Chicago Police Dept.
Hundreds of thousands hoped to score one of the 13,000 tickets to Oprah Winfrey's final shows, but only one man (as far as we know) staged a robbery in an attempt to be part of the "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" on Tuesday.
Chicago Police say Robert Spearing of Ontario, Canada, spun a tale to police claiming he was robbed of his show tickets and had the scrapes to prove it. NBC News reports that officers say Spearing "allegedly scraped his hands on the sidewalk and used a rock to make a small cut on his forehead," and told police he was beaten and robbed, then later admitted it was a hoax.
Apparently, his wife really wanted tickets, and he told police he didn't want her mad at him, and believed he could buy tickets at the United Center, where the shows were being taped. The tickets, in fact, were given away via a lottery. Harpo Productions, Winfrey's production company, received more than 154,000 requests for seats to Tuesday's taping.
Spearing was charged with felony disorderly conduct.