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.