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    Since when does the lure of an Ozzy Osbourne concert become the impetus for a sting operation by one local sheriff?
    That's what an outraged Osbourne would like to know after the events that transpired October 29 before his show at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.
    As masterminded by Paul D. Laney, a local county sheriff who ran the operation under the name of PDL Productions, this is how the sting was set up, all without Osbourne's knowledge:
    Sheriff Laney took the liberty of planning an Ozzy Osbourne pre-show concert party by offering the very same perks included in Ozzy's "official" VIP tour packages including two tickets to 40 unsuspecting citizens who received the PDL invites by mail.
    When the "winners" showed up at the bash, they were promptly handcuffed and arrested on various outstanding warrants. Sheriff Laney quickly held a televised press conference to congratulate himself on the successful sting operation.
    And what does Ozzy think of being used as bait? He's pissed.
    "Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back," Osbourne said, "Sheriff Laney should be apologizing to me for using my name in connection with these arrests. It's insulting to me and to my audience and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job.
    "Sheriff Laney went out of his way to tarnish my reputation by implying that I somehow attract a criminal element, which is certainly not true. My audiences are good hard-working people who have been hugely supportive of my music for nearly four decades. They have also been very supportive of my wife Sharon's colon cancer charity by raising over a million dollars (partly through VIP ticket sales) at my shows. It's obvious to me that this sheriff has an agenda and is just trying to make a name for himself on my back."
    Despite his comments about Sheriff Laney's sting operation, Ozzy said he harbors no ill will toward the people of Fargo and hopes to return there under more favorable circumstances.

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    If Ozzy Osbourne doesn't think that a good number of his fans are part of "a criminal element", then how does he explain the fact that the fake pre-show party sting worked so well?
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    People show up just to get the tickets and re-sell them. Give me a fucking break. When someone falls for a sting regarding Kirby vacuums, does that prove that people who clean are criminals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4 View Post
    People show up just to get the tickets and re-sell them.
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    I think you are confusing "people" with yourself, Delta.
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    Yes. It was merely coincidence that EVERY SINGLE OUTSTANDING WARRANT showed up to retrieve a Ozzy Osbourne VIP pack. In fact, they all have over ten [10] Ozzy records, and assorted gigposters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4 View Post
    Yes. It was merely coincidence that EVERY SINGLE OUTSTANDING WARRANT showed up to retrieve a Ozzy Osbourne VIP pack. In fact, they all have over ten [10] Ozzy records, and assorted gigposters.

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    I don't read anywhere where it says that every person who received the notice showed up. That's not implied, by what I read.
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    Criminals love hard rock/metal. It's a fact.

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    Ozzy should be flattered that anyone would show up, even for free tickets. Not even criminals would be stupid enough to fall for a "Free Hanson tickets" sting!
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    Exactly. it has nothing to do with criminality (if that be a word) - but it has everything to do with just plain stupidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    it has nothing to do with criminality (if that be a word)
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    I think it has everything to do with North Dakota.

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    I agree with kingsblend on this being a North Dakota thing...As far as Ozzy Having a criminal fanbase? 'Scuse me, but I think every form of music has some criminals in it's fanbase... Hell, I've skipped from Classic Rock to Heavy Metal to Electronica and Techno myself and uh, I ain't no angel, kids!

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    LOL.

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    Loser.

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    That story seems a little odd to me.

    How did they do this?? Research everyone going to the show to see who had an outstanding warrant and then offer them the packages?

    Or did they just contact people in the area who had outstanding warrants that they already knew of??

    The first one seems like it would require too much research and overtime.

    The second seems implausible also. Wouldn't you be suspicious if you won something you didn't enter? Also, if the second were the case I doubt all of them would show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4 View Post
    People show up just to get the tickets and re-sell them. Give me a fucking break. When someone falls for a sting regarding Kirby vacuums, does that prove that people who clean are criminals?
    Do you have any tickets for this Kirby vacuum event, Delta? It sounds absolutely amazing.
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    Rainbow > Kirby

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4 View Post
    LOL.

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    Loser.

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    SCALPER= CRIMINAL

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    I have no idea who is or isn't a scalper on here.

    All I know is that most states have anti-scalping laws but they either couldn't be bothered with enforcing them or have repealed them recently. It's sad.

    On another subject, this article interested me quite a bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardentbiscuit View Post
    Or did they just contact people in the area who had outstanding warrants that they already knew of??

    Wouldn't you be suspicious if you won something you didn't enter? Also, if the second were the case I doubt all of them would show up.
    This is a pretty common sting to catch people with outstanding warrants. Let's say you've got a list of 50 minor criminals. You know where they live, but they aren't worth a potentially dangerous house arrest. You mail them something along the lines of those car dealer "Come down with this flier...you may have won a 42" TV!" cards. Criminals like getting something for nothing. Most of them show up.

    This one seems dumber for exactly the reasons you mentioned. You're assuming they all like a specific musical artist (which is why Ozzy was insulted.) And you're saying "You've won!" instead of "You may have won!" The other sting looks like a typical promotion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardentbiscuit View Post
    That story seems a little odd to me.

    How did they do this?? Research everyone going to the show to see who had an outstanding warrant and then offer them the packages?
    Couldn't you just send out invites to the first 40 people in the Ozzy fan club and be fairly certain they had warrants?
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    If you cant use their likeness without their permission,
    can you use their name?
    Was it legal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BROKENDOLL View Post
    As far as Ozzy Having a criminal fanbase? 'Scuse me, but I think every form of music has some criminals in it's fanbase... Hell, I've skipped from Classic Rock to Heavy Metal to Electronica and Techno myself and uh, I ain't no angel, kids!
    I don't think Belle and Sebastian have a criminal fanbase, unless overdue library books count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M Sparks View Post
    This is a pretty common sting to catch people with outstanding warrants. Let's say you've got a list of 50 minor criminals. You know where they live, but they aren't worth a potentially dangerous house arrest. You mail them something along the lines of those car dealer "Come down with this flier...you may have won a 42" TV!" cards. Criminals like getting something for nothing. Most of them show up.

    This one seems dumber for exactly the reasons you mentioned. You're assuming they all like a specific musical artist (which is why Ozzy was insulted.) And you're saying "You've won!" instead of "You may have won!" The other sting looks like a typical promotion.
    Yeah I've seen many a sting like this, esp the 42 inch plasma TV variety. I've also seen (on Court TV) one where they used a free dinner, so the criminals show up with a date to cash in on the nice free meal and get busted, and embarassed in one go, classic!
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