People are Reselling Ariana Grande’s Benefit Concert Tickets to Get Big Payout
May 22, 2017 will go down in history as the date of one of the most horrendous terrorist attacks not only on European soil, but in the world. After an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, 22 innocent people — 10 of whom were adolescents — were killed and 59 people were injured due to an explosion caused by a suicide bomber.
In remembrance of the victims, as well as to benefit the families affected by the bombing, Ariana Grande is hosting a concert called One Love Manchester in the city itself — at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground — on Sunday, June 4. Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Take That, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix, and Robbie Williams are among the confirmed acts.
Despite the commendable move on Ariana’s part, as well as those involved, some are trying to profit off of the big-name performances. “We want to give all fans who were at the show, regardless of where they bought their tickets, every opportunity to register for One Love Manchester,” a Ticketmaster rep said. However, there are trolls out there who are going for the big bucks:
— M.Rusk (@nemo9123) June 1, 2017
“We don’t allow the sale of any type of ticket on eBay so these will be removed automatically,” said a spokesperson for eBay. “All tickets for this event will most certainly be removed by the team who are doing manual sweeps to pick up any that slip through. We also aren’t allowing the sale of ANY item which profits in any way from the tragedy in Manchester. All of these items are being removed if they appear.”
Ticketmaster reportedly set aside 14,000 free tickets for the 14,200 people who were at the original performance, yet more than 25,000 people applied for them — that means there are over 10,000 frauds; fakes who think money in their pocket is more important than the reason why this concert is happening; more important than money in the hands of the victims’ families.
Nevertheless, One Love Manchester — which sold out in SIX MINUTES — is expected to be a success. Tickets were £40 (~$51.50), so they’ll raise at least £2million ($2,577,000), all of which will be donated to the British Red Cross Society.
Let’s focus our energy on the young victims of this heinous crime:
Georgina Callander, 18
Georgina Bethany Callander, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was the first victim to be named. Her friend confirmed that the teen passed away in the hospital the day after the attack, with the victim's mother at her side.
The 18-year-old was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released the following statement soon after the news broke: "It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course."
"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss," the statement continued. "We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team."
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