A pair of Alabama fans were taken for $1,000 each while purchasing what they thought were tickets to Monday’s Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff national title game in Tampa. As it turns out, they were scammed by a Craigslist ad and the tickets were fake.
But the Gentry brothers were not going to take things lying down.
According to a report from The Tampa Bay Times, the Louisiana natives took things into their own hands.
After notifying police of the faulty transaction, the brothers reportedly set up a fake email account and used a new phone number to lure the fraudulent ticket dealer into another transaction. The seller, Joseph Escalera, took the bait and the brothers set up a dummy buyer. Here’s how the brothers approached him, per The Tampa Bay Times:
One pinned Escalera to his chair, pinching a nerve between his neck and shoulder while holding a long, cold object to the back of his head. The other two took his shoes and socks, as well as six tickets to that night’s game they found tucked in Escalera’s waistband.
“All these people had gathered around watching and I kept yelling ‘This guy sold us fake tickets, we’re not robbing him,'” said Bryant Gentry, per the report.
The police reportedly arrived 10 minutes later to make the arrest, which is a good thing, because that cold metal object was a bottle of Coca-Cola.
You can read the rest of this crazy story, which had a happy ending for these Alabama fans (except for the Crimson Tide loss), from Anastasia Dawson at The Tampa Bay Times.