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Countless fans are brokenhearted before Super Bowl XLIX after ticket brokers sold them tickets that they never had.
On Saturday, viewers sent in emails and tweets, reporting they had their dreams stolen before the Seahawks even had the chance to play the New England Patriots in the big game.
When KIRO-TV met Rohan Joseph at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday night, he was just off the plane from Phoenix, where he’d hoped to watch the Super Bowl.
"It's crappy because the Super Bowl's an awesome event,” Joseph said.
As pumped as he was to watch his Hawks play in the big game, he found out Saturday morning from Phoenix that the Super Bowl ticket he already paid for at face value from teamtix.com didn’t exist.
"It's kind of like predatory lending, I guess – like they sold me tickets they didn't have. That's kind of messed up in my mind,” Joseph said.
Brokers sell tickets to fans early – tickets they don’t have. Closer to the game, when tickets prices usually drop, brokers try to buy tickets to fill the orders.
ESPN calls the practice short selling.
But one check online shows prices have only climbed.
ESPN reports hundreds of fans are affected.
Fans said the companies have promised to give them their money back.
For many of them, though, it’s little consolation after forking over all that cash to travel and after getting up hopes for the fan experience of a lifetime.
“I used a debit card. It was cash. We’re just all screwed. It’s a sad reality, it’s an awful thing that they did to us,” Lorrie, a Seahawks fan, said when KIRO-TV spoke to her in Phoenix.
“They called and said, 'We don’t have your tickets; we’ll give you your money back.' We can’t get our money back until next week, so even if something happens, some miracle happens, there’s no money, there’s no tickets. We’re all screwed.”Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:36:16 -0500
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued important safety recall information on Saturday.
About 2.12 million vehicles have been recalled. These include the Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, and Toyota's Corolla, Avalon and Matrix.
According to a release, the vehicles were subject to recalls in 2012, 2013 and 2014 that resulted from NHTSA investigations to address a problem with an electronic component that might cause airbags or seat belt pretensioners (devices that tighten your seat belt) to deploy when they should not.
The NHTSA recently determined that a small number of vehicles that had been fixed under those recalls had experienced inadvertent airbag deployments, and the agency urged all three automakers to issue new recalls.
Below is a list of recalled vehicles:
• 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty and 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees (about 750,000 vehicles);
• 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey and 2003 Acura MDX (about 370,000 vehicles);
• 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe, Dodge Viper and Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon (about 1 million vehicles, not all of which were sold in the United States)
You can check your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) online by clicking here to see if it’s included in the recall. You will also receive a notice in the mail from your vehicle’s manufacturer if it is included in the recall.
Click here to read more from the NHTSA about this recall, including frequently asked questions.
Two balloonists landed safely in Mexico on Saturday, ending a flight that looks to have set two world records.
“The pilots: an American, Troy Bradley, and a top Russian balloonist, Leonid Tiukhtyaev,” the BBC’s Alistair Leithead said.
Their balloon, Two Eagles, launched from Japan on Jan. 25. It made a water landing off the coast of Baja California on Saturday afternoon. (Video via KRQE)
Bradley and Tiukhtyaev reportedly spent 160 hours, 37 minutes aloft and traveled about 6,646 miles.
This would handily beat previous records for duration — 137 hours in 1978 during the first transatlantic balloon crossing — and distance, when Double Eagle V made a 5,209-mile Pacific crossing in 1981. (Video via YouTube / TwoEagles)
But nothing’s official until the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and the World Air Sports Federation say so. Regulators have to check the data to ensure the team broke existing records by at least 1 percent.
In the meantime, the Two Eagles team reports its balloonists are safe aboard a fishing boat and headed to solid ground for the first time in nearly a week.Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:20:59 -0500 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories