I was standing around North Station trying to sell fake tickets to the Celtics game.
This was a new rap I conjured up. I did some homework and I was optimistic it would pay off and make me fat. Or phat?
Growing up around the Garden, scalpers were a familiar site to me, and they never seemed to be the most sophisticated bunch of lugs so I thought 'no problem, I got this!' I spotted my first mark, who was this nice looking lady getting out of a car with her son. She started to walk in my direction, while the boy lingered on, talking to someone in the car. "Have two extra tickets to Game 4! No markup! Great seats!" I yelled in the best upper middle class accent I could muster.
The lady neared and I smiled and said "treat your son to epic hoops game tomorrow night? He'll love you forever. I'd go but I'm going to the Symphony instead.
The mother's eyes lit up at the prospect of delighting her son into loving her even more. My eyes lit up at the wad of bills she popped out her purse.
The money was mere inches from my sweaty palms when her little shlt of a son arrived with a "just a second mom...what are you doing!? Jesus christ don't you think these could be fake!" "What!?" I blared at this punk puberty monster. "Do I seem like some con? I went to college. I have a job. I simply don't need these tickets! If you don't want the hottest tickets in town, fine by me." The kid then took a long look at the ticket and went to his phone typing away at god knows what. "Look mom!! Look!!" The bad seed demanded. "His ticket is for Section BAL310 but it says $127. The official seat chart shows the price as $109. If they were real they'd match!! He's a crook!" The mother looked like a crestfallen dupe and as they hurried away from someone they now perceived as dangerous, "you goddmned punk you think you're so smart! But maybe I'm just so fcking stupid!" #streetleaks #streetfeat #streetsgrammer #lensculturestreets #magnumphotos #myspc #loves_umbrella #umbrellaplanet #rainydayz #igboston #igersboston #followingboston #bostonglobelife #bostonlife #guardiancities #magnumphotos70 #bnw_city #bnw_city_streetlife #bnw_zone #bnwsouls #burnmagazine #friendsinbnw