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Old 06-08-2011, 07:33 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Hi there. I just moved to the area so i was curious about what ive noticed lately.

This hasn't happened a whole lot but there have been a few instances where I'll be walking out of a grocery store and a stranger would come up asking me whether I'm interested in a big flat screen or sound system. Yesterday I had a dude in a car next to me while we were driving wave his arms just ask whether I was interested.

Is this just a norm here ? Lol. I mean these areas aren't ghetto either and they don't look dangerous, it just seems shady.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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Ask 'em next time if they got any HD camcorders
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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the same thing has happened to me in sherman oaks off ventura blvd. i just said no and went on with my day.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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This subject takes me back years ago when I was young and stupid.
I came out of a store in one of those strip malls, and this guy approached me and asked if I would like to buy a "new" television.
'Brand new in the box, never been opened".
He motioned me over to his car, and proceeded to show me that the box was indeed sealed, and the name brand of the tv clearly posted on the outside of the box.
It was an RCA new vista tv.
I asked him to open the box so I could see the see it.
He did, but didn't take it out of the box because it was a large set.
I removed some of the packaging to see that it was indeed a color set with what appeared to be about a 24" screen.
He wanted $75.00 for the unit.
I paid, he put it in my car, and I couldn't wait to get home to try out my new tv.
I really needed one because my old set had died.
When I got it home and out of the box, all it was is the shell of a tv, nothing else.
The guy had placed some rocks in the box to make it seem like it was a heavy tv
To say I was pissed would be an understatement.
I learned from that day on, to never buy anything that someone is selling in a parking lot.
To this day, I can't belive I was that stupid and gullible.
Bob.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Like Calguy says, this has been going on for years. Often times it's preceded by a spiel about "my boss ordered too many whatevers." Yeah, right.

I take it you haven't been accosted by the meat guys yet. They approach people on the street, in their yards or in parking lots and try to sell them meat from an unmarked white van. Naturally, it's always "such a great deal, you can't pass this up." Needless to say...
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Yeah, nothing says SoCal like the meat guys!
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:32 PM
 
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times must be tough, since i've only encountered ppl fencing electronics in apartment areas adjacent to UCLA or CSUN or when I lived in Boston near BU.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I was approached by electronics hucksters in the parking lot of the S. Fontana Ralphs just last month. This is also the same center that always has two earnest (code word for pushy) Jehovah Wits flanking the entrance to the doughnut shop. I ignore them as if they weren't there, as they're beneath even the merest hint of my attention. I despise religious hucksters the most.

Two weeks ago in the Food-4-Less parking lot it was a new angle: two guys claiming they could restore my foggy headlight covers to a factory clear finish for 20 bucks. They got my standard reply of "No thanks."
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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Yeah, nothing says SoCal like the meat guys!
LOL, don't forget about the pizza guys driving around selling pizzas!!
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I've yet to encounter that.
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