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    The online coupon site Groupon has removed all of the advertisements and is offering customers refunds for Hollywood bus tours. Jenna Susko reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2017.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)

    As a result of the NBC4 I-Team series exposing lies and dangers on some Hollywood celebrity tours, Groupon is taking action.

    The online coupon site has removed all of the advertisements and is offering customers refunds. A two hour celebrity tour, before a discount, goes for as much as $60 a person.

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    It all stems from an NBC4 investigation, which began in 2015.

    The team found guides taking customers through the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills, making up where many celebrities live.

    The I-Team also spoke with experts who say the passengers were being driven in unsafe vans.

    The I-Team reached out to Groupon after finding the deals still being advertised online.

    Within two hours, the ads were taken down.  Insiders say it's a big hit to their industry, because many people buy their tickets online.

    "Well that certainly is a step in putting pressure on some of these companies," Leron Gubler told the I-Team.

    He's the President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

    Gubler says he's working closely with Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, who introduced new legislation as a result of the NBC4 investigation.

    "This bill in Sacramento would actually change things. It would mandate inspections and certifications for the tour buses," said Gubler.

    If you purchased a tour on Groupon, customers who want to request a refund should visit www.groupon.com/support.

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