Letter to the Editor,
My wife and I attended the 3-Eh Stage for the BC-DC concert on July 14. We had two free tickets that we received from a local publication. Imagine our surprise when we were turned away at the gate by two staffers who claimed no knowledge of the existence of free tickets.
The gal at the admission table was rude. We were treated like scammers who had somehow ink-pressed colored tickets using valid logos no less, to get into a $35 dollar event.
When we presented the tickets, one held them out and just kept saying, “oh no, no, no, no…” while the other suggested the tickets must have been a contest giveaway that they had no knowledge of. Rather than standing in line and arguing the case for the validity of the publication from where they were cut, or the fact that we didn’t manufacture the tickets on our own, we chose to simply leave. We were shocked to have been told these tickets were not valid as we do not believe publications would just arbitrarily print free tickets to an event in their magazine without having been contacted by the event organizer.
We have always proudly supported local businesses, events and the arts in the valley but after this distasteful experience we will never attend another concert at this venue, eat in Rickey’s restaurant or recommend their campground to friends who visit the area. We are wondering if other people showed up at the venue with free tickets and who were also turned away at the gate?
Stefan Wasylyszyn | Wynndel