11:27 pm
Most of these ticket scalpers are disreputable shysters........

Here today, gone tomorrow. Make a quick buck, move on............

Every time I see one by the side of the road with a cell phone in one hand and a "I Need Tickets" sign in the other, I want to yell..."get a real job, you damn parasite!"

That goes for folks in the property rental business, also. They come and go. Too bad there's so many suckers who provide these crooks with a market. As PT Barnum once observed, "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

Gage Creed
Gage Creed 04/12/14 - 12:15 pm
Am I the only one that thinks

Am I the only one that thinks people are stupid if they receive a warning from law enforecement that they are breaking a law, yet ignore that warning and continue to go about their business of breaking the law until they are arrested?

Too bad that there is not an ordiance against STUPID.

oldredneckman96 04/12/14 - 05:28 pm
Forest Gump

Stupid is as stupid does. When people are willing to buy something of an unknown quality from an unknown source, they are usually a drug addict. I guess the Masters is a drug of sorts.

KSL 04/12/14 - 07:59 pm
Where is the story about the

Where is the story about the guy who paid $3000 for tickets and sold them for $6000, only to find out they has been stolen? He did the right thing and returned the money to the secondary buyer. He is out his money.

rebellious 04/12/14 - 08:23 pm
State Law

OMG, we got the State Legislature to vote on this? Don't they have more pressing issues, just asking!

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