Fake Signs Removed in Wilshire Lunch Wars

"Definitely, 100 percent, no way our department put them up," says an LADOT spokesman.

Fake tow-away signs on Wilshire Boulevard were pretty good impersonations and have since been removed, said a Department of Transportations spokesman Thursday.

The signs were just another hiccup in the war between food trucks and restaurants. As LAist points out, for months, some restaurants in the area have tried to keep the food trucks off their turf. At one point, police were ticketing the trucks for anything and everything possible.

This batch of fake signs, which was removed at 6 a.m. Thursday, banned parking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- conveniently during peak lunch hours.

LADOT was first tipped off to the fake signs by LAist.

"Based on that information, with a photograph, we were able to deduce that these signs were not ours and put up illegally," said spokesman Bruce Gillman.

LADOT maintains a database to track temporary signage, and removed the fake signs as soon as possible.

"Definitely, 100 percent, no way our department put them up," said Gillman.


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Gillman said that as long as the meters are being fed, the trucks are parked legally.

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