After thousands of fans were cheated out of tickets to catch the country's house band The Tragically Hip on their final tour by scalper bots, scammers, and other fraudsters (a treason so high even Trudeau addressed the issue), finally, some stories of justice.
On Wednesday, Police in Winnipeg arrested a 30-year-old man and 31-year-old woman who were trying to sell a pair of tickets each online to Friday's stopover at the MTS Centre for multiple times the face price.
Under Manitoba's Amusement Act, it is illegal to sell, "barter or exchange" event tickets for more than their original price. The tickets are worth $340 for the pair, but one reseller was asking $800 and the other wanted $680.
Police don't often enforce that particular law, Const. Rob Carver told the press, but in this case, they thought it was important to confront the exploitation.
"A lot of people are passionate about this group," Carver said. "I think in this instance, we felt we had an obligation to address this, so while we don't do this as a normal course, it was done in this case I think to send a message."
This at the same time as Peel Regional Police arrest Hamilton-based convicted serial fraudster Shaun Michael Nixon for scamming 180 victims with fake concert tickets, including passes to the Man Machine Poem tour, The Hamilton Spectator reports.
The arrest follows a joint investigation into "ticket scams" with Peel police's fraud unit, Toronto Police, and Guelph Police. According to investigators, between August 2015 and July 2016, Nixon posed as a ticket seller on websites like Craigslist, asking customers for upfront payment through e-transfer and other electronic payment services, then he'd disappear before exchanging the tickets. He's been charged with one count of defrauding the public and three counts of failing to comply with probation.
Let these be a lesson to all the goons looking to wring a little extra cash out of all the fans who just want to see celebrate their favourite band one last time.