Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Watch Out for Stolen EJ/BJ Tickets
Billy Joel and Elton John are playing at Wrigley field tonight. Are you going? Here's a troubling question: Will your ticket work? Some didn't for the first show. As CBS 2's Anne State reports a major ticket broker says 200 concert tickets were stolen.
Billy Joel and Elton John rocked Wrigley Field Thursday night. But for some fans, it was absolute torture.
"It was my graduation gift," Charlie Gandleman said about his tickets to the show.
Charlie is one of several people who told us that when they tried to get into the concert, they were told their tickets were stolen.
"We walked in, my ticket got me in, but their tickets wouldn't scan," said Marc Kovarsky.
Marc and his friends say they got their tickets from a reputable ticket broker.
We tried, but couldn't get any answers at the ballpark that night.
A group of women told us their tickets were purchased through Front Row.
The next day, we called the company in Willowbrook and were told that 14 of its customers got bogus concert tickets. This was the first time that has happened in 25 years. Front Row is now issuing credit or giving out tickets to the Tuesday night show.
Patti Piscopo told us her tickets were purchased through Stub Hub. Stub Hub told us that it too, is working to issue credit or new tickets.
We were told that the primary ticket agent for this event was tickets.com.
Stub Hub says tickets.com had 200 tickets stolen in the mail but it failed to notify ticket brokers, as is protocol. And the tickets ended up for sale online.
Kris Fishman, was a would-be concertgoer.
"So six of us came down, had a great dinner -- stolen tickets," said Kris.
We called tickets.com. They claim to know nothing about this.
They told us "the transaction took place between the Cubs and Live Nation." Live Nation was promoting the event.
We had already called both of them, asking about the ticket problems. The Cubs told us we should talk to the promoter. The promoter, Live Nation, told us we need to talk to the team.
However, Stub Hub is talking. They told us if any of their customers have trouble tomorrow night, go to the Stub Hub office on Clark Street near Wrigley Field.