Tifton native and rising country music star Kip Moore has taken on ticket scalpers on behalf of hardworking fans who attend his shows.
According to reports, Moore recently saw a post by Twitter user Brent Miller, a ticket scalper. The tweet read, ""@KipMooreMusic 16 tickets available for joes will sell general admission for 125 each or sold out vip for 225 each...direct message me."
Moore responded, ""ur an absolut piece of (expletive)..ur robbing people that work hard every day. Have fun being the worst."
Moore later tweeted, "...ur scalping my tics. If I c u in my crowd I'll throw ur dumb (expletive) out myself!"
Miller then asked for a meet and greet with Moore at his Tampa, Fla. show to "settle our differences tough guy!"
After this exchange, Moore was invited to talk ticket scalping with ESPN radio host Jeff Thurn, after a debate between the two erupted on Twitter.
Thurn posted, "Kip Moore wants to eliminate scalpers and broekrs. HA GL. Bc you have the resources to scoop up tix and resell them you should be chastised?"
Moore's responses have been deleted, but according to Nashville Gab, he tweeted, "that's where u don't know (expletive)…I set the prices w my agents. I realize u think ur smart but ur so off base."
Amongst a series of followup tweets, Moore wrote, "I work tireless hours at my craft. People that sit around and buy my tics just to sell them at outrageous price…is not cool."
Thurn responded, "@KipMooreMusic you don't know (expletive) then. How can you get mad at brokers when I don't see you giving a (expletive) dollar back when they buy ur tix."
Thurn also asked if Moore was "giving back the $ brokers & scalpers have lined your pockets with? Then quit getting mad."
Thurn asked Moore to come on his ESPN radio show and talk live on July 14, and the duo had heated words during the show, but Moore said his biggest concern is that the cost of tickets to his show be kept low for his fans, adding that he fought to get the cost lowered, and the fact that scalpers raise the price and resell them concerns him greatly.
“My dad … I grew up going to Braves games and we could afford to sit in the high seats, which we never could now, the way we grew up,” Moore told tasteofcountry.com. “But what a release that was for a blue-collar family to go and do that together.”
Moore continued, “I’m trying to make an affordable ticket and then all of a sudden these scalpers find out that it’s a hot show and that they’re selling out fast. They have ways and means with their computer system to get tickets quicker than anybody else and you’re telling me that’s OK after all the work I’ve done over all the years to finally get to this position?”
Thurn said he believes scalping is "completely legal," and legitimate.
Moore has posted a letter on his Facebook page, telling his fans he's doing all he can to keep ticket prices low – and keep scalpers from getting their hands on them.
The letter, posted June 19, states Moore is fighting this fight for those on a "strict budget."
“There are things in this world that piss me off that I know I’ll never be able to change, like (expletive) people in congress, mechanics that tell you your motor is blown when it’s most likely a small problem, rising gas prices, selfies every 2 seconds, duck lip selfies, phones in general, paying $75 for a decent seat at a baseball game, people that (expletive) just to (expletive) and being politically correct, and the list goes on. But above all, the thing that pisses me off the most is scalpers,” he wrote.
Moore assures his fans he's doing all he can to fight the problem, but advises them to purchase their tickets as quickly as possible.
He also addressed the scalpers themselves.
“To those of you scalping … I understand doing whatever you can to make a dollar. I also understand there are ethical ways of making that dollar. Twist it however you want to make it seem what you’re doing is OK, but it’s not. I want to always keep prices low so don’t be a (expletive).”
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