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You know your burglary has gone bad when your only option is to call in a GETAWAY TOW TRUCK to help you out.
Last week, a man from
But when he tried to get away, his truck got stuck in some MUD. He tried a bunch of things to free it . . . including dumping rock salt under his tires, sliding planks of wood underneath, and even jamming a throw rug down there. But nothing worked.
So finally, he called a tow truck. He told the dispatcher he was helping his aunt move . . . which is why he had all the stuff in his truck . . . and got stuck.
The tow truck driver got his pickup free, but thought it seemed suspicious. He got even MORE suspicious after he unhooked his tow truck and the guy peeled out ACROSS THE LAWN instead of taking the driveway. So he called the cops.
They tracked the pickup back to its owners . . . who turned out to be the burglar's parents. They told the cops their son just got out of jail a few days earlier. The police are still looking for him.
You may have noticed BRANTLEY GILBERT is always wearing chains and dog tags and brass knuckles. It's a lot of heavy metal . . . and it must be tough to get through airport security, right?
Apparently not, because Brantley has been CHEATING THE SYSTEM. First of all, he doesn't take it all onto the plane. He tosses it into his luggage at the airport and then checks his bags just like everyone else.
But he also knows how to disguise certain items so they don't look menacing.
He says, quote, "I got a pair of brass knuckles that has a knob on it, like, you can use it for a belt buckle, and I hook it to a belt, and that's how I get my brass knuckles everywhere."
A movie about the life of GEORGE JONES is in development . . . with George's wife
The script doesn't gloss things over either. It covers George's brilliant music career as well as his "descent into alcohol and drug abuse" . . . and then his eventual recovery. No word yet when production will start. (Billboard)
DARIUS RUCKER is in the middle of his "True Believers" Tour . . . but he's already talking to SHERYL CROW about co-headlining together in the future.
Darius says, quote, "I said 'yeah,' and I think she said 'yeah' too. So now it's in the hands of all the booking agents, but I hope it happens." (Taste of Country)
Have you ever tried to buy tickets to a big concert, but they sold out five minutes after they went on sale? It's more common than it used to be. And if you still want to go, you end up having to pay WAY over face value on sites like StubHub.com.
Here are the top five reasons it's so hard to pay face value for good tickets these days . . .
#1) Credit Card Presales. For a lot of concerts, companies like American Express reserve a certain number of tickets and hold presales, where cardholders can buy them before they go on sale.
Which is okay. But about half of those tickets end up in the hands of brokers, who resell them for twice what they paid.
#2) Fan Clubs. A lot of bands allocate a certain number of tickets for fan club members. But not all of them are actually "fans."
A lot of scalpers join fan clubs multiple times, and then use several different credit cards to buy up as many tickets as they can.
#3) Some Bands Scalp Their Own Tickets. Seriously. They just put something in their tour rider that says a certain number of tickets have to be set aside. Then they resell those tickets on sites like StubHub.
It's actually more common than you might think. Katy Perry was criticized for doing it after TheSmokingGun.com got its hand on her tour rider back in 2011.
#4) You Have to Compete with "Scalper Bots". Which are computer programs designed to flood a particular site with ticket requests as fast as possible. Meaning scalpers don't have to go through the same process you do every time they try to buy tickets. They just let a computer program place each order, which is obviously a lot faster.
Most ticket sites have safeguards to stop it, like when you have to type in a specific word at the bottom of the page before it accepts your payment.
But scalpers get past that by hiring real people in places like
#5) Inflated Service Fees. It used to be that no matter how good your tickets were, you paid the same service fee as people in the back row. But a while back, Ticketmaster realized that if you're willing to buy EXPENSIVE tickets, then you're probably willing to pay a higher service fee too. So they upped it for premium seats . . . meaning good tickets are even MORE expensive now.
But Ticketmaster doesn't necessarily get all that money. Some big bands negotiate into their contracts that THEY get a percentage of the service fees. Then they save face by offering tickets at a reasonable price. And when people complain about the crazy service fees, they blame Ticketmaster. (Buzzfeed)