From what I’ve seen & heard, if you have enough money and/or clout you can get good seats at a booked restaurant, or tickets to a sold-out show, or whatever.
Suppose I’m Mr. Big, a very wealthy socialite, industrialist and man-about-town in Chicago. It’s Friday night, and I’ve got a hankering to go to the Cecil Adams Bar & Grill, the fanciest restaurant in Chicago. There’s a waiting list 6 months long for reservations at the CABaG. However, I call the Maitre d and say, “Hey, I’m Mr. Big. Hook me up.” Next thing you know I’ve got the best table in the house.
So how does that work, exactly? Do the Powers That Be simply tell the guy who had that table “Hey, tough luck. Mr. Big is coming.”?
Or what about sold-out shows? If I (Mr. Big) want to go see William Hung in Il Travatore at the Chicago Lyric Opera, I can just make a phone call and have front-row center seats. But what about the guy who actually paid for those seats six months ago? Is he just given a refund and told “Mr. Big is coming. Sucks for you.”?