A mum was forced to listen to the Spice Girls in a KFC drive-thru as rain hammered down on her car after falling victim to a ticket ‘scam’.
Emma Courtier travelled from Plymouth to Bristol to watch the 90s girl band at the Ashton Gate Stadium with her friends.
The nostalgia fest ended before it could even begin however when the 41-year-old was refused entry at the door, Cornwall Live reported.
Having bought the ticket for £61 from Stubhub – which boasts “every order is 100% guaranteed, with customer service all the way to your seat” on its website – Emma had been confident she’d get in.
Determined not to let the bad situation get her down, Emma drove to a chicken restaurant during the torrential downpour and sang along to Spice Up Your Life as it faintly trickled out of her car speakers.
Not far away her friends were fully immersed in Spiceworld and having the time of their lives.
“I went to Bristol, got to the gate and they scanned my ticket and said that it wasn’t accepted and to go to the box office to try and sort the issue,” she said.
“I went to the box office and it turns out that somebody had entered the venue on the ticket a good hour before I arrived. So basically my ticket wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.”
Emma was told she could buy another ticket, but decided not to as she was unsure she’d get a refund for the dud.
She said: “I listened to them from outside the venue instead. I was more annoyed about the fact that you are given a guarantee by these people, and it turned out to be rubbish.”
Emma has been a fan of the Spice Girls since they broke into the music scene and was even given the nickname Baby Spice by her work colleagues.
She said: “They were the revolution of girl power back then, my work colleagues nicknamed me Baby Spice because of my name and the blonde hair.
“I spent many a night dancing to the Spice Girls and I never got to see them the first time around, so I was really looking forward to seeing them now.
“They sounded really good from outside the stadium.
“I wish I was in there so I could be a part of it and soak up that atmosphere Everyone walking in were happy and smiling and having fun. It looked like it was going to be good fun.”
Emma’s friends did not realise that she had not been allowed in and believed that she just struggled to find them inside the stadium.
She said: “They were upset, they just thought I couldn’t find them on the pitch and I just boogied along somewhere else, so when we met back up they were asking did I like it, what did I think and I was like ‘I didn’t get in’.
“They were upset and upset for me, but on the bright side, they were freezing and like drowned rats and I was warm and dry.
“You have to make the best of it, I could have gotten angry and kicked off, but it wouldn’t have changed anything, so I just had my boogie outside the stadium with the security people.”
Emma has since been given a full refund and a £100 voucher to spend on Stubhub.
A StubHub spokesperson said: “We are a fan first marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of tickets to live events. In the rare event that a buyer is refused entry to the event, our FanProtect Guarantee kicks in.
“As a result, Emma received a full refund for her ticket and we continue to investigate why she was unable to access the event.”