A 43-year-old married woman from West Philadelphia wasn't wearing underwear when she told an undercover cop, "I'm a whore. I love sex," in order to score World Series tickets, the officer testified yesterday. Susan Finkelstein of West Philadelphia, was arrested in late October and accused of offering various sex acts in exchange for tickets. Her troubles began after investigators noticed her Craigslist ad: "DESPERATE BLONDE NEEDS WS TIX. Diehard Phillies fan - gorgeous tall buxom blonde - in desperate need of two World Series Tickets. Price negotiable - I'm the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!"
Instead of help, Finkelstein won infamy; after her arrest she appeared on national TV and radio shows as far away as San Diego and Alaska—she was also given tickets to games one and two! But the controversy cost her her job as communications job at a bio-medical research nonprofit, and yesterday Finkelstein had to listen silently in court as two Pennsylvania police officers graphically recounted their side of the story. Sgt. Richard Bugsch testified yesterday that after receiving three topless photos of Finkelstein, he "asked her what she wanted to pay for the tickets. She responded, 'My currency is, well, let's just say, unconventional.' She said the price was mine to name."
They arranged to meet at a local bar, and Officer Michael Brady posed as the ticket holder. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he testified that Finkelstein had said that "she was married but in a very open relationship, and that her husband knew she was a prostitute but didn't care." At one point, Finkelstein pulled up her denim skirt, allowing Brady to see that she wore no underwear, the officer testified.
Her lawyer maintains she did nothing criminal because there was no physical interaction and nothing of value had been exchanged. Finkelstein didn't testify yesterday, but after the hearing, she "exploded with rage," over a pint of beer at the very same bar where she met Brady, telling reporters, "I'm a person who has a big mouth, and it was hard to hear the untruths said about me. It was very hard not to say anything when I saw there were untruths being told. I could see my blood pressure rising and my teeth crunching."