20 arrested selling tickets near Augusta National

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

First at Five, April 8, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Deputies arrested at least 20 people for disorderly conduct for the sale of Masters tickets, some who were breaking the law without realizing it.

"We were on our way out to the car to put up some merchandise we just bought and a gentleman was asking us if he could buy our tickets," said Patrick Livingstone.

He says he's seen lots of people trying to buy, right outside the gate, but anyone that close, can get in big trouble.

State law says no one can sell tickets within 2,700 feet from a venue, but people have been much closer than that.

Charles Larsgaard couldn't believe people asked to buy his ticket while he was still on the property.

"That was a surprise, guards a few feet away," says Larsgaard.

Another surprise to him is it's not just scalpers who were arrested. Some were just everyday people who were approached, so they sold tickets as they were leaving.

"I could've got busted," says Larsgaard, although he never planned to sell his. "You don't know local laws or whatever for selling tickets."

Livingstone says he might sell if the price were right. He believes going undercover may be a bit much.

"I'm sure there is a bigger criminal element somewhere in this town, cooking up meth behind a trailer somewhere," he said.

Deputies say the tickets have sold for between $30 and $200 and some people arrested did not realize they were breaking the law. Anyone caught giving their ticket away is not breaking the law and cannot be arrested.


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  • by Danny Location: Augusta on Apr 9, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    quit your whining.
  • by wow Location: augusta on Apr 9, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    people just need to learn to be a giver and stop looking to make something off of someone else.
  • by P.D Location: MAINE on Apr 9, 2009 at 02:21 AM
    IF THE VISITORS DIDN'T KNOW, WOULDN'T IT BE MORE LEINENT TO GIVE OUT WARNINGS, THAN ARREST PEOPLE ON THE SPOT. OR IS AUGUSTA AND THE POLICE FORCE SO HARD UP FOR MONEY, THEY WOULD RATHER ARREST TO GET EXTRA MONEY. REMEMBER, WE ARE GUEST IN YOUR CITY THAT DO BRING BIG BUCKS FOR THE MASTERS. WE COULD BE TREATED MUCH BETTER THAN THAT.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2009 at 12:31 AM
    To Mr. Livingstone Comment. Ya right there bigger issues in this county to deal with. But when the master's come into town the sheriff's dept shut downs and kisses there butts. You can really do anything ya want cause majority of the department is working there and on a skeleton crew dealing with the community emergency calls
  • by Jen Location: BI on Apr 8, 2009 at 11:03 PM
    I went to the Masters a few years ago and people were right outside the gate begging to buy my ticket. I was surprised, but I kept my ticket!!
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