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Tour L.A. Gangs for $65

Tour L.A. Gangs for $65

Former gang member Alfred Lomas, talks with reporters invited to take an "LA Gang Tour" in Los Angeles on a recent Sunday. The tour promises "hands-on knowledge and experience of the inner city lifestyle." (AP Photo)

The AP and PoliceLink

January 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Visitors to Los Angeles have a new tour option. For those tired of following maps to celebrity homes, LA Gang Tours offers a ride through the city’s gangland. Passengers pay $65 a head and must sign a waiver acknowledging they could become crime victims.

Reformed L.A. gang member Alfred Lomas recently began hosting the tours. He promises “first-hand encounters” with “the top crime scene locations in South Central, Los Angeles.”

Lomas says his group has negotiated cease fire “safe passage” zones with street gangs along tour bus routes.

However, all participants are required to sign a release form before beginning the tour.

What do you think? Should these tours be allowed?
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    ProtectandServe1

    over 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    LOL. When economic times are tough I guess. Haha

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    What a bunch of idiots...I get paid almost $30 an hour to tour gangland.

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    CadetAK

    over 4 years ago

    3416 Comments

    I say just save your money and drive through downtown LA, you'll find a lot of interesting things there especially when stuck in traffic LOL.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    over 4 years ago

    6746 Comments

    I cannot believe that this "reformed" gangster has negotiated cease fire "safe passage" zones with the thugs. This is ridiculous to say the least. Shut it down before innocent people get killed.

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    rickkd6

    over 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    Creative.

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    KarenS

    over 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    I think it is a terrible idea and he (tour founder) is putting people at risk. Gangs will not respect a cease fire that doesn’t have monetary value (real or perceived). I hope a way is found to put an end to the tours.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    ......we will never go out of business.

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    LPD347

    over 4 years ago

    512 Comments

    stupidest-idea-of-the-year award winner, right here folks...

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    Radiotelegrapher

    over 4 years ago

    2714 Comments

    He collects money from stupid people going though the neighborhoods. Kabul or Baghdad next. Reality Tours?

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42236 Comments

    A "reformed" gangsta busing people into his old stomping grounds!!!!! People are paying $65 each. Sounds like he's just robbing people a different way. And if the do get hurt, see ya! And what if "drives by" some essays who don't know how reformed he is!!!!! From any angle, STUPID!!!!!

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    Kahunacop

    over 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    That is almost as dumb as having tourist take a buss through the battle zone in Baghdad and charging them $65 a head and having them sign a waiver!
    Yes shut them down before anyone is killed! Mahalo

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    THP3380

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    So let me get this right, when this guy arranges a heist of a bus load of tourist and they steal everyones money you can't sue his ass. Because if he can arrange a cease fire he can arrange a robbery. Reformed??? Yeah right, shut this guy down before someone gets hurt. And to your right you'll see police involved in a shoot-out, oh lets drive a bus load of innocent people in the middle of it.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    I can't say I thought this was a bad idea, until I read the part about the cease fire. AgentNYPD is right on. A little unsettling. I am not, however, against people educating themselves about gangs. I just don't think a tour bus that negotiated a cease fire is the right way to do it.

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    jhunph

    over 4 years ago

    1116 Comments

    AgentNYPD & brooklynsergeant both hit the nail on the head. I have to ask, how reformed is this guy Alfred Lomas? Just because he set up this "legitimate" business doesn't mean he is no longer a gang member. And he promises “first-hand encounters” . What kind of encounters and how does he propose to do that?

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    mudpuppynj

    over 4 years ago

    384 Comments

    Capitalism at its finest!

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