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Old 08-18-2009, 11:24 PM
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I think paying for parking, even at stores, is fairly typical in big cities, LA (or at least parts of LA) included. Still, many places do offer validation, and LA has plenty of stores (I assume Best Buy included) that do offer free or cheap parking, so if he's still looking there's no need to give up quite yet.

(and as sort-of-related aside, it was a professor from LA who wrote the book "The High Price of Free Parking," where among other things he compares the experiences of the shopping districts of Westwood and Old Pasadena seen through their parking policies; he argues that Old Pasadena's success is directly related to its parking situation -- several structures with some free time, followed by a fairly reasonable paid rate, supplemented by meters -- a sentiment I heard echoed by various city officials involved with Old Pasadena's transformation. In other words, pay-to-shop can be good for business and for customers when done right)
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:28 PM
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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Mattie, can you imbed a screenshot of the picture so we can check it out for possible "tampering?"
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:50 PM
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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Originally Posted by Mattie View Post
I'm not in CA, but my son's friend is. He sent us a photo he took at an LA Best Buy, showing that they charge for parking. $10.00 for 15 minutes, and a max charge of $50.00. Is he pulling our legs, or do you actually have to pay to shop?
Some areas of LA you can get a meal a BJ and parking for $50.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:08 AM
Location: Below the fray
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My son's friend took a picture. Another apocryphal story about L.A. (file under: Parking rates, heinous). I'm almost sure something got lost in translation. How about uploading the photo? If there are any identifying features in it at all, I'm sure the crack sleuths on this board will find the store.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:13 PM
Location: Columbia, California
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About the most I've paid was $28, and that was 20 odd years ago.
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