Despite owning a $900,000 car, will.i.am decided not to splurge for first class while flying United Airlines. We take no issue with that. Sure, he could afford it. But he's free to fly coach like the rest of us. We do, however, take issue with him expecting first class benefits without actually flying first class.
We were almost on his side until United responded:
"We invite only customers travelling in United Global First, customers with Global Services status traveling in United BusinessFirst, and customers traveling in first class on other Star Alliance carriers to visit our Global First Lounges. Since the customer did not meet these criteria he did not have access to the lounge. We are reaching out to the customer and appreciate his business."
There you have it, Will. You gotta buy the right ticket if you want admission.