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Inaugural Ball Ticket Losers Want A Second, Rival Ball

Inaugural ball tickets were supposed to go on sale today, but Ticketmaster accidentally started sales over the weekend. Lots of people who were waiting for the actual on-sale date aren't packing away their gowns for 2017 just yet. Instead, they're taking their concerns to the place where all the great issues of our time eventually end up: the White House petition site.

Jilted ballgoers—all five of them who have signed the petition so far—want a second inaugural ball to be organized so they can try to buy tickets again. That may seem like a bizarre request to you, given that the inauguration is two weeks away and is not usually organized around the grievances of foiled partygoers.

Then again, you don't know the unique pain of missing out on $60 ball tickets. "Many were left in a dust of confusion and frustration as neither Ticketmaster nor the Presidential Inaugural Committee made right on their promise—or even issue a real apology," the petition reads.

Still, it doesn't look like the Presidential Inaugural Committee will be offering relief. In a statement released today after the early ticket sales, the committee wrote that the accidental early sale was "consistent with the Presidential Inaugural Committee's announcement that a limited number of public tickets would be available on a first come, first-served basis."

In other words, the committee said it would be hard to get tickets—and it definitely was.

Photo courtesy the Presidential Inaugural Committee

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