Key Man wrote:
Fast forward to a typical scene. Someone has spent days preparing, packing, traveling to the gate but they have someone else's ticket. They're with a group of friends who all have legit tickets. Being turned away and sent home, when a comfortable way home is not even available, is the worst possible nightmare to this person. It's not like Glastonbury because you're 100 miles from anywhere, maybe thousands of miles from home, maybe with no way home. I can imagine a lot of tears, and sometimes a violent reaction. Thinking about this on your laptop at home you might say "too bad, you brought it on yourself" but this is a VERY TENSE SCENE. This is a big deal.
This is already a problem. You don't actually think that an event of 50K people happens and nobody forgets their ticket? And yeah, it totally sucks to be that person, and they end up back in gerlach in the Burning Man office trying to find a way home.
Just last year, my co-pilot realized around Sacramento that he forgot his ticket at home. Wanted to turn around and go back for it after we had just driven my ancient hobo freak show 200 miles. NO. Lucky, that my burner network was able to bring that ticket to Gerlach the following day.
If you were from Kentucky, you're gonna need someone to overnight it to you in Gerlach, there's just no other way.
Now, people keep saying how you can't do this, but I'M SAYING how can you not? It will be difficult the first year, but no more difficult than what we are facing right now.
Did you see the post above where the guy's friend's father was told by "his neighbors" to buy Burning Man tickets so they could sell them and make a profit? If lot's of amateurs are scalping this could be bad. This is a disaster that has to stop, no matter how painful it might be.
I think the borg should pull the trigger and DO IT THIS YEAR. Right now. Leave the Scalpers in ruin, but give them an out. Let them use the STEP program to get their money back, so that the tickets can be redistributed.
There is an upside - if so many tickets were bought by those intending to scalp them, they can be rerouted to actual burners! And the worry that 40% of the lottery was newbs will be untrue, and we can get back to our lives.