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Mets fan arrested for trespassing … for moving to a better seat

May 17, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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My friends and I call it “trading up.” You’ve done it before. Don’t lie.  A little late in a game. House only half full. You move down to better seats. No harm, no foul.

Unless you’re in Citi Field, where it’s a criminal trespassing beef. Via It’s Always Sunny in Detroit, we get this report from the Daily News:

Officer Eduardo Cornejo had a legit ticket to the Mets’ sad 6-3 drubbing by the Cincinnati Reds, but ballpark management confronted him once they realized he was stretched out in a seat better than the one he had purchased.

“He was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “They asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.”

Technically trespassing? Sure, if they asked him to leave and he wouldn’t. And of course I could get it if he was belligerent and they got him on a disorderly conduct. But really: calling the police on a guy for moving up seats? Why is anyone checking his tickets in the first place? According to the police report this was late in the game. On a night when the joint was officially half full, which meant by then it was probably way less than half full. Jeez, if that’s a crime I’d be in jail several times over.

And yeah, that’s “Officer Eduardo Cornejo” as in off duty cop. At least they’re not playing favorites.  That’s the most you can say here.

  1. randygnyc - May 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    There’s obviously more to this story about the seat changing cops behavior than what’s been reported in the story.

    • roadtrip68 - May 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      This is one of those things that should just be left to each ball park as a case by case thing. Case in point, my sister and I went to an A’s game last season. A big fat loud mouth guy was sitting behind us. Th next section over was only about ten percent full. We decided around the fifth inning that we couldn’t take him anymore and moved to the empty section. Five minutes later joe wanna be cop security guy came and told us to move. When I tried to explain to him that we had paid tickets for only one section away and the reason we moved over was another person he didn’t care one bit. Of course the A’s are drawing so many fans these days that keeping those there happy shouldn’t be a very high priority for them.

      • The Rabbit - May 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        We’ve encountered the same situation, i.e. drunk, obnoxious loudmouth in adjoining seat. Just went to the usher and explained the situation. The usher moved us to other seats. No problem.
        BTW-Last weekend at Busch, some of our HBT fantasy league flew in to see the games. We had paid for the expensive all inclusive package. Unfortunately, cur who had purchased the seats was unaware that the tickets for that night were inside the Club box. Who wants to watch a game indoors?
        The game was listed as a sellout so the tickets couldn’t be exchanged. I went to the section supervisor and politely explained the situation. He was the bomb! He arranged outdoor seating for us after the game began.
        Just a shoutout and thanks to the staff at Busch.

  2. matt148 - May 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    A lot of people are missing the point here, and part of the reason is the title of this post. This guy was not arrested for trespassing for moving to a better seat. That is not trespassing. He was arrested for trespassing when he was asked to leave the stadium and didn’t. That happens all the time and not just in stadiums. In any establishment, when the management sees an unruly patron and asks them to leave, if they refuse, they are trespassing. In this situation it seems likely that he was asked to go back to his seat, he refused thinking it was ridiculous that better seats should go to waste, and at that point, management would have no choice but to ask him to leave the stadium. If they didn’t, no fan in that immediate area would ever follow the rules again.

  3. ermur22 - May 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Yea he wouldn’t move cause he was a cop who thought the rules didn’t apply to him…..and I live in NY….if you think this guy is getting thrown off the police force think again….he will still have his job. You could kill someone driving drunk and still be a cop in this city

  4. foreverchipper10 - May 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I once went to an NBA (don’t stop reading here!) game with a few friends and bought our tickets just before tipoff time. We thought about getting some decently priced seats and sitting in a nice section rather than the nosebleeds. The ticket lady then told us to buy the nosebleeds (which were 5 bucks a piece, seriously dirt cheap) and just move down to wherever we wanted after the first quarter because there were so many seats available. We ended up sitting at midcourt on the first level for the final three quarters. The point is we were willing to pay for those seats and the ticket lady persuaded us into buying the cheapos and moving down. It was encouraged.

  5. watermelon1 - May 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    F the police! The ones on duty, and the ones off duty. F ’em all!

  6. djarmona - May 17, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    I think its crazy to arrest someone for moving there seat i mean come on its only baseball game if you can do it in minor league stadiums then you should be able to move your seat no one is sitting at the seat you want to move to

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