A scalper who had sold two counterfeit tickets to Monday night’s CFP National Championship was served a dish of cold revenge, per the Associated Press.
TAMPA, Fla. – Three brothers from Louisiana pulled a fast one on a man they say sold them fake tickets to root for Alabama during the national championship game against Clemson in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Joseph Steven Escalera agreed to meet a fan seeking a ticket to Monday night’s game hours before kickoff. As they began the transaction, the customer’s two brothers came up from behind, pinning Escalera to a chair and taking his shoes, socks and six game tickets tucked inside his waistband.
The brothers say they used a different email to arrange a second purchase from Escalera after realizing he’d sold them counterfeit $1,000 tickets.
Police spokesman Steven Hegarty says police arrested seven people, including Escalera, for selling fake tickets. Escalera was arrested on grand theft and fraudulent possession of admission tickets. No attorney was listed on jail records.
Here’s another description of what happened from the Tampa Bay Times’ Anastasia Dawson.
“The seller agreed to meet the Alabama fan seeking a ticket to that night’s College Football Playoff championship hours before the game in Ybor City.
But as scalper Joseph Steven Escalera began the transaction, his customer’s two brothers snuck up from behind. One pinned Escalera to his chair, pinching a nerve between his neck and shoulder while holding a long, cold object to the back of his head. The other two took his shoes and socks, as well as six tickets to that night’s game they found tucked in Escalera’s waistband.
When Tampa police arrived, they arrested Escalera.
The brothers had called police to tell them the same scalper had sold them two counterfeit tickets to the game the day before — at $1,000 apiece. So they pulled a bit of fakery themselves, using a different email and phone number to arrange a second purchase from Escalera.”
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