A female baseball fan has been charged after allegedly offering her body in exchange for sought-after tickets to the World Series.
Susan Finkelstein, 43, from Philadelphia, was arrested after meeting an undercover policeman in a suburban bar with
the intention, it is claimed, of exchanging sex for admission to a finals game between her beloved Phillies and the New York Yankees.
It follows an advert placed on internet site Craigslist which her lawyer admits may have included a couple of
double entendres but fell way short of prostitution. William Brennan described his client as a nice lady overcome with Phillies fever . As to the advert he said: If someone read into that posting a sexual connotation, that's on them. There's no
overt sexual reference.
The online ad led to a rendezvous between Finkelstein and an undercover police officer snitch. Over a few beers she told the man that she needed two tickets, one for herself and one for her husband. Before prices were
discussed she was arrested by several officers on a nearby table and subsequently charged with the misdemeanour charge of promoting prostitution.
Finkelstein has protested that this was not what she intended. I was hoping to get cheap tickets,
she told local station WPVI-TV, adding: Maybe meet someone, and talk, and bat my eyelashes and maybe get some tickets.
But there was a silver lining for the Phillies fan. A local radio station and car dealer took pity on her plight,
offering a pair of tickets for a weekend game in the process.
A Woman accused of offering sex for World Series baseball tickets has had charges dropped after a two years of persecution.
In 2009, Susan Finkelstein posted an advert on online listings website Craigslist in which she described herself as a gorgeous, tall, buxom blonde... in desperate need
of the tickets.
Police spotted the advert and an undercover officer responded, agreeing to meet her in a bar to offer her a pair of tickets.
Police alleged that Finkelstein who met with the officer in October 2009 had offered to perform
sexual acts in exchange for tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, which she denied.
She stood trial at Bucks County Court in Pennsylvania last year and was acquitted of prostitution but convicted of attempted prostitution,
CBS News reported.
However, the state Superior Court overturned the conviction and yesterday ruled that since she had been cleared of the more serious prostitution count, she could not be convicted of attempted prostitution.