Scalper has splendid day
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
DAVE BROWN, from Scotland, really wanted to go to Splendour in the Grass, so he happily paid an inflated price to a scalper standing at the front entrance.
Dave said he travelled down from Brisbane fairly confident he could find a ticket and paid $130 for a day pass, which should have cost him $80.
"Originally he wanted $150, but I bargained him down," he said.
"I was just happy to get in any way I could. It happens quite a lot in the UK, so people are quite used to it."
Dave said the man was standing near the entrance holding up three or four tickets and they completed the transaction right there.
"I got the feeling he had plenty of tickets because he had all the options ? Saturday, Sunday and weekend passes," he said. "The guy was quite polite and nice."
Dave said he looked at the ticket carefully to make sure it wasn't a fake, but he was fairly confident.
"He would have had to hang around for quite a while, so I knew there was a good chance that if I got knocked back at the gate I could find him and get my money back."
Inspector Owen King, from Byron Bay police, said ticket scalping was not a criminal offence, although it was not the 'right thing to do'.
However, he said there could be civil ramifications for the scalper with organisers.