Though we've seen plenty of of desperate GoogaMooga-goers forking over cold, hard cash for tickets to the ostensibly free food and music festival held in Prospect Park this weekend, we also encountered the occasional uplifting glimmer of humanity.
(Read on for more about that. For more tales of profit-mongering, check out some of these audacious Craigslist posts.)
Drew Nelson, 32, was planted outside the festival's Prospect Park West entrance around noon on Saturday, wielding a cardboard sign and beseeching his fellow man for help.
Nelson, however, was not your standard subway beggar: All he wanted was a ticket.
"I heard about it yesterday," he said of the festival. "I checked Craigslist, and they were selling tickets for about $25. I tried to line one up, but people beat me to the punch."
Nelson, who lives in Williamsburg, had been waiting by the side of the walkway for around 15 minutes—"enough to eat my bagel," he said, before a passing Good Samaritan saw his sign and offered up an unused ticket for free.
Nelson was understandably delighted by his good fortune. Others, however, were not so lucky. Patch looked on as one scalper, stalking the bridge just before the park's entrance, suckered someone into paying $30 for a general admission ticket.
"Nothing in this world is free," said the scalper when asked how he had the gall to sell a ticket he got gratis. "You want good air, you gotta pay for good air, right?"