A YORK student has been caught out selling charity Live 8 tickets through the small ads section on the University website for personal profit.
The second year Economics student, offered the tickets for £250 or highest offer and claimed they were for “a charitable cause to relieve student debt.” When asked to explain his actions he replied “Charity doesn’t lose out my son, I sent in many texts at £1.50 each.”
Online auction site, Ebay, were recently involved in controversy after Bob Geldof, the driving force behind Live 8 and previously Live Aid, labelled them “electronic pimps” for allowing Live 8 tickets to be sold on the side. He also branded the attempted sale of tickets as “sick profiteering.”
“It is filthy money made on the back of the poorest people in the world.” Angry users of the site took to bidding millions of pounds in an effort to sabotage the sale of tickets.
Live 8 will consist of five concerts, one each in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the USA. 125,000 tickets were distributed to the Hyde Park Concert on 2nd July, featuring acts such as Coldplay, U2, Madonna and a reformed Pink Floyd, through an automated prize draw which over a million people entered by text.