Sheriff's officers making arrests on street sales of Masters tickets

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 5:05 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 11:46 AM
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At least 14 out-of-towners were arrested today, charged with disorderly conduct in the sale of Masters Tournament tickets outside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club.

Lt. Scott Gay of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said at least 14 were charged today and 25 Masters badges were seized, he said.

Some of those arrested were being booked into the Richmond County Jail this afternoon.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office added more patrol around Gate 6 at the Augusta National today due to reports of harassment from scalpers, said Lt. Scott Gay.

Scalpers have bombarded the entrance to the Augusta National waiting to buy tickets from exiting patrons since Monday. Some patrons do not realize it’s illegal to re-sell their tickets, Lt. Gay said.

“Some would just give them away, because they’re not using them,” he said. “Other patrons sale them without knowing it’s violation.”

One Masters’ badge can sale for as little as $30 to as much as $200, Lt. Gay said.

State law prohibits people from selling tickets within 2,700 feet of a public venue.

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asustudent75
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asustudent75 04/07/09 - 05:17 pm
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While those people were being

While those people were being arrested, drug dealers were able to make extra sales since the majority of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office were on Washington Road looking for scalpers. And to the people who were arrested, you obviously dont pay much attention to the laws here when it comes where you can sell tickets. Duh!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/07/09 - 05:21 pm
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Good! I think they should

Good! I think they should throw the book at these scalpers, and take the tournament badges away from the original owners!!! They don't deserve them!! And, on the plus side, that would mean that the Augusta National could let some NEW people from the waiting list get some badges! Uh, did I mention that I was on that waiting list?? Yup..I would take great care of those badges and NEVER sell'em! Hootie?? Are you listening?? (I hereby give the Augusta Chronicle permission to divulge my true identity to the Augusta National if the inquire.)

scorehouse
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scorehouse 04/07/09 - 05:23 pm
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what an absolute waste of
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what an absolute waste of time and taxpayer money. at least go scalp the tickets to pay for the arrests you cop morons. this disgusts me. arresting people for ticket scalping is cowardly. wonder what kind of job performance ratings boosts and bonus pay these cops get for these brave acts protecting the public? now these people have criminal and arrest records. why?

scorehouse
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scorehouse 04/07/09 - 05:25 pm
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this sounds like practice
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this sounds like practice round tickets. they were probably fighting to get face value.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 04/07/09 - 05:28 pm
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jmho but i don't think hootie
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jmho but i don't think hootie is running the show anymore. wouldn't that be major payne?

my.voice
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my.voice 04/07/09 - 06:04 pm
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Oh don't you dare resell

Oh don't you dare resell those magic golf passes.

The problem we have here, is a failure to communicate LOL. Those are golf badges, not drugs, guns, knives, or weapons of mass destruction. We don't have anything else for our men in blue to be doing? How about chasing down the guy who robbed THREE convenience stores in North Augusta last night!?!

This is a stupid law in my opinion. And rest assured, its being PRESSED because of the "MAJESTY" of the Augusta National.

Its GOLF fellas, not a national security issue.

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Scottskart 04/07/09 - 06:18 pm
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Awwwhhh, now come on, if it

Awwwhhh, now come on, if it was any of YOU who were being bothered and harrassed by the scalpers; you'd be the first to scream for the deputies to do something. Get over yourself ya'll this IS part of their job.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 04/07/09 - 06:21 pm
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this is a state law? if the
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this is a state law? if the National wanted to pursue the issue they could hire undercover private detectives to do this. i think they have adopted a rather passive policy on the issue. they don't want nor need the publicity. they know they are on thin ice anyway. the "obama" plans to make the Augusta National/Masters a national monument. the US national parks department will oversee the site and all functions associated with it. after congress, dem donors and the main stream media with their family and friends get their tickets, there will be a national lottery for the remaining 100 tickets. enjoy!

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scorehouse 04/07/09 - 06:26 pm
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i've been harassed by people
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i've been harassed by people wanting to buy tickets not sell them to me. it's called business you moron. kind of like"cold beer here, get your ice cold beer here", "peanuts,peanuts", "step right up young fellow and when that pretty girl a prize", or in your case, "scott party of one your table by the kitchen is ready" make that by the restrooms.

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AnGie4 04/07/09 - 06:29 pm
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amen to allllllll the above

amen to allllllll the above

Jillian
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Jillian 04/07/09 - 06:30 pm
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Why aren't they arresting the

Why aren't they arresting the hotels charging 300 plus dollars for a room that is normally less than $100?

scorehouse
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scorehouse 04/07/09 - 06:36 pm
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good point. there is also a
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good point. there is also a price gouging law but i believe you should be able to charge what the market will bring. attending the masters is totally elective so you know what you are being charged when you make reservations. local restaurants raise their prices also. that famous master's week menu!

asustudent8824
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asustudent8824 04/07/09 - 07:29 pm
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Are they going after the

Are they going after the Scalpers which they should be or the "Other patrons sale them without knowing it’s violation.”

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christie 04/07/09 - 07:39 pm
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being arrested is taking it a

being arrested is taking it a bit to far, a big ticket should of handled them so that the police could go catch the real criminals Easy money made for the police and the county.

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triscuit 04/07/09 - 08:26 pm
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"sale"...you mean "sell?"

"sale"...you mean "sell?" proofreader on vacation too? This whole ticket business is so overblown, but I do agree that folks going to the tournament do not need to be bothered by these corporate yahoos.

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Dan White 04/07/09 - 08:34 pm
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What's wrong with making a

What's wrong with making a good old-fashioned profit in capitalism?

Scottskart
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Scottskart 04/07/09 - 08:44 pm
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Hello....it is all about the

Hello....it is all about the LOCATION these "transactions" are taking place. I am not sure what the distance is but those types of transactions have to be carried so far from the Augusta National property. These men (and women) are simply doing their job.

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Iceman 04/07/09 - 09:15 pm
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Hello....it is all about the

Hello....it is all about the LOCATION these "transactions" are taking place. I am not sure what the distance is but those types of transactions have to be carried so far from the Augusta National property. These men (and women) are simply doing their job.

What he said... Do you all think the LAW should be ignored?

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paramedichope 04/07/09 - 10:48 pm
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I love the writers. You

I love the writers. You don't "Sale" badges, you sell them. Try selling yours an get some writing lessons.

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pizzato 04/07/09 - 10:54 pm
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Has anyone checked Craigslist

Has anyone checked Craigslist this week and noticed all of the "erotic" services being offered? 30-200 bucks is a steal compared to what these girls are charging by the hour.

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lifelongresidient 04/08/09 - 10:18 am
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gee....again comissioners

gee....again comissioners place emphasis on arresting those "notorious criminals" sells those "dangerous and deadly" masters badges....we wouldn't want to go where the "real" selling is going on and make arrests like the lower section of harrisburg, projects, inner city crack/dope houses, that makes too much like common sense

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FallingLeaves 04/08/09 - 01:09 pm
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Boy, I'm glad I'm not the

Boy, I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed the "sale"/"sell" thing. I understand the pronunciation down here is interchangeable, but the spelling shouldn't be. Even seasoned newscasters on the local channels say it wrong. I'm sorry, but it's not "cute" or "adorable", it's unprofessional. This is not a discriminatory observation either, the people that say it are not just one race.

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