Johnny Reid performs during the 2010 Juno awards. — Telegram file photo
A local woman and her neice are attending Johnny Reid’s concert next week after receiving complimentary tickets from the singer’s management.
In a story reported by The Telegram last month, Charlotte Ryan was nearly scammed online while looking for two concert tickets.
After contacting the seller through the posted ad, it became apparent something wasn’t quite right.
“I asked her to phone me a couple times and she said no phone calls only email,” said Ryan.
The scammer wanted Ryan to send money for the tickets through Western Union or Fedex. Ryan naturally refused, unsure if this person would even honour the exchange. It was when the scammer mentioned living in Gander, and Ryan offered to have a family member pick up the tickets, that communication ceased.
She’s been told since that the person she contacted may not even exist and could be located as far away as Europe.
Ryan thought that was the end of the story.
Then a few weeks ago after the article appeared in the news, she was contacted by Chris Ashton at Johnny Mac Entertainment — offering a meet and greet with Reid himself.
“He asked me if I had tickets ... I said we were hoping as the day came closer there may be someone offering up some up,” said Ryan. “Then he emailed me back and said ‘If you don’t have tickets already we’d like to offer you two complimentary tickets.’’’
Ryan said she’s delighted to be going to the show with her neice. As of this week there were no longer tickets available for purchase that were beside one another.
“I accompanied her the last time (Reid) was here and thoroughly enjoyed it — she absolutely loves him,” said Ryan.
Ryan said they haven’t planned what they’d say or wear to meet and greet with Reid, but are thankful and excited to get the opportunity.
NOTE: Stort edited (Aug. 13) to correct name of Ms. Ryan. Correct name is as shown.