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Seat-squatting NYPD cop/Mets fan arrested

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An off-duty New York Police Department cop was arrested for refusing to move after squatting in Citi Field seats during Wednesday's Reds/Mets game.

The officer, Eduardo Cornejo, did indeed have a ticket to the New York Mets game but moved up to better seats when he saw their availability. When security asked him to return to his ticketed seats, he refused; he also refused when a uniformed police sergeant asked him to move; that led to his arrest, according to the New York Daily News.

Now, we've all done some seat squatting at the ballpark; there's always the temptation to move up to better seats. Our first visit to Atlanta Fulton County Stadium ended up with some squatting in Ted Turner's box after a helpful ticket agent told us to buy cheap tickets and move down because a crowd of only 7,000 or so was expected for a scintillating Braves-Expos matchup. And one memorable visit to Fenway Park ended with some poor kid being collared by a crusty old security guard for daring to sneak down behind the dugout to take a picture of the action with two outs in the top of the ninth and the Red Sox up by a comfortable amount; most of the ticketholders in the section, which included then-Gov. Mitt Romney, were long gone. 

Still, it's bad form for an off-duty police officer to refuse to move; the squatting is one thing, but the outright disobedience is another. Cornejo was charged with criminal trespass and released.


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