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Is this a problem for you hounds?
Just curious..

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  1. Not sure what you mean, BC.

    A "problem" ... how?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Maybe I watch too much TMZ.. ; )

      Just seems like there is mob scenes with the paps outside of resto's and does that spill inside to the diners who want to be left alone?

      1. re: Beach Chick

        You watch too much TV.

        :-)

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I hear it's a big problem in California, but in NY is pretty much non-existent. Sounds like a bummer.

          1. re: coll

            I saw Bobby Flay the other day walking around in Midtown (right by Radio City Music Hall) and no one batted an eye.

            He of the three piece suit with sneakers look.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I've seen a few in the Hamptons myself, but try to keep it cool! I'm going to say the best in NYC was Jackie Kennedy, she looked right at me and smiled. So I sort of understand the attraction.

    2. I have a huge problem with the paparazzi (roaches that come out of the woodwork). So do most of the places I go to. The proprietors are careful and watch out for the ones they know but, daily, there are newbies who're jumping on the money-train and are sloppy and stupid and could care less about anyone but their 'livelihood'.

      Restaurants, salons, spas, markets, hotels...
      They're there hiding their cameras until they get what they want and run. Digital makes it much more expedient now for them...
      I've been in the middle of some very dangerous situations.

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      1. re: latindancer

        'I've been in the middle of some very dangerous situations.'
        Wow latindancer..care to elaborate?

      2. I usually park my water cannon out front, and have my bodyguards mace any paps who sneak inside through the back. I want to enjoy my pimento sandwich in a peaceful setting.

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        1. re: Veggo

          LOL..are these the imaginary people in your head?

          Yum..a pimento sandwich..on what type of bread?

        2. I just wish they would leave me alone so I can dine in peace. Sick of the endless autograph requests.

          1. I've had a few problems with it. Our vet was next door to a small, trendy place that was frequented by 'stars'. Both places shared a driveway to their parking area and many times the driveway and sidewalk were jammed with paps and looky-loos who didn't care if they inconvenienced anyone.

            1. That's kind of funny.... I guess it depends where you are in LA, I think. Maybe we should hang in Hollywood more often....

              We live on the Westside and many big, Big name stars (movie, TV & music) live in our area.... I see them at the store, church, park, restaurant, nail salon, etc. and honestly, we have not encountered ANY paparazzi..... Most of us that live here recognize the fact that these people are human too, and deserve some privacy. Even while dining at some trendy places in mid city, and seeing famous people at the place, we've never had problems with parking (valet, of course) or being disturbed while eating.

              My favorite sighting, was when I was nine months pregnant, and my husband took me out for my birthday dinner, and Jack Nicholson was at the bar. He smiled at me..... I was huge. The other was when Cary Grant held the door open for us at a hotel in Anaheim, many years before I actually lived on the west coast. I didn't know it was him, but my Mom and her friends almost fainted! Lovely man.

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              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                I recall driving down Burton Way and just coming abreast of the Four Seasons on Doheny one day when I noticed on the other side of the street this huge contingent of men with cameras with those ginormous telephoto lenses...all walking backward. And then here comes Angelina Jolie with Maddox in a stroller trailing them...I sort of laughed, but then thought about what it would mean to live that way. Money is wonderful, but I'm not sure it would/could compensate for that much loss of normalcy, privacy and serenity...

                1. re: Servorg

                  Oh, totally.

                  The scariest encounter I had was a few months ago, maybe six or more, I was with my kids in the car, driving east of Sunset. And who pulls up next to us at a stop light? Lindsay Lohan. With a young male "friend". In a brand new Audi R8. We couldn't help but stare. I made sure to stay far away from that car while driving on.... She scares me. With her money & record, she should have an exclusive driver....

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    One of my favorite memories was outside the old Hamlet at Doheny and Sunset. I was taking my wife's elderly grandmother to dinner and she had a wheel chair I was having trouble getting open. Up walks Jon Lovitz who asks if he can help. In just a minute he has the chair open, locked in place and helps get grandma situated in the chair. Turns out he used to be a nurse or paramedic.

                    Another time, I was pulling out of the driveway when a Range Rover pulled up and blocked my way. The driver rolls down the window and its Russel Brand who is lost and asking for directions. Was not expecting him.

                    Maybe the best one was at the old Spago on Sunset. We were at a table of 6 or so and Tony Curtis and his wife (a very tall striking blonde woman) come in and he comes over to our table and starts screaming "the Indians are going to get us, the Indians are in arms, we have mistreated the Indians.." While it may be true, he was a bit tipsy and we gently steered him to his regular table (he dined there all the time). Pretty wild.

                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  You're right. They are just normal people who happen to be rich and famous. In the 60's, I worked for the Beverly Hills Post Office and delivered mail to many of them. All were just as nice as could be. However, the funniest encounter was in the 70's when we owned a 7-11 in Van Nuys. One of my employees was the son of a guy who portrayed a plumber or repairman in a well-known commercial. One evening I was in a Chinese restaurant in Brentwood picking up my order and saw the employee eating there with his whole family so I went over to say hello and chat a moment. The father commented that he was somewhat taken aback; that was the first time someone in the family, other than he, was recognized. I explained to him that I respected his right to privacy.

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    If you remember the iconic Maytag "Lonely" Repairman ad's that ran for many years, the early ones all featured Jesse White as the repairman. One night we were in Junior's when it was crowded, so they took your name and then called you over the PA. I heard "Mr Maytag, party of 2" and looked up to see Jessie and his wife going to get seated. It cracked me up.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      That is funny. Didn't he die just recently?

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Yes

                      2. re: Servorg

                        I get Jesse mixed up with the one I'm talking about. I don't recall his first name but Roach is the last. Chad was the son's name.

                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      I agree, the west side is full of celebs and I encounter a few 'big' names every week. Never a camera (sometimes in Venice) and the most I see is an occasional tourist ask for an autograph or snapshot with them. Most locals could care less what happens outside of there immediate circles affecting them.

                      1. re: CharlesKochel

                        "Most locals could care less what happens outside of there immediate circles affecting them." Exactly. And the rest of the people that live here are also Big name people, they just happen to be on the other side of the camera, so no one "recognizes" them, and they are certainly used to being around those who are recognizable.

                        When I was introduced to Sugar Ray Leonard at my church last year, I almost forgot to let go of his hand..... My dad was a huge boxing fan....I came home and called him immediately, made his day ;) I tend to be more "star struck" with sports celebs than movie stars, I am just not a huge fan of Hollywood.

                        But, we also had a pilot show shot at our house, and one of the actresses is married to one of the guys who was in Ghostbusters. When he came by with their son to watch for a bit, I had to admit, that was kinda cool.

                    3. There are usually a couple paparazzi hanging out on Abbot Kinney in Venice on the weekends, and sometimes in front of Gold's Gym when someone famous is inside, but I've never had a problem with them. Most annoying encounter I've had was a month or so ago in Beverly Hills, not at a restaurant but on the sidewalk in front of a medical building where I had to walk through a hoard of them to get to a doctor's appointment. Of course they didn't care which doctor I was going to see, but it did make me feel badly that whatever celeb I assume they were waiting for to emerge from the building couldn't keep anything private, even a visit to the doctor.

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                      1. re: cookie monster

                        Yeah, although most of those places like Cedars do have procedures in place to try to keep that famous patient's privacy.... And they usually let them use service entrances in the back or underground to avoid the photogs.....

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Oh no, you just gave it all away.....

                          1. re: coll

                            Hahaha, yea, those paparazzi never figured that out.....

                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            Right - I've heard that about Cedars, St. Johns, etc. This was one of the many private medical buildings in BH. Or maybe the celeb they were stalking was actually at a restaurant down the block and they were waiting for her/him to come back to the parking garage.

                            Speaking of BH - I think Robertson by the Ivy and Newsroom Cafe is still paparazzi central. Also the sidewalk in front of Mr. Chow's.

                        2. We were in Brentwood Country Mart once when City Bakery was still around (before Farmshop), and our kids were playing around the coin-op rides by the back patio area, and we heard a mom call out to her kids "Apps" and "Momo". Turned out they were Apple and Moses, and the mom was Gwyneth Paltrow. Our kids and her kids were playing together and Apps even asked me to put some quarters in the rides.

                          We also saw Jennifer Garner and her daughter Violet there that same visit. Jennifer and Gwyneth were chatting (which I was amused by as one's married to the other's ex) and talking about school (guess their kids go to the same school).

                          I thought it was nice that they and their kids just got to hang out and be normal people without paparazzi around. Of course later that night my wife found pics of them posted on some celeb site. Looks like they were maybe taken by individuals who submitted them, and not by actual papparazzo but still, rather invasive.

                          1. I mean, if you don't go to Katsu-ya or CUT or the Bazaar (or the ilk) it really isn't a thing. Even in Santa Monica / Pacific Palisades / Malibu this really isn't a thing. Maybe you recognize someone at another table, but that is about it.

                            A few months ago James Cameron was at the next table over at dinner in Malibu... then it turned out he went to see the same movie (at the movie theatre in Malibu). Over those 4-5 hours, no one whom he didn't already know approached him, no cameras came out, he was just a normal guy living a normal guy life (or so it seemed). Obviously, the story would be very different in Hollywood...

                            1. I was in a restaurant (business dinner) sitting 4 tables away from J.B. (Justin Bieber) and the table next to mine was J.T. (Justin Timberlake). The cameras lurking outside the place was a spectacle to behold.

                              My wife said to me, "J.B., J.T. and J.L. - All in one room. That's why those photographers are all here."

                              1. I used to work in a few restaurants while in high school and college, and have come across my share of celebrity and paparazzi encounters. For the most part, celebrities are indeed just like us, who are normal people who want to have a good time away from the spotlight. I've even chatted with some, as if we were actually equals *gasp*. There are the occasional divo/a types that you expect to see on TMZ, but I can safely say that it's a 1-in-10 occurrence at best. Paparazzi, however, are annoying as heck. Luckily, I'm not beautiful enough (or have too good of a palate) to be seen at typical celeb hotspots.

                                1. I have found that the Paparazzi's who hang out in Brentwood are pretty well-behaved. Yes, they can be found outside of Toscana, Vicente Foods, Tavern and Farmshop, These venues appear to be their favorites in Brentwood. OTOH, given that Brentwood is pretty much of a family community, it is unlikely that there will be a lot of "reality star"spotting. Much more likely to see Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Jimmy Smits, Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn, Renee Zellweiger and the Afflecks., Steven Spielberg. Not likely to see " Real Housewives of .....I suspect that the "reality stars" are the ones who pay the tabs well. Have never seen a Kardashian on San Vicente.:)

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                                  1. re: maudies5

                                    Kardashian sightings: Try the Kommons in Kalabasas

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      I don't think the tabs pay well for older celebs and their kids. Thankfully, The "K"S hang out in the "Kommons in Kalabasas"

                                  2. Heather Locklear asked me for the soy sauce at a sushi place in Westlake. We were at the sushi bar and she apparently sat next to me without me knowing it until people started asking for pictures and autographs. Yes, she is that hot in person and very little makeup.

                                    1. If the presence of celebrities & paparazzi is a problem for some diners, it can easily be avoided Stay away from very trendy and ultra expensive restaurants.
                                      Most pricey restaurants protect the privacy of celebrity clients from paparazzi. But some celebrities actually want to be photographed.and enjoy the publicity. Those are the eateries to avoid.
                                      It's easy to find out which restaurants cultivate paparazzi. Just read the gossip columns and the daily Hollywood trade papers.
                                      It's not a problem for most people----unless they go looking for it.