I was hit last night with a very disturbing incident with some Kid Rock tickets and I know the KID would be very pissed off if he knew the extent to this unfortunate situation.
I'm not a crazed fan who would make up this story..I'm simply a middle-classed working mother who was looking forward to a "Perfect Date Night" with my husband.
I am a third grade teacher and I took my son to basketball yesterday morning. I sat with my friends who are also parents of a student of mine, who are also doctors in the area. All I did was mention that I would do ANYTHING to be at the Kid Rock concert that evening and the next thing I knew, that parent was on Craig's List, ordering me tickets. The tickets were advertised as $250.00 each for section 127, Row 5. She "lent" me the money to go pick up two tickets. Now, mind you, I would've ordered the tickets myself when they went onsale but with the holiday coming, I couldn't justify purchasing tickets to go to the concert and take that Christmas money away from my children.
My husband and I met in Macomb Township to meet the man, we exchanged $500.00 cash for the tickets. They were printed directly from Ticketmaster...the cardboard version. If they were internet tickets, the transaction wouldn't have taken place. We scrambled to get babysitters for our children and we were on our way to the D for a night out..I was like a little kid going on an adventure to the City!
We met some friends at the Detroiter then got on the shuttle to head to Ford Field. The feeling on that shuttle was incredible, all of the true Detroiters who love and appreciate the city as much as the Kid...the feeling he gives us in this city is absolutely amazing. I couldn't think of anywhere else in the world I wanted to be at that moment, than on my way to Kid Rock's 40th birthday party.
Once we got to Ford Field, we stood in line with 99.5 blaring, people cheering, and with comaradery I've never felt before..it was an experience of a lifetime..I felt truly blessed to be standing in that line. (The security was incredible too, and I told my husband, Kid wouldn't want it any other way...For us to be safe!)
We made it through the physical pat down, went to the ticket scanners and they scanned my husband's ticket. It came up "invalid" at which point, my husband's heart dropped to the floor! They scanned mine and it read "invalid." They directed us to the ticket window at which point, after about three minutes, the window clerk handed us back the tickets with a big, fat "Void" across them. We went directly to the Macomb County Sheriff's Department to file a report. The deputy "Greg" was absolutely incredible..he went to the gas station where the transaction took place, tried to obtain surveillance videos and searched the trash cans where the seller disposed of the cash envelope, after he collected the money out of it. He also went the guy's house and spoke to his neighbors. He called me around 11:30 with an update of what he found...
Come to find out, "Tim", the person I got the tickets from, was also scammed by a man on eBay. He was an innocent "in between man" and he met us today to give us our money back. Amazing....He had just came from the Roseville police Department to file a report, only to find out there were about 500 other people who had also been scammed by the same RAT!
Kid...I don't want anything in return from you...all I want is for you to be aware that this happened and maybe help in some way to alleviate this in the future..no one can make more of an impact in this situation than you because I listen to your music and I know you think this is BULLSHIT! There are some nasty, cruel people in this world...to screw over two good-hearted people who just wanted a Date Night with the Kid on his 40th Birthday...you are admired and respected and you are a true Michiganian...so, if you are feeling some sympathy for this situation, all I request is a SKYPE session between you and my third graders who are learning about Michigan and LOVE you as much as I do! (I had to ask!) One of your MANY number one fans....YooperGirl