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Country star Charley Pride pays back Alberta fan for money spent on tickets

A country music legend flew to the Edmonton area onThursday to reimburse a fan for money she shelled out for tickets to anonline reseller.


LEDUC — A country music legend flew to the Edmonton area on
Thursday to reimburse a fan for money she shelled out for tickets to an
online reseller.

Charley Pride flew in from his home in Texas after Jaqueline Sharp's son wrote his office.

Sharp
paid more than $1,200 for a pair of tickets worth around $133. She
bought the tickets for the June 20 show in Edmonton from an online
re-seller.

'It's just a matter of what's fair,' Pride said when asked why he felt it necessary to take a stand.

'I wouldn't want to pay this much money to see myself.'

The singer said he has lobbied for anti-piracy legislation in the past.

'I
don't book me,' he explained of how tickets to his show are sold. 'I
sing. Ever since I've been in the business, I've always asked whoever
was booking me or whoever was in charge of charging for the tickets,
`Don't overcharge my tickets because I don't want my fans thinking that
... I'm charging too much.' That's been my philosophy for over 40
years.'

Not only did Pride reimburse Sharp for the money she
paid for the tickets - which were balcony seats - he handed her a pair
of tickets to better seats.

Sharp, tearful and smiling, was overwhelmed.

'I looked twice. He hasn't aged since (a) 1970 concert,' she said of the first time she saw Pride perform.

'I didn't expect anything like this, I really didn't.'

Sharp said she'll likely put the money to good use, making the big night even more special.

'Probably
put it back on American Express,' she said with a smile. 'Maybe buy
something nice to go to the Charley Pride concert.'

 
 
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