Cashing in on the Casey Anthony trial

July 14th, 2011 by Staff

It seems like lots of people are trying to cash in on the Casey Anthony trial.

Whether it’s setting up a food truck near the Orange County Courthouse, selling memorabilia online or publishing a book two years before the trial even started, some folks are looking for any way to get in on the money wheel.

“A lot of people are off of State Road 50, and I don’t think they’ve seen much difference, either,” said Tim Lovero, a chef on the Big Wheel Food Truck, which sets up shop in downtown Orlando every weekday at lunch time. “We thought the overflow from the case would have picked up business, but not so much.”

Empty pockets and a lot of patience scored Shawn Chaisson a front row seat for the trial, and he said his ticket stub has become a valuable asset.

“I have a folder of all my memorabilia that I’ve been saving,” he said. “I have a pamphlet from the memorial, the instructions for Texas Equusearch, and I have five of these tickets.”

“I’m just going to keep [my ticket] and save it, just to say I was here, that I was a part of this,” said Susan Matta, who also spent a day inside the courtroom.

“I think the ticket would be something good to keep,” said Karen Helka, who traveled from Palm Coast to see the Casey Anthony trial live.

The people I talked to agreed the ticket was worth something to them, but the thought of selling items like custom-made necklaces that say “Casey is Guilty” or “Justice for Caylee” on eBay was too high of a price to pay for their conscience.

“I think that’s wrong,” said Matta. “Have sympathy for the little girl. I don’t think it’s right to be selling that stuff.”

“That’s stupid,” said Brooke Salemi, as she waited in line for a seat inside Courtroom 23. “I don’t know who would spend the money on that.”

Spectators may not be shelling out the cash, but plenty of them are spending their time following the case.

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