A year ago, U2 was out touring across the country but the nearest they were coming to ABQ was Denver. Since the concert was on a Saturday night, my sister-in-law and I decided to go. I bought two tickets on E-Bay just a few weeks before the concert. Then, Bono hurt his back and had to have surgery in Germany. They postponed the tour, saying that they would honor the tickets the next year, when the 360 Tour resumed. No problem- I had my tickets in hand, along with the purchase receipts from a woman living in Denver- NATACHA GILLIS.
When they announced the new tour dates, I was excited, again, they would be playing on a Saturday night, May 21. I already had my tickets, purchased from NATACHA GILLIS, on EBay last year. I heard that they were giving out refunds but, hey, I had the actual tickets and I trusted NATACHA GILLIS, that it was an honorable sale.
I did call TicketMaster to verify that the tickets were good but, without the last four numbers of the credit card used for the purchase, they wouldn't tell me. No problem, I trusted NATACHA GILLIS. After all, I had bought them on ebay and I still had the actual tickets, in hand, right?
But, I broke my ankle in April. I still wanted to go, only I knew I'd never be able to use the seats I bought, up in the nosebleed section just to the left of the signboard,as seen in the panorama shot of the Friday Foto. No matter, I was sure I'd be able to exchange them for handicapped seats because that's what I've been doing with my Broadway play season's tickets. I've gotten handicapped seating down front for Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy), usually stage left or right but not bad seats.
So, my sister-in-law and I packed and left Friday afternoon after an abbrievated workday. I was glad to be in a boot instead of the splint, because, although I cannot put weight down on my bad foot yet, I can at least balance on it, at times. It really helped making those pit stops along the way, to just hop to the bathroom, and not go wheelchair. We decided to drive all the way to Denver on Friday night, around 444 miles. Everyone tells me it takes about 6 1/2 to 7 hours but I always get there closer to 8, or more hours. We did drive around Trinidad for about an hour, taking pictures and seeing the town, but it's just not any fun driving if you don't stop along the way to see things. We got to the hotel around 10:30. Whew, long day!
In the morning, we arranged to meet up with her old school friend and then the three of us went straight to Invesco Field to find out about exchanging the tickets. Her friend didn't have a ticket and so we were discussing options. I told them that I would be willing for them to sit together and me sit alone if we had to go that route. I think he had pretty much decided not to go.
They left me in the car because it's a loooooooong walk to the ticket window from the parking lot but I enjoyed looking around and taking pictures. It's amazing what you can find to take photos of when you have a camera with a good zoom.
I guess you can tell from my post title that the ticket exchange didn't go so well. Nope- we found out that NATACHA GILLIS SCREWED ME OVER!!
SHE GOT HER TICKET REFUND LAST JUNE! NEVER MIND THAT I HAD JUST BOUGHT THE TICKETS FROM HER A MONTH EARLIER!!
So much for my optimism about NATACHA GILLIS being an honest person.
The box office cashier took our fraudulent tickets from us but, fortunately, we could purchase three tickets together- in the handicapped seating. SWEET! The ticket seller said he was going to be sitting in that section too. And, the tickets cost less than my original purchase! At least, we'd all get to sit together now and the seats were at stage level too. After such a long pilgrimage, we really had no choice but to purchase more tickets, right?
However, I think it's really unfair for TICKETBASTRDs to offer refunds to the original ticket purchaser when there is such a large secondary resale market on tickets. Shouldn't the tickets be presented for the refund?? AND I think NATACHA GILLIS is a THIEF!!!!!!!!
It is my hope that somehow, in the internet world, word gets around at how dishonest NATACHA GILLIS is. I am a firm believer of what goes around comes around- some day she will get hers. Or she can contact me and pay me back what she stole from me.
To be continued...