Why You Shouldn't Post Your Concert Tickets on Facebook

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The scene: your girlfriend and/or boyfriend (hey, nothing wrong with polyamory) got you tickets to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You've been waiting your whole life to see those goats up close, so naturally, you want to post pictures of your beloved gift on Facebook, rubbing it in all your friends' rodeo-less faces. Here's a tip: don't. Because someone will steal it.

The problem, technically, as illustrated by a Houston local news affiliate below, is with the the barcodes. Would-be thieves can use the pictures you post to copy your legally acquired ticket and slap the same barcode on their own, homemade versions. They can even use them to make multiple fakes, selling them to unsuspecting rodeo (or music) enthusiasts by the dozens. Now you're just hurting everyone.

So if you must show your friends, family, and potential strangers where you're headed, please, for everyone's sake, at least cover up the barcode. Or you know, just don't gloat in the first place. [ABC Action13]

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The ability to print your own tickets has caused problems in a lot of ways. Even people who bought them legally have been known to scam others with them.

For example, if you buy season tickets for a team, they send you paper tickets, and also give you the ability to print your own. A few years ago (though I imagine it's still happening) there were stories about people at Rangers' games who would print their own, sell the paper ticket to a scalper outside, and already be inside by the time the scalper re-sold the now useless ticket. That's one of the reasons I stopped going to games. More than ever, you really don't know what you're paying for.