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Theft of Services

By admin - Posted on 23 December 2013

On Saturday, December 21, 2013, the Operations Manager of Showdown Montana Ski Area reported they had caught two juvenile males trying to fraudulently obtain a lift ticket.

When the deputy arrived and started an investigation, he found the two young men were from Great Falls, Montana. The first young man had a season pass for the ski area. He went to the ticket counter and told the clerk he had left his season pass at home. So, the clerk issued him a lift ticket good for the day. The clerk then notified the lift operators. The lift operators then found the same young man using his season pass to get on the lift. Right behind him was his friend who had the lift ticket that was issued for the day. Employees of Showdown Montana Ski Area then held the young men until the deputy arrived. Lucky for the young men, the management of the Showdown Montana Ski Area agreed to drop the charges if they paid for the lift ticket. The young men were then banned from the Showdown Ski Area until January 1, 2014.

What these young men did was a violation of Montana Code Annotated, 45-6-305, Theft of Services, (1) A person commits the offense of theft when the person obtains the temporary use of property, labor, or services of another that are available only for hire, by means of threat or deception or knowing that the use is without the consent of the person providing the property, labor, or services. A person convicted of theft of services shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 6 months, or both. The lift ticket cost $35.00.

Theft of Services has been a problem for the Showdown Montana Ski Area. When people commit this type of theft it forces the ski area to raise their prices to make up for the lost revenue. It ends up hurting everyone who skis.



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