Trevor Mallard – Scalper

Trevor Mallard is a dirty scalper, something he even passed a law to prevent…mind you that was for major events. Still the hypocrisy of someone who would once say:

“…it will be illegal to sell a ticket for more that its face value. In other words, you can on-sell a ticket, provided you do not make any profit on it…”

and to then go on and do exactly that, ripping off 4 kids along the way.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard has been accused of scalping tickets to a Wellington music festival.

The tickets to Saturday’s sold-out Homegrown festival have a face value of $95 each.

Whitireia music student Laura Signal, 19, and her three friends were desperate to attend so they bid for four tickets on Trade Me, paying a final price of $656.

Miss Signal was surprised when the trader turned out to be the Hutt South MP, who used his parliamentary email address for the auction.

She and her friends went to Mr Mallard’s Naenae office to collect the tickets from him in person.

“He came out and gave us the package really quickly and he kept saying: ‘It’s not what it looks like; it’s not what it looks like,’ to random passers-by.”

The students said they asked Mr Mallard about a “buy now” price during the auction, but he replied that he would let the auction run.

So not only hypocritical. but also against Ticketek’s rules and regulations:

6.Tickets may not, without the prior written consent of Ticketek or the Seller, be resold at a premium or used for advertising, promotion or other commercial purposes (including competitions and trade promotions) or to enhance the demand for other goods or services. If a ticket is sold or used in breach of this condition, the bearer of the ticket will be refused admission.

Trevor Mallard as is usual is full of excuses claiming that he had a birthday to go to. Well come on Nigel No-mates, I mean if you had 3 friends going surely you’d take them and who forgets birthdays?

Mallard has scalped these kids for $656 when the face value of each ticket was $95. At $164 per ticket that is 73% over face value, if that isn’t scalping then what is?

As if the scalping wasn’t bad enough Mallard, the big tough guy now tries to turn this episode into a blame game and tries to make out that he is the victim:

He believed the students had breached his privacy by revealing him as the ticket trader.

He was all over Twitter last night whinging and crying like a little bitch so his adherents could give him lots of there, theres and poor Twevor comments.

It was all quite pathetic, all the crocodile tears for a dirty scalper and filthy hypocrite.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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