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Oktoberfest is a scam - Next year, you're forewarned: caveat emptor!

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RicRios Oct 10, 2009 06:30 PM

So it happens these guys decide to rent a parking lot downtown, charge a $60 "all inclusive" admission fee. Here's what you get:

1) an around the block waiting line à la Kogi truck that doesn't move. Total wait time to the front, let me guess, 3 hrs? Why it doesn't move? Read 4) below.

2) an almost empty parking lot with a couple tents showing some tchotchkes, a few pathetic lederhosen trägern paid attendants, an even pathetiker band of Musikanten.

3) Beer, I guess. Not a specially good one. Assuming you can drink it from those unmanageable plastic boots or the really thick and heavy one-liters.

4) After the 3 hrs external line, another internal line of just 1 hr wait for the single food stand. The real reason, I guess, why you'd only allow one half person in every 5 minutes, that's the only way to avoid a riot.

My group of 6 left really pissed off. Somebody should sue these Oktoberscammers.

http://www.laoktoberfest.com/

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    lrhr Oct 13, 2009 02:45 PM

    If you paid by credit card, try to get the charges reversed.

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      RicRios Oct 13, 2009 02:47 PM

      I paid through a brokerage service (goldstar.com ), and they did a full refund.

    2. OCAnn Oct 12, 2009 08:27 AM

      =(

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        QualityMart Oct 11, 2009 11:38 PM

        Wow. This report is particularly bad, but I've read so many reports in this vein about events that bill themselves as "first annual" (grilled cheese fest, bbq fest, korean grill fest, etc.) that I would never, ever attend a "first" event of any kind in the LA area. It's just not worth it, no event is ever that good.

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          Joe Blowe Oct 12, 2009 08:28 AM

          Hear, hear! Caveat emptor, indeed...

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          exilekiss Oct 11, 2009 09:31 PM

          Ouch. Thanks for the warning RicRios. :( Sorry to hear about the 4 hour wait.

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            bromion Oct 11, 2009 05:58 PM

            It was awful, I agree! I even had a free ticket and VIP admission and it STILL wasn't worth it.

            1. SaltCod Oct 11, 2009 01:40 PM

              I went to the ones at Sony and Paramount. The Sony one was good, the Paramount one was fantastic. I had two friends pay 120 bucks to go to this one downtown. They waited 2.5 hours to get in and left after 5 minutes, feeling totally robbed and swindled. Bummer for the beer scene and eff the organizers.

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                RicRios Oct 11, 2009 04:14 PM

                Rather than eff I'd look for the "j" word, as in: Jail.
                Big time fraud under false claims.
                These fraudsters pocketed a tidy 6 figures booty in a single afternoon.

                1. re: RicRios
                  Servorg Oct 11, 2009 05:12 PM

                  I wouldn't wait in line 3 hours for the Rapture, much less this Cluster Fu*k...thanks for taking one (a BIG ONE) for the team , Ric.

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                bophisto Oct 11, 2009 12:38 PM

                Sounds pretty bad...I was thinking something could go wrong with the whole thing. Sucks for everyone that went.

                It looked like it was supposed to be at Paramount Studios first , and then they switched it to L.A Mart for some reason

                Sounds pretty crappy

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                  Public_Offender Oct 10, 2009 10:35 PM

                  Their website claims they were a victim of "ticket fraud!"

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                    annalulu Oct 11, 2009 12:22 AM

                    and they didn't even spell "bear" correctly! Jeez! I'd rather NOT bare anything with those people!

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                      Harry Nile Oct 11, 2009 01:06 AM

                      It's hard to think about minor details like spelling when you're rushing for the midnight flight to Buenos Aires!

                      Sorry to hear about the rip-off, RicRios.

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                      maxzook Oct 11, 2009 03:55 PM

                      Their website is down. Obviously victims of server fraud.

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                        Peripatetic Oct 11, 2009 04:44 PM

                        Amusingly, their site works for all pages except the home page, e.g.:

                        http://www.laoktoberfest.com/Oktoberfest_Tickets.html
                        http://www.laoktoberfest.com/Sponsors.html
                        http://www.laoktoberfest.com/Vendor_Information.html

                        Apparently "the damages" they are "resolving" are not technical ones.

                        BTW, according to this page, the Oktoberfest organizers were planning a wine festival in Calabasas in November:

                        http://www.laoktoberfest.com/Contact.html

                        The web site for that event now claims it has been cancelled:

                        http://www.valleywinefestival.com/

                      2. re: Public_Offender
                        roycifer Oct 11, 2009 07:43 PM

                        the real victims of fraud are those who paid for tickets. shame on the organizers.

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