Tampa dad gave away Hannah Montana tix

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Tbd_hannahmontana112307 It’s Thanksgiving time, so The Juice* is happy to report some goodwill came out of Monday’s Hannah Montana concert despite cries from angry parents over ticket brokers and sky-high scalping prices.

As first reported by WTSP News’ Preston Rudie, Finn Walling of Tampa had been planning to take his 9-year-old daughter Madison to see Miley Cyrus’ alter ego. Unfortunately, Madison caught the flu and couldn’t go, prompting Walling to decide he would just leave the tickets at the will call booth at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tbdfinnwalling112307 “My daughter asked what was going to happen to the tickets and I told her,” Walling explained to The Juice*, “and she said ‘You can’t just leave them there! There are too many people who want to go.’ ” So following Madison’s wishes, Finn planned to sell them, but when he got to the Forum he was shocked to see tickets going for as much as $300 or more.

He decided to give his two tickets away to deserving fans, and found two little girls whose mother (who was on disability) couldn’t afford the show. “This girl, she says, ‘I love her (Montana) so much ... I stand on the coffee table and sing at the top of my lungs,’ ” Walling said. “Then she started to cry, and that got to me. It shows how influential Hannah Montana is on kids.”

And it shows how influential Walling’s good deed is on others: His story has been picked up by CNN, and he’s due to appear on CBS Radio on Friday.

[Photos: Ross Mantle/tbt*, Walling family]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]

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