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    Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    What will they come up with next???

    For $65, tourists get peek at Los Angeles gangland - Yahoo! News

    LOS ANGELES Only miles from the scenic vistas and celebrity mansions that draw sightseers from around the globe but a world away from the glitz and glamour a bus tour is rolling through the dark side of the city's gang turf.

    Passengers paying $65 a head Saturday signed waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of tattooed ex-gang members who say they have negotiated a cease-fire among rivals in the most violent gangland in America.

    If that sounds daunting, consider the challenge facing organizers of LA Gang Tours: trying to build a thriving venture that provides a glimpse into gang life while also trying to convince people that gang-plagued communities are not as hopeless as movies depict.

    "There's a fascination with gangs," said founder Alfred Lomas, a former member of the Florencia 13 gang. "We can either address the issue head-on, create awareness and discuss the positive things that go on in these communities, or we can try to sweep it under the carpet."

    Several observers have questioned the premise behind the tours, and some city politicians have been more blunt.

    "It's a terrible idea," City Councilman Dennis Zine said. "Is it worth that thrill for 65 bucks? You can go to a (gang) movie for a lot less and not put yourself at risk."
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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    I would pay 65 to stay out of there.

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    Put this right at the top of the list of terrible ideas for a vacation!
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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

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    Put this right at the top of the list of terrible ideas for a vacation!
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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    They really should advertise this tour on the Walmart website. It's the same demographic I'm sure.


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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    That reminds me of the favela tour you can take in Brazil. I just don't get it
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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    What will people come up with next? and why would people pay 65 to go to these places knowing full well that at any minute that there could start shooting for no reason. I don't believe that there is a cease fire pact..I know first hand that these so called cease fires don't last very long, espcially when there is $$$ and drugs involved as well as terriotory to protect.
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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshnyah View Post
    I would pay 65 to stay out of there.
    i would pay 65 to get out of here!

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    Re: Tourists paying for tour of "Gangland"

    It sounds a little more interesting and even, dare I say, reasonable, once you read the whole article...

    But still, really? Who would be crazy enough to take this tour?

    And is gang warfare really so prevalent that they need to negotiate a cease fire for this tours? Makes it sound like entering a warzone. Is it not more like the mafia, where violence is relatively minimal and largely confined to those directly involved?

    So, who's up for a gangland gumball rally?
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