D.C. anti-scalping regulations accidentally reversed by glitch
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Regular visitors to Verizon Center games are well aware of how D.C. Police enforce anti-scalping regulations. But due to a glitch, the new soliciting regulations that took effect October 1 were accidentally eliminated.
As a result, D.C. Police put out a teletype stating: "Members are immediately directed not to make any further arrests for scalping."
When we asked a number of visitors and residents on Monday whether scalping should be illegal, we heard lots of opinions that were mostly pro-scalping.
"I think it should be legal. I think you should be able to buy tickets as you come down to the game -- it's handy," says Virginia resident, Brody Buhler.
"I think it should be legal -- you know, as long as you're paying no more than the advertised price," adds sports fan Dan Schwemmer.
At big events, spectators are paying many times the advertised price, and there isn’t a guarantee that the tickets will actually get you in – but as Verizon Center regular Charles Addo tells us:
"It is illegal, but when a person need tickets, guess where they're gonna come? They're gonna come right down here and they're going to be looking for someone who has tickets and wants to sell the tickets cheap as they can get."
Scalping is illegal in lots of places, and we ran into a man from Norway, who said, “So if the police catch you, you will have a problem, but people sell them, they do, and people buy them."
As for the scalping opportunities in D.C. now:
"I think we should fix it immediately," says D.C. Council member Jim Graham. "We can't fix it today because it's a holiday, but there should be an opportunity to fix it tomorrow."