No thanks to Springsteen this Thanksgiving | opinion

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Boss, say it’s not like that.

Asked by Rolling Stone If he’s regretted paying $5,000 for some tickets to his upcoming concerts, Bruce Springsteen admits he hasn’t. He says he knows Ticketmaster would use its dynamic pricing model and that fans could be fleeced. The 73-year-old rocker says he previously charged fans less than the market rate and now he’s fine with cashing in on it.

“This time I said (to my management team), ‘I want to do what everyone else is doing, my colleagues. So that’s what happened,” he says. “They did [laughs].”

“Wow,” was the reply from NJ.com’s Bobby Olivier, who wrote the week’s most popular opinion story. Can’t think of a better answer.

Olivier points out that this is the recording artist who just sold his publishing catalog for $500 million. Also of note is that Springsteen’s net worth is estimated at $650 million and he made his living writing about the common man. Maybe people with that much wealth just don’t realize that most of us citizens don’t have $5,000 in spare change.

Most readers, even some hardcore fans, were just as upset by Springsteen’s all-out money grab.

“Still a fan,” Jay writes via email after reading the story. “But I’m so disappointed in TM’s (Ticketmaster) sliding scale practices and Springsteen’s lack of empathy. My respect for this worker’s icon has dropped a bit.”

John writes that he’s a longtime fan, dating back to Springsteen’s days at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, but that this move from The Boss is just too much.

“His self-centeredness and ego have taken root. After watching more than a dozen shows, I’m out,” John wrote. “Karma can be hard, Bruce.”

So if you’re not grateful for Springsteen this Thanksgiving, there are plenty of other things to be thankful for this holiday. Today, a teenager writes in the Opinion section that she is thankful for strong female leaders.

And on Thanksgiving, a New Jersey-native author will tell us how grateful he is that his friend, who was fired from his six-figure job in the pharmaceutical industry, has become a paramedic with the Berlin and Cherry Hill fire departments. Now his buddy saves lives for $9.75 an hour. That’s clearly not enough money for this worker to pay for Springsteen tickets.

Whatever you’re grateful for this season, we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

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Robin Wilson-Glover is Director of Digital Opinion at NJ.com/The Star Ledger. You can reach them at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @RobinGlover.

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