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Lady Gaga Fans Compete With ‘Professional Queuers’ for Tickets, SCMP Says

Some Hong Kong fans of Lady Gaga were left disappointed yesterday after the first batch of tickets for a concert in the city were sold out within three hours at one outlet, the South China Morning Post reported.

Fans vied with “professional queuers” and ticket touts to secure bookings for the concert, according to the report. The tickets were available exclusively to American Express card holders, who were each restricted to eight, the Post said.

One unidentified woman said she was paid HK$70 ($9.03) an hour to stand in the queue and had been in line for 30 hours, according to the report. Ada Lau said she bought eight of the HK$1,580 tickets and immediately sold four at a 150 percent profit, the Post said.

Simon Clarke bought eight tickets for HK$480 each, as a surprise for his two sons, whom he said would be inspired by Lady Gaga, according to the Post. Clarke said he had asked the family’s domestic helper to stand in the queue from 6:30 a.m. to secure the tickets, it reported.

About 6,000 tickets were available yesterday, according to the report. An unidentified Amex spokeswoman didn’t disclose the number of tickets that went on sale when contacted by the Post, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sandi Liu in Hong Kong at sliu60@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stanley James at sjames8@bloomberg.net

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