Leppard Larceny Occurred During Cedar Rapids Concert
Have you ever been to a concert and noticed people selling bootleg t-shirts in the parking lot? It happens all the time. It's a good way to get a souvenir from the show for about half the cost.
The problem is these so-called "t-shirt vendors" are breaking the law. They are operating without a license and in some cases their merchandise is stolen.
According to The Cedar Rapids Gazette, six people were charged with peddling without a license outside the Def Leppard concert Monday night. Police chief Greg Buelow said 120 shirts were confiscated.
The last time I purchased a knock off shirt was after a Motley Crue show in Los Angeles. It was their final show, on December 31, 2015. We were in town for Iowa's Rose Bowl game against Stanford. I saw a guy selling shirts, they were two for twenty dollars. If I remember right, I talked him down and left with four of them. They were cheap and I wanted a souvenir. I paid about half the price of what I saw inside The Staples Center that night.
But here's the problem, the shirts sucked. The first time I washed it, it shrunk from an XL to a medium. By the second wash cycle, the logo was half faded and the shirt was ready to be retired.
The other issue, the peddlers are stealing money from the artist. I know it's hard to feel sorry for a rock star, but think of the local people it effects. The US Cellular Center hires people to sell the merchandise for the band. These folks are paid on a percentage of the merchandise they sell. It's not fair to take food out of their mouth.
The Gazette reported that the individuals charged Monday night were:
-Thomas D. Ingram, 55, of North Port, Fla
-Thomas J. Keane, 55 of Punta Gorda, Fla
-Bruce G. Lappen, 58 of Lowell, Mass
-James J. Quitoni, 49, of Davie, Fla
-Raymond R. Rourke, 47, of Methuen, Mass
-Paul C. Simon, 52, of Woodstock, Ga
[source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette]