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original article: https://www.inquirer.com/crime/us-open-tickets-robert-fryer-charged-stole-usga-ticket-reseller-20210817.html

 

By packaging tickets with luxury hotel stays and dinners with players, resellers can charge many times more. According to court filings, the two resellers Fryer worked with would send email requests for bundles of dozens of tickets at a time. Fryer would agree to either mail the tickets or deliver them in person, sometimes at the golf club where the tournament was taking place, the documents say. USGA officials said Tuesday they learned of the theft when contacted by federal authorities several months ago. They said they have since taken steps to implement a new ticketing platform and hired an outside auditor to help prevent similar thefts in the future.

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Fred Ridley says "hey, USGA, need some help?"

 

https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/08/17/ex-usga-employee-1-million-dollars-selling-stolen-u-s-open-tickets/

 

A former assistant director of open admissions for the U.S. Golf Association pocketed more than $1 million over a seven-year period selling stolen U.S. Open tickets, a story first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Federal prosecutors say Robert Fryer schemed with two ticket resellers in Pennsylvania to sell about 23,000 stolen tickets for U.S. Open tournaments between 2013 and 2019. The face value of the tickets was about $3.4 million. The ticket resale companies were not identified.

Prosecutors say Fryer first starting stolen tickets ahead of the 2013 U.S. Open which was held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

 

I blame Mike Davis! 

 

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But acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams accused Fryer of exploiting both fans and his position at the USGA, a New Jersey-based organization.

“Criminals that conduct ticket schemes like this prey on the excitement surrounding big events,” she said in a statement Tuesday.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Dr.Frankenputz said:

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As a programmer in real life ... this scene has always hit me the hardest. 

 

Lemme tell ya about the time when a `<` should have been `>` ... 

 

Anyway, ticket resellers are garbage people who should be launched into the sun. 

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1 hour ago, aenemated said:

 

As a programmer in real life ... this scene has always hit me the hardest. 

 

Lemme tell ya about the time when a `<` should have been `>` ... 

 

Anyway, ticket resellers are garbage people who should be launched into the sun. 

Why is that? I’ve resold tickets that I knew I couldn’t use often at prices higher than face value, for which I had no trouble doing (Red Sox games for example) was it ever tickets that had been given to me? No. But why am I garbage? If there’s a market for it then why not?

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55 minutes ago, BNGL said:

Why is that? I’ve resold tickets that I knew I couldn’t use often at prices higher than face value, for which I had no trouble doing (Red Sox games for example) was it ever tickets that had been given to me? No. But why am I garbage? If there’s a market for it then why not?

Just guessing but he probably means people who buy thousands of tickets for an event before regular people can get the chance, and then sell them all for a big markup.  Surely no one has a problem with an individual selling their personal items.

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8 hours ago, tiderider said:

how dare you accuse this man of not looking close enough!

 

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Do we want these self-important dorks legislating the game? 
 

The USGA has too much power and attracts criminals that are only in it for their own self interest. 
 

Rory was spot on…

 

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34 minutes ago, kwelifan said:

Just guessing but he probably means people who buy thousands of tickets for an event before regular people can get the chance, and then sell them all for a big markup.  Surely no one has a problem with an individual selling their personal items.

Ohhhhh gotcha yeah I kinda see that , but also if the person can afford to do so then great for them. 

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55 minutes ago, BNGL said:

Ohhhhh gotcha yeah I kinda see that , but also if the person can afford to do so then great for them. 

I believe tickets for big concert tours were being bought by computers, and then sold on resellers websites for big mark ups. I think that is pretty scummy. 

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1 hour ago, BNGL said:

Ohhhhh gotcha yeah I kinda see that , but also if the person can afford to do so then great for them. 

 

So there's a few different angles to it all, for sure. The big issue is that tickets are often bought in bulk by resellers, which removes them from the existing purchasing pool of Average Joe attendee. Tickets are limited and this makes it harder to get one without going to the reseller at a substantial markup. I've seen instances (concerts and baseball games) where certain sections that are highly desirable go to reseller allocations before ever hitting open market: this means if you want to sit in a certain area your odds of getting that seat are next-to-none. One camp might say that a marginal price hike could be warranted if the market can easily bear a large amount of reseller premiums being tacked onto the tickets. The other camp (lots of people) don't like large percentages of tickets being allocated to the reseller ticket barns before they're ever sold to the public, making it much harder to get a good ticket at face value, and feel this is legalized scalping. I attend a lot of concerts and I am in group #2.  

 

2 hours ago, jobin said:

I strongly suspect that not one of the ticket buyers would lodge a complaint nor seek redress of any kind.  I'm not well educated but who was harmed?

 

I'm not sure where your disconnect regarding "the dude STOLE 20,000+ tickets from the USGA's events and sold them to shady ticket reselling merchants to be sold again" is. 

 

So unless you're trolling, how's this: If you stole a Ford F150 off the dealership lot, sold it to a chop shop, and I bought it from the chop shop what I considered a fair price, I'm pretty sure Ford and the dealership are going to be pissed and probably want a bevy of charges brought upon the thief and the reseller. Hell they'll more than likely want the truck back I paid for too.

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Same guy probably wins the  masters lottery every year and sells his tickets for that too.  

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I guess now we know why mike Davis “ retired “.    Clearly a “ quit or we will fire you “ scenario.    And all those people told us Davis wasn’t a boob.  Please. Give the new guy 5 years and watch what happens.  He single handedly made the lpga solvent.  

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2 hours ago, caniac6 said:

I believe tickets for big concert tours were being bought by computers, and then sold on resellers websites for big mark ups. I think that is pretty scummy. 

Ok yeah I think that’s bad and this story is awful. Let me set that straight. I do think this was wrong, he stole tickets and sold them as I understand it (not really sure skimmed the article) and that example you provided is wrong. 
 

 

 

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1 hour ago, DON SVO said:

 

So there's a few different angles to it all, for sure. The big issue is that tickets are often bought in bulk by resellers, which removes them from the existing purchasing pool of Average Joe attendee. Tickets are limited and this makes it harder to get one without going to the reseller at a substantial markup. I've seen instances (concerts and baseball games) where certain sections that are highly desirable go to reseller allocations before ever hitting open market: this means if you want to sit in a certain area your odds of getting that seat are next-to-none. One camp might say that a marginal price hike could be warranted if the market can easily bear a large amount of reseller premiums being tacked onto the tickets. The other camp (lots of people) don't like large percentages of tickets being allocated to the reseller ticket barns before they're ever sold to the public, making it much harder to get a good ticket at face value, and feel this is legalized scalping. I attend a lot of concerts and I am in group #2.  

 

 

I'm not sure where your disconnect regarding "the dude STOLE 20,000+ tickets from the USGA's events and sold them to shady ticket reselling merchants to be sold again" is. 

 

So unless you're trolling, how's this: If you stole a Ford F150 off the dealership lot, sold it to a chop shop, and I bought it from the chop shop what I considered a fair price, I'm pretty sure Ford and the dealership are going to be pissed and probably want a bevy of charges brought upon the thief and the reseller. Hell they'll more than likely want the truck back I paid for too.

So not to generate a larger debate here but maybe this is tiptoeing (or just a giant cannonball in that direction) but I’m firmly in camp one. I didn’t know tickets go to resellers first whether it’s a person or a computer but I’ve been the ALCS games, Finals games AFC Championship games, majors in golf (although those I got through work) but those other events I purchased tickets either thru ticket office or resellers mostly resellers. I knew going into it that buying tickets from the guy in front of Fenway I was going to get screwed. Of all the games I have bought tickets through scalpers resellers and paid that “premium” it looked full and there was not really another real option to attend. Now granted the Sox sellout darn near every game I believe and the Pats are (were) good so everyone wanted to go. But to me if it didn’t work then it wouldn’t exist because there wouldn’t be money in it. 

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