D.C. Dentist: Will Fill Cavities, Fit Braces For Inaugural Tix
What's the value of an inauguration ticket?
To one Washington area dentist who is desperately seeking entree to history in the making, the value could be as high as a new set of braces. Or maybe just several teeth cleanings and fillings.
The unnamed dentist posted a notice on Craigslist offering his or her services in exchange for tickets to inaugural parties, a chance to see Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities or to snag a lawn seat at Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning.
The notice, just one of scores and scores of inaugural event tickets being sold and sought on Craigslist, ran under the headline: "Obama Inauguration tickets for Braces (or general dental care) - $4000."
Here's the notice in its entirety as it appeared in the online classified:
I am a general dentist, practicing in DC. I would like to trade my services for inauguration tickets and/or inaugural ball.
I want tickets to any or all of following: - Obama swearing-in ceremony (prefer reserved seats but I'm flexible) - inaugural balls (any of the balls that week-end up to 1/20) - taping to Oprah's show - celebrity-studded events/balls
Value: let's negotiate. Ex: I charge $4000 for one full set of braces
I need at least 4 tickets but would welcome one at a time. As I need multiple tickets, I will offer my services to more than one person.
In addition to providing general dental care, I also provide short term braces (take about 6 months in treatment depending on the case) for persons aged 14 years and adults. I have been practicing dentistry for more than 5 years and have some wonderful, multilingual staff members and a very nice office.
Braces: Very cosmetic, tooth colored brackets and wires, you can barely see them. Work faster than invisalign. Need one visit for adjustment once a month so you can commute to DC by bus if your ride is cheap, and still get a good deal
General Dental care: almost everything including sedation
You will be invited to check out my office prior to a final agreement if you want to see it first. I will also give you any information needed to verify my credentials. I attend my mayor's and council member's functions and small business neighborhood meetings, so I have a real face. My staff and I are great, my office is neat and attractive. You will like it very much. References can be provided from patients and fellow business persons.
If you, your friends/family need dental care including braces, I would be more than happy to trade my services for free in exchange for tickets.
Let's talk, email me through the link above with an email address or telephone number. I will respond within 24-48 hours.
The Sleuth responded to the dentist's ad asking if he/she had had any luck yet negotiating tickets for any of the inaugural events. We haven't heard back yet but we'll update you when and if we do.
Mary Ann Akers
January 15, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
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