The Australian Salvation Army has come under fire for donated Paul McCartney tickets.
The Salvation Army in Australia has come under fire after the charity leader’s daughter got two tickets for Paul McCartney concert that were intended to be donated to the homeless.
Brendan Nottle, the organization of the head, defended his daughter, Ash, and tried to explain the situation, The Guardian reported.
Local Beatles fan Chris McDonald donated seven Paul McCartney tickets for the Salvation Army for the homeless. But, Nottle said two of them came shortly before the show. Nottle said Ash was given the tickets by a manager.
“In the last minute, two tickets were returned and [manager] made the decision to give them to my daughter,” Nottle told 3AW. “It had absolutely had nothing to do with me.”
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Nottle claimed that his daughter took the tickets so she could “look out for the five homeless people at the concert.” Ash took her partner to the concert.
Nottle said McDonald would be reimbursed for the tickets and noted that they were not a suitable donation for the homeless.
“When you work with homeless people, to be blunt, do homeless people need of tickets for Paul McCartney or they have a roof over their head?” he said.
“We are not Ticketmaster, we are not organizers, we don’t do that stuff and we get it wrong sometimes, you know,” Nottle continued.
Nottle said the Salvation Army would “definitely learning” and added his daughter As one of “the most people I know.”
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“The tragic is the daughter involved is one of the most people I know,” Nottle said. “In this work you don’t do this kind of thing for the bribe.”
Despite the ticket debacle, McDonald said that he would continue to support the charity.
“They do a lot of good for the people and for the homeless,” McDonald told Fairfax Media. “I have been a recipient of their relief, so I know how important the work that they do, but the golden rule is to never to dip your hand in the donations – the calls of the integrity of the entire organization in dispute.”