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That's one way to get cheap tix: Cops bust Busch ticket scheme

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Published: August 3, 2006 at 8:50 AM

Police in Virginia have arrested a 21-year-old Busch Gardens Europe employee in a discount ticket scheme.

According to a Hampton Roads Daily Press report, Justin Sands, a front gate employee, would pocket visitors' tickets as they entered the park, instead of scanning (and voiding) them. Sands then allegedly sold the $52 tickets online for $10 to $20 each.

Busch Gardens wouldn't comment. Sands is facing felony embezzlement charges.

Readers' Opinions

From Dustin Kern on August 3, 2006 at 3:28 PM
Well, that was a pretty clever idea on his part. I never thought about why they don't do that or why people aren't caught more often for doing that. Sucks for him though.
From Coaster Enthusiast on August 4, 2006 at 7:38 AM
I'm not sure if Busch changed their ticket policy.
In the past, tickets must be used within three days of purchase.
3-day 'hopper passes' to both BGE and Water Country must be used within fourteen days.
Advanced on-line sales also ask for visitation dates.

It's too bad Justin tossed his life away for a few measly dollars.

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