London winning the Olympic games was supposed to be about bringing joy to a nation, the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the best athletes in the world compete at the greatest party on earth but this week worried Britons wait in fear that their current accounts will emptied and their credit cards maxed out because of the ludicrous methods used by Olympic organisers LOCOG to sell tickets.
The ballot system is understandable. 20 million people can’t fit in 6 million seats but LOCOG decided to create a system which saw users select the events they wanted to see, decide which tickets they could afford to pay for and apply for those, entering payment details for taking payment.
But then came the problem. LOCOG decided that they would take payment during a month long period, and then two weeks later tell customers which tickets they had actually got. Which doesn’t really work with a ballot system because everyone over applied, which is only human nature.
One lady told the BBC she had applied for £20,000 of tickets, in the hope that she won a few of the tickets. I applied for over £3000 of tickets based on the same principle, I thought I’d win a few and I’ll be happy with what I get but what if I win them all? How would that lady find £20,000 if she won them all?
The system should have told you what you’d won, asked you which you actually wanted and then offered those you didn’t want to the next person on the waiting list. Hardly rocket science and no-one would be left with huge charges from banks for declining payments. Should we be surprised? Probably not considering the current state of most of the sporting associations in this country.
For those customers who’s cards do indeed decline LOCOG has announced they will contact the customer and give them a second chance to pay, we assume letting them know how much they plan to debit, at which point you could get some idea of the scale of debt your click happy finger potentially put you in when choosing events in the first place.
LOCOG have defended themselves by claiming they made it clear that customers should only apply for the tickets they want but given that they have 6million of the most in demand tickets of all time on their hands they should hardly be surprised many people reverted to desperate measures to get their hands on them. Didn’t they see the British public camp out for two days outside Buckingham Palace to catch a distant glimpse of the Royal Wedding?