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Downtown's Black Market

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, February 07, 2005, at 07:47PM

From a longer post over on my blog:

Getting into Union Station I wasn't sure if the DASH D ran until 6:30pm or 7pm (turns out it's 7pm, so I could have taken it), so I walked down to the Red Line and rode that to Pershing Square.

Walking back from there I went down Hill to stop at the ATM, headed south, and then east on 6th. Waiting for the light to change at Broadway I noticed a lady on the other side with the familiar blanket spread out full of pirated DVDs. Stopped at the light was an LAPD squad car, just eight feet or so from her illegal wares. Yet neither of the two chose to acknowledge the other's presence, though both surely were aware of the situation.

That said, law enforcement correctly focuses their energy on the large-scale operations that make the discs. Still, it's just funny to see such an obvious look the other way.


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