We’ve all grumbled about the pesky “handling fees” that somehow make a $30 ticket $36 when you buy it online. Well, another astute reader of Baltimore’s voluminous City Code may have gotten your money back, at least if you bought a ticket to Rams Head Live or Pier Six.
According to the Daily Record, Rams Head Live and an aggrieved ticket-payer reached a settlement agreement that would give $5 back to people who paid the surcharge. John Bogdan, Jr., found a Baltimore law passed in 1945 that caps a ticket surcharge at 50 cents, and brought a class action lawsuit to get the money back.
The law was supposed to protect against scalpers, but it ended up working against the ticketing companies. Baltimore officials ere glad to repeal the law last year to help out the companies, but Bogdan’s lawsuit remains. The settlement hasn’t been approved by a judge, but could go into effect in March.
Baltimore Business Journal points out the only catch: the $5 voucher can only be used to purchase a ticket at Rams Head Live. And the cycle goes on forever.
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