Donated Macca tickets went to Australian charity official’s daughter, not homeless couple
By David Sands
December 29, 2017
There’s a bit of commotion Down Under about some Paul McCartney concert tickets that were donated to the homeless but ended up in the hands of a Salvation Army official’s daughter and a date.
Beatles fan Chris McDonald of Victoria, Australia recently gave the Salvation Army seven tickets for a Dec. 5 Paul McCartney show in Melbourne with the intention they be given to local homeless people as extra-special holiday gifts. And five of the tickets were indeed given out just as intended. Unfortunately, at the last minute two of the tickets ended up going instead to Ash Nottle, daughter of Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle. When McDonald later discovered the change of plans, he was quite upset.
“The worst part of it all is that they didn’t even have the courtesy to tell me,” McDonald told The Age. “Obviously, this was not the spirit of my donation and I feel very upset by this. My donation has been abused and I think they need to be held accountable for that. This donation was motivated by a genuine desire to do good.”
In an interview with the radio show 3AW, Major Nottle said he had no direct role in the decision to give the two tickets to his daughter. He also insisted that they’d had been returned at the last minute and that staff had been unable to find a replacement homeless couple interested in attending the McCartney show.
“We get it wrong sometimes, as we’ve done here,” Major Nottle said. “We could have handled this a lot better but under the pressure of a chaotic environment up there I get why it happened.”
Asked whether tickets were the best kind of donation to give to the Salvation Army, Nottle replied he didn’t think so, remarking that the Salvation Army wasn’t exactly Ticketmaster.
“Do they need tickets to Paul McCartney or a roof over their head, I think the answer is pretty obvious,” he said.
The cost of all seven tickets have since been refunded to Mr. McDonald by the Salvation Army.
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