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Bad Karma for Scalpers

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EUGENE, Ore. - Scalping tickets may be legal in Oregon, but a follower of the Dalai Lama says it's bad karma.

The Tibetan religious leader is scheduled to speak May 10 at the University of Oregon. Tickets sold for $20 are being re-sold by an online ticket broker at prices ranging from $225 to $282 a seat.

In the contract with the university, the Dalai Lama required the event be noncommercial with a nominal ticket prices.

Oregon State University associate professor Jim Blumenthal is a follower of the Tibetan religious leader. Blumenthal says scalping causes spiritual harm to a greedy seller.

He says ticket reselling for a selfish or self-centered motive has a negative effect on the scalper's karmic disposition.