Only in LA: Attention, shoppers

First, some questions to consider upon visiting a store.

Is the store opening or closing? Or both?

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Is its name reassuring?

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Have at least some of its products been manufactured locally?

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Does the store ever give you a really unique deal?

sh-minussaving.jpgAndy Chase, for instance, discovered the concept of "minus" saving, involving a Lego toy that was originally priced at $24.99. But for you it's $29.99! Now you know why you shop with Only in LA!


Is the business suspiciously generous?

John Johnson found one that would seemingly pay YOU money to shop there.

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Does it seem like your store is offering free liquid refreshment...

...Until you read the fine print? (Gil Reza, reporting from Lourdes, France.)

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Does the store exercise your math skills?

Alex Auerbach deemed it thoughtful of one business to offer three $3.33 plant containers for $10, thereby saving you "the hassle of figuring out what do with the penny change."

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Does the business offer discounts for special occasions?

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How are the store's restroom facilities?

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Does it discriminate against babies larger than 5 pounds?

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And, finally

Is there a clear evacuation plan for customers in the event of an emergency?

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Good luck!


Steve Harvey's Only in LA column ran in the Los Angeles Times for a couple of decades and now appears here at LA Observed. Harvey can be reached at steveharvey9@gmail.com. His Twitter handle is @sharvey9.


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