American Hustle: Some Inauguration Ticket Holders Trying to Make a Quick Buck on Free Admission Passes
While tickets to the ceremony are free, Inside Edition found a few people trying to make a quick buck on the complimentary event.
Between 800,000 and 900,000 people are expected in Washington, D.C. for the swearing-in of President Trump.
Nearly 250,000 free tickets have been specially printed and handed out and each one clearly states that they are "Not For Sale." But with a little sleuthing on Craigslist, Inside Edition discovered hundreds of people trying to cash in on the free tickets by selling them for big bucks.
Inside Edition’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero responded to some of the ads, setting up meetings with some of the sellers in Downtown D.C.
When one young woman showed up with two tickets, Guerrero asked: “So these are real?”
“Yeah,” she responded. “I just picked them up from the Hill this morning,” adding that they were $500.
She went on to explain that she got the tickets from a congressman.
Guerrero then revealed who she really was, asking the woman: “I’d like to know if you know that you're not supposed to be selling these tickets?”
“I did not know, but thank you,” she replied.
“Because it says not for sale on the tickets, on the back” Guerrero further explained.
“So what congressman did you get these tickets from?”
The woman said she was not going to take any more questions and walked off.
Just steps away from the Capitol, Guerrero met with another seller who claimed he received two Inauguration tickets through his job and was charging $200 for them.
“Aren't these tickets supposed to be free to the public sir?” Guerrero asked the man. He didn’t respond and pulled up his hood to hide his face as he walked off.
Another man tried to sell Guerrero two tickets for $400, but when he saw Inside Edition’s cameras, he popped his umbrella open to block his face.
He later sent a text that read: "I was not aware that the tickets said not for sale... I won the tickets in a raffle... after Hillary lost I decided to sell my tickets."
Another young lady said she got two tickets from her boyfriend's mom, who donated to the Trump campaign. She was selling them for $1,200 each.
When asked if she knew the tickets were not supposed to be sold, she said: "I would prefer not to speak, thank you.”
Although the tickets clearly state they’re not to be sold, it’s not illegal to sell them.
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