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Jackson tickets issued and fans warned not to sell them

The 8,550 Michael Jackson fans who were chosen randomly to receive two tickets to the pop singer's memorial service on Tuesday have been notified, and some of them -- to the disappointment of the Jackson family -- already are trying to sell the tickets online.

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, the e-mail notification process in fact took place today, and those who were selected have already received information on how to print vouchers that they must bring to Dodger Stadium on Monday to pick up the tickets and wristbands needed for entry to the service at Staples Center. About 1.9 million registered for the chance to attend the King of Pop's service, but organizers whittled that number to 1.6 million, eliminating duplicate entries and some generated by automatic dialers, said AEG spokesman Michael Roth. (AEG owns Staples Center and was producing Jackson's comeback concerts.)

This afternoon, several apparent ticket holders posted intentions to sell the tickets on EBay, but Roth warned that the security system in place will prevent anyone from doing so. In addition to the vouchers received via a special code, ticket holders will have to show a valid driver's license, and those whose IDs do not match the registration information will be eliminated as guests.

In addition, a lockable wristband will be placed on the ticket holder on Monday and if that band is altered or damaged in any way on Tuesday morning, that person will not be allowed inside the memorial, Roth said. Every attendee is being given a second ticket and wristband for a guest. Some attendees will watch the service at a nearby simulcast at Nokia Theatre, but the venues will be randomly selected when they arrive Tuesday.

"It  is true that anyone who has a wristband and receives tickets can invite anyone they want with the second ticket," Roth said. "So we are hopeful that they have these vouchers because they are a fan and it’s meaningful to them and they would also invite someone who it would also be very meaningful to them."

Jackson family spokesman Ken Sunshine said he believed most of the EBay sellers were fake, but admonished those who are trying to take advantage of a family tragedy for financial gain.

"This is a memorial," Sunshine said. "Words can’t describe how horrifying it is that people are ostensibly trying to do that. It’s beneath contempt."


-- Maria Elena Fernandez

 
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Yeah, cause the few tickets sellers are the ones making the Big Bucks from his death...

THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WON THE TICKETS TO MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL DONT DESERVE TO BE LET IN AND FURTHER MORE HOW DEVASTATING THIS MUST BE TO THE JACKSON FAMILY ESPECIALLY MCHAEL'S MOTHER. ALL HE EVER WANTED WAS TO PLEASE THE PEOPLE WITH HIS GREAT MUSIC, IF I DIDNT THINK SIGING UP FOR TICKETS WAS FOR REAL I WOULD HAVE DONE SO AND PERSONALLY THANK MRS JACKSON WITH A DOZEN OF RED ROSES FOR GIVING US A GREAT PERFORMER AND SINGER WHO WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN OUR LIVES

Wonder what they will do with the HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of tickets not claimed because the people who registered had no intention of going???

WOW ! WHERE DID ALL THIS $$$$$$ COME FROM...."JACKO" HAD NONE; EVEN IN DEATH THE ENTREPRENEUR WILL MAKE OUT - ONLY IN AMERICA-THE SYSTEM IS GREAT.......

What did you think was gonna happen? If someone in England wins do you really think they are gonna hop on a plane to Dodger Stadium? Get Real. These people who win these tickets have every right to sell them to whoever they want. Get real!

They really should have let us (REAL MJ FANS) get tickets first come first serve. i would have camped out for a chance to get inside. its really really sad.

those ebay accounts should be suspended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it should be a crime

So, what is the going rate for scalped funeral tickets?

I do not believe the way the tickets where handed out was fair it was all fixed. Thats why no good is going to come out of this

What about all the people who entered who can ACTUALLY go? They took our zip codes---LA zip codes should have been given first priority! Is someone from Iowa really going to go?

Bet Ticketmaster charges a $100 'convenience fee' for these free tickets.

Vito

It's beyond contemptable that some"entrepreneurs" must capitalize on someone's death for a few hundred bucks. Some even claim to be donating a portion to charity; how about not taking them if you're not interested in going and giving them to someone who is? There's been a lot of money made with his name but some things are just wrong and selling free tickets to his memorial service is that.

Hope that all the fans will get the chance to show their last respect to the king of Pop

That's what happens when tickets that are worth big money are given away for free. It's the free market at work! People aren't stupid. They recognize a good opportunity to make a little scratch. This is how the world works. Get used to it and stop complaining.

Y'know what else is beneath contempt? Holding a funeral at the STAPLES CENTER and giving away tickets in an ONLINE LOTTERY!!!

Weird, I got an email 2 hours ago saying I'd won tickets -- I filled out all the info, printed vouchers, etc. (No charge :-) then I got an email that said i DIDN'T win. I hope when I get to Dodger stadium tomorrow with my paperwork, I'm not turned away ... anyone else experience this?

I am curious about what will happen to unclaimed tickets at Dodger Stadium Monday. Will they give them to people if they sit at Dodger Stadium all day, waiting? I signed up and really want to go. It is unfair and disrespectful to Jackson and his family to take the free tickets and sell them when so many loyal fans simply did not get lucky.

we much all go millioms of us free of speech go to day
to here michael jackson dead at la staples centrer
now go millions today do not stop go today we need to be
their now millions to go now show we mush go now
to la today stand out side now go today we the poor
people muish get throw now go today

So people that won the tickets but cannot make the trip should not sell them on ebay. Well on the Today show there was a man that won and can't get there so he put the tickets on ebay with a starting bid of 15,000. He is not trying to profit from Michaels death, is he?

I don't understand why people do such a thing...just don't. Show some respect.
Personally I will wacht it all at home in The Netherlands, hopefully I won't have to watch crazyness, but somethng moderate and dignified.

I don't understand why people do such a thing...just don't. Show some respect.
Personally I will wacht it all at home in The Netherlands, hopefully I won't have to watch crazyness, but somethng moderate and dignified.

There are people STILL selling them on Ebay. Ebay ought to be cracking down on this.

BFD

They are so enraged about people making a profit on Michael Jackson's Memorial but originally they themselves were going to charge 25.00 to get in! In other words, no one ELSE can make a profit off of the memorial. They only changed to free because of public outrage. Now the tables are turned and they feign disbelief that someone else was hoping to profit? And don't think that AEG and all are still hoping to gain in his death.The memorial will be on their DVD. Ah Hollywood.

It's the American Way. And bigger financial gainers may be much closer to home.

I think people selling tickets are sick! I qued for over 3 days to get my concert tickets an I would love to have the pleasure of going to the memorial service and those lucky enough are still trying to benifit from this tradegy!
Peter

 
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