Police to monitor scalping of badges

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Hundreds of Richmond County sheriff's deputies will be on patrol at the Masters Tournament, and they will be watching for anyone selling badges too close to the main gates, according to Sheriff's Col. Gary Powell.

State law prohibits vendors from selling tickets within 2,700 feet of a venue where there are 15,000 or more in attendance, but police are most concerned with those who sell too close to entrance gates.

"The first time we warn them, and the second time we charge them," Col. Powell said, "and if we charge them, any tickets they have will be confiscated and returned to the Augusta National."

Those caught selling badges too close to Augusta National Golf Club could face a disorderly conduct charge and a fine of upward of $1,000, according to Nicole Hornsby, of the Richmond County Magistrate Court.

"There's really not a set fine on it," Ms. Hornsby said. "It depends on what the judge renders that day."

The boundaries roughly translate to Lake Olmstead Park in the east and Bertram Road to the west, with deputies keeping close watch for sellers in between, Col. Powell said. Because Augusta National acquired land for parking all the way to Stanley Drive, Col. Powell said, technically the boundary could be moved closer to Interstate 20, but right now Bertram Road will remain the cutoff point.

"Basically we use about half a mile from the main gate," he said.

Last year, 13 people were cited for selling badges too close to the tournament venue. Deputies tend to watch the entrances with telescopic lenses to catch those who wander too close.

"We have one or two out there all the time anyway, but we'll increase it if it gets pretty bad," he said.

Augusta National's ticket policy states that ticket-holders may not offer badges for sale or rent to any third-party reseller such as a ticket broker, travel agent or scalper.

Those who get their badges from such a seller may be barred from the tournament.

TICKET POLICY


The rules read, in part: Tickets may not be used for advertising or promotional purposes such as prizes, raffles, auctions, contests or sweepstakes. Augusta National Inc. is the only authorized seller of Masters tickets. Tickets may not be offered for sale ... to third-party resellers including ... ticket brokers, travel agents, hospitality entities or scalpers. Users of tickets acquired, by whatever means, from such parties may be excluded from attendance.

COMING SUNDAY

Look for our in-depth special section previewing the 2008 Masters Tournament.

GEORGIA LAW


Georgia code 43-4B-28 states, in part, that: "for all venues which seat or admit 15,000 or more persons, a ticket broker and its employees, agents, and assigns are criminally prohibited from reselling or offering for resale any ticket within 2,700 feet from the venue where an event or contest is to be held or is being held."

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AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/03/08 - 07:54 am
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I just wonder what attendance

I just wonder what attendance is to the course each day. In all other sporting events somewhere it is listed. Never at AGNC. Just curious to see how many people get into the area everyday.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/03/08 - 08:41 am
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you can sell these scalped

you can sell these scalped ...stolen.... counterfit..... tickets anywhere...why wander too close to the gate???

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 04/03/08 - 09:07 am
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You'd think RCPD would have

You'd think RCPD would have more important things to worry about.

bnanny57cents
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bnanny57cents 04/03/08 - 10:08 am
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amen...catch the killers, not

amen...catch the killers, not the scalpers...

and there's always the importance of ticketing jaywalkers on 15th st...

DoubleD
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DoubleD 04/03/08 - 10:25 am
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I am so worried that a

I am so worried that a scalper will get ahold of me and violate me, then force me to buy their badge. What a waste of time!

What4
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What4 04/03/08 - 11:25 am
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Is it legal to sell the

Is it legal to sell the tickets at higher than face value? I thought that was the definition of "scalping." Word on the street is that tickets can sell for thousands.

JohnnyYuma
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JohnnyYuma 04/03/08 - 11:27 am
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Its funny, the Augusta

Its funny, the Augusta National bars the resell or rental of their tickets, yet the tickets are openly sold on the internet, on the side of the road and by the hospitality houses that buy local houses right across from the National, jacking up the taxes so the local people who cannot buy tickets, have to move. God bless the Augusta National and welcome to Augusta, soon to be owned by one week visiting outsiders.

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christian134 04/03/08 - 02:02 pm
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We lost a great many richmond

We lost a great many richmond country officers to Atlanta and other cities around Ga.....my question...To whom do we call if trouble comes calling if hundreds of officers are surrounding the gates at the Masters?.....

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Little Lamb 04/03/08 - 03:08 pm
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At least there won't be a

At least there won't be a fight at an Augusta high school during Masters Week, so the policemen who respond to school fights can be safely assigned to scalper duty (telescopic lenses and all).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/03/08 - 03:10 pm
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Of course, with all the

Of course, with all the officers assigned to scalper duty, who is going to drive down city streets and issue citations to people pruning their shrubbery? Crime rates could soar during Masters Week.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 04/03/08 - 04:22 pm
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Will sell my practice

Will sell my practice round--Tuesday--- for regular price
since I have several badges.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 04/03/08 - 07:29 pm
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rozzie 2003 my wife and I

rozzie 2003 my wife and I would like to buy the ticket(s) if you have them we didn't get any this year.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 04/03/08 - 08:51 pm
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Sold 5 minutes after

Sold 5 minutes after posting====

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 04/03/08 - 08:51 pm
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Sold 5 minutes after

Sold 5 minutes after posting====

condelieeza
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condelieeza 04/03/08 - 10:25 pm
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as a prominent african

as a prominent african american transexual woman, i find the whole notion of having " masters" is quite offensive. how long must we be slaves to the powers that be who live and control the augusta national clubhouse. its time for an emancipation proclaimation.

As It Is
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As It Is 04/04/08 - 12:17 am
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Handman29841 sounds like you

Handman29841 sounds like you are one of the bitter "never change our city for the better" type of individuals. All of those owners have raised property values which is a good thing for the city and with higer values come higher taxes which is also a good thing for the city. Im sure any one of them pay 10 times more than you would ever think of paying anyway. It's great they have done what is done in every other major city to host visitors for major sporting events and make Augusta look better. If you wish to live in Mayberry, NC then move.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 04/04/08 - 02:33 am
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ok thanks anyway

ok thanks anyway

full moon
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full moon 04/04/08 - 03:08 am
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yall pay good money for the

yall pay good money for the extra force to guard against crime. The muggers at the mall can get away for the RCPD is chasing scapers of masters tickets. I feel why pay the extra for enforcement when the people are going to do it anyway. Thats not our big concern in RC and the police think its big for its the biggest thing going to the Augusta area. LOL

Farful
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Farful 04/04/08 - 03:10 pm
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conde i agree with you.

conde i agree with you. there be enough masters.

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 04/04/08 - 03:45 pm
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Hey ya'll check it, the

Hey ya'll check it, the deputies working the Masters are almost all off duty. The on duty people are still providing the same service that you are paying for. You had best check yourself and the attitude that you are exhibiting.

Theponyplace
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Theponyplace 04/04/08 - 06:20 pm
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Just so ya'll know the police

Just so ya'll know the police working the Masters are all off-duty and are working for the National and are paid by the National for their time and not by the County. Get a grip people. There will still be police on the street and by the way SCHOOL IS OUT DURING Masters week. Most of the Police will be actually working traffic assignments to help all the Augusta Natives stupid enough to visit Washington Rd. during Master's week. Unfortunately I can't escape Augusta during Master's 2008 as the boss says I have to work all week.

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