Sunday, August 10, 2008

Life's Not Fair

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness and the right to purchase Hannah Montana tickets at a "fair" price*...

"Hannah Montana" Bill Passes State Senate:

Legislation that bans using software that allows ticket brokers to buy large amounts of concert tickets online and then re-sell them for inflated prices was given unanimous approval in the state Senate on April 10, according to the bill's author, Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St Louis Park).

"This bill has been dubbed the 'Hannah Montana' bill because the issue really came to light after thousands of young fans and their families in Minnesota couldn't purchase tickets to the young teen's concert because tickets had been bought up by professional ticket brokers and were being sold at inflated prices, sometimes 2 to 5 times the face value," Senator Latz said. "Professional ticket brokers used special computer software to cut to the front of the line and snatch up most of the tickets, beating out the average fans who simply wanted to enjoy the concert. That's not fair--that's cheating, and this bill will make that illegal."

My State Senator at work. I don't know about you, but I know that I'll sleep easier tonight knowing that this urgent public concern has finally been addressed by our brave public servants. We breathlessly await Latz's next effort to make life more "fair." Maybe it's time to to put some meat behind those "Ten Items or Less" express lane rules at retail establishments and use the full force and power of the government to ensure there's no cheating.

* As amended by Ron Latz

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