Six young women in Australia saved up money by working extra jobs just so that they could travel to the United States and meet Justin Bieber but now their plans and wallets are crushed.
Justin Bieber‘s health definitely comes first but he might not be aware of the terrible repercussions of canceling his Purpose World Tour meet and greets. HollywoodLife.com spoke to a group of young twenty-somethings living in Sydney, Australia, who planned an international trip totally based around following Justin’s tour stops and now they’re out thousands of dollars.
It might sound over-the-top but six Beliebers pooled their money together to buy meet and greets for Justin’s Purpose World Tour. They purchased multiple Ultimate and I’ll Show You packages, which promised various VIP opportunities and also the chance to meet their favorite singer, Justin Bieber. Combined, they spent over $30,000 because the packages range from $995 USD for the “I’ll Show You” package, to $2,000 USD for the “Ultimate” package. After taxes and transaction fees (since they’re international), they spent tens of thousands of dollars. “We have always wanted to see Justin perform at MSG and we just decided to make a trip out out of it,” Teresa Ip, 20, tells HollywoodLife.com. “I’ve been working two jobs.”
The girls were planning to see Justin, 22, in NYC, New Jersey, Miami, Connecticut and even Toronto. When they heard that Justin was canceling his meet and greets they were crushed but not angry at him. “We saw on Twitter but nothing was confirmed. It was all up in the air and we didn’t know why they were cancelled. We just felt heartbroken,” Teresa tells us. “We are glad he’s putting his mental health first. Our issue is with the promoters and they are not giving even a partial refund.”
The issue is that Justin’s promoters: Bkstg, AEG Live, Def Jam Records and Ticketmaster have stated that ticket holders only have two options. Keep the purchased packages and don’t meet Justin but meet his dancers instead or get a full refund but that means you have to give up your ticket to the show too.
“We don’t want to forfeit the tickets,” Teresa says. “The whole point was to see him perform at MSG. We have made a trip around it. The shows are sold out and because of what our Aussie dollar is worth, we will be getting less back and nothing on the transaction fees we paid the bank. If we do keep the tickets, we are losing out … we have good seats but we are paying a lot more than what they are worth.”
Teresa’s friend, Allison Marcos, 20, tells HollywoodLife.com that thousands of fans are in their position. “At the end of the day, this is a complete lose-lose situation,” she says. “I for one, know that it is also not just us suffering, but rather thousands of people around USA and Europe who have spent so much money on these so called ‘VIP experience tickets.'”
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The girls want to make sure that one thing is clear — this has “nothing to do with Justin” and all they’re asking for is a partial refund. “We want a partial refund for everyone who is in the same boat as us,” Teresa says. “Paying 2K for something you’re not getting is unfair and we feel like we are being robbed.”
They claim they have reached out to the promoters and all they get are automated emails and can’t get through to “an actual person.” They hope that by starting a petition on Change.org that Justin and his promoters will take notice, so far that have over 2000 signatures. “Over the years we just love Justin more and more and the fact he’s always giving back. He gives a dollar from every ticket to charity and he meets with Make-A- Wish children before each show. He does it for the right reasons and we hope he does right by us.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Justin should get his promoters to offer a partial refund?