POLL: Should the Garlic Festival Honor Stolen Tickets?

Gilroy Police say some stolen festival tickets were sold over the Internet. Should those innocent buyers be punished?

Gilroy Police announced Tuesday that 1,000 Gilroy Garlic Festival tickets totaling $12,500 in value were taken from the Festival Association office on Monterey Road.

According to police spokesperson Sgt. Chad Gallacinao, some of the tickets were sold on various Internet sites.

Patch wants to know if those stolen tickets should be honored at the festival gate this weekend at Christmas Hill Park for those innocent buyers unaware that the tickets were stolen.

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John July 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM
My gut reaction would be no, the stolen tickets should not be honored. However, after thinking about how long it took to get the word out to the public, now I think that they should honor the tickets. I am tired of public and quasi-public institutions covering up break-ins and the like. Why do they do this? I know of a couple of instances where major thefts occurred at Gilroy institutions, but were never reported to the public. Is this to give a false sense of security? Maybe to avoid bad publicity and to avoid seeming like screw-ups? Was the Festival Association the organization that made the ridiculous gamble on the downtown office-apartment complex that wound up costing them (as in us) millions? After all, what motivates an organization to make take such a chance - with other people's money, yet - unless they have something personal to gain from it?
OldTimeGilroy July 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM
In other words, because the theft was not discovered at once, you feel justified in looting the festival out of its admission price? If you think it's too high a price to pay, don't go. Or do you feel "entitled?" As to this remark: "Was the Festival Association the organization that made the ridiculous gamble on the downtown office-apartment complex that wound up costing them (as in us) millions?" what public monies were involved in the venture for you to say "we" (us) paid for that? (The answer is "none.")
OldTimeGilroy July 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM
They haven't even paid once. The tickets they bought were stolen; the Festival realized no income from those sales. And so now you want the Festival to allow them in for free? Why?
Kell July 27, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Are you serious? That is out of control. She and her family live in this community and they should certainly be allowed to have a booth! If that is true I am disgusted!
SteveS July 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Jennifer, If you purchase stolen property, it is your job to recuperate the funds from the thief. If you also want to go to the festival, you buy a ticket legally. You aren't paying twice unless you cannot get the payment for stolen goods returned by the thief. If this is the case, you should be more careful where and from whom you purchase things. It is not the GFA's responsibility to coddle the citizens of the world when they are the victims of a crime, also. However, if they were lax in their reporting of the crime and allowed people to believe that their illicitly acquired tickets were legal, then they do need to honor them. If, after providing my bank account details, my long-lost Nigerian uncle failed to provide me the $10 million he said he would, then drained my account instead, should I complain to my bank that they allowed this to happen? Has ALL of Gilroy recently attracted Collins' Syndrome?


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