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User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 20
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

Hi everyone! I am really dying to get out to LAX soon after seeing so many awesome pics from there. AA is holding some awesome fares for October 6-10 from MCO for $116 roundtrip. It is really hard for me to pass up on such a fare. However, I am currently 17 until later this year. What I'm looking for is a regular LAX photographer who is willing to help a fellow A.netter out by getting me into a hotel room and maybe showing me around. I would give you a check or cash (whichever you prefer) to pay you back for the hotel costs as well as give you some money to maybe drive me around. I wish I could find someone above 18 to go with but all my MCO buddies above 18 are busy in October. I'm not looking for a chaperone, just an aid to get into a hotel and an expert to show me around the great spots like Imperial Hill and the In and Out. After I learn the spots, I can take the city bus or taxi and then need to be checked out of the hotel as I make my way back to MCO. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3007 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3419 times:
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Sorry for the slight off-topic, but is it really so that you aren't allowed to get a hotel room by yourself in the US if you're a minor?

-Manuel



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

I do believe that you have to be 18 in the UK. My son recently had a trip to LPL and the bottom of the hotel booking specifically stated he had to be 18 to check in. As he's 17 he was worried about this, but his g/f is 18 so that problem went away.

Also, be careful about asking for help on a website, even A.net. You never know who is around.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
Also, be careful about asking for help on a website, even A.net. You never know who is around.

Yeah I understand this. This is why I ask for a regular LAX photographer. Someone with a decent reputation on this website. I feel I could trust someone of that nature. However, as of now, it looks like I have no takers.

-Justin



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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
Sorry for the slight off-topic, but is it really so that you aren't allowed to get a hotel room by yourself in the US if you're a minor?

I'm not sure if it's a specific law, but minors don't have contractual capacity under the commercial code, so you can't hold a kid to a legal contract except under a few limited circumstances. And I can't think of a single reason why a hotel would want to rent a room to an unsupervised teenager--the potential for disaster (not only limited to the possibility that the room could be destroyed) would be enormous.

Quoting DLX737200 (Thread starter):
I'm not looking for a chaperone, just an aid to get into a hotel and an expert to show me around the great spots like Imperial Hill and the In and Out.

I'm gone until December, so this is kind of a moot point anyway, but I don't know if you're gonna have much luck in this quest. I wouldn't help you, because I'm not keen on being held responsible should you get picked up by the cops (and believe me, you're going to run into them at some point during your stay), and if you were *MY* kid, no way in hell would I turn you loose for the weekend in this neighborhood and on your own.

Now if you were coming to LA, and you needed a place to stay and someone to show you around the LAX photo spots... AND if my husband and I weren't going to be out of the country at the time, I'd probably suggest you catch a flight to Burbank and you could crash (not literally, of course) in our guest room for free. If you don't want to wait on this trip, though, maybe another a.netter in the area could put you up?

Anyhow, hope you find something that works. If you don't and you want to visit after December 4th, give a shout and we'll plan something.

-Leanne


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

Justin, as long you have a credit card, check card, or whatever, you'll be fine.
I was 16 when I checked in to a hotel in Chicago using my own credit card my parents got for me for trips and education stuff. So, technically, as long you have a card, no matter your age, you're good to go.

Kevin


User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 5):
Justin, as long you have a credit card, check card, or whatever, you'll be fine.
I was 16 when I checked in to a hotel in Chicago using my own credit card my parents got for me for trips and education stuff. So, technically, as long you have a card, no matter your age, you're good to go.

Kevin

Worked at SNA for me when I went to see my sister. However, she was not able to pick me up at the time so I made my way to the hotel, checked myself in, and Matt (WakeTurbulance) picked me up and took me around SNA showing me the spots.

I would not rely on this as some hotels do inforce their 18 or older rule but I see no reason for you to give a crack at it. Like stated above as long as your credit card/debit card is valid you should be fine.

A fun day none the less. At LAX you should be fine. It's not hard to get to either of the two main spots via. taxi/airport shuttle.

Take care,

Matt



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User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Yeah but I don't wanna get to LAX and then be told, "sorry, we cannot allow you to check in due to your age." Then what? I sleep on an airport bench? That wouldn't be much fun.

-Justin



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

Quoting DLX737200 (Reply 7):
Yeah but I don't wanna get to LAX and then be told, "sorry, we cannot allow you to check in due to your age." Then what? I sleep on an airport bench? That wouldn't be much fun.

I dont think you will have much problem. if you book the room over the internet, once its paid for its paid for and you can then just walk up and request to check in. If they query it, just make it up. You've seen home alone...

"Me and my dad are flying in from MCO, he had to work late and so is coming in on a later flight. He asked me to check into the hotel ready for when he arrives".

I never had a problem when i was in LAX. I've been there four times. I'd reccomend the Embassy Suites South as they have some EXCELLENT views of the airport and some extremly nice rooms (a bit pricy tho by american standards).



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User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

I called the Furmam Hotel last night and explained that I was 17 and wishing to stay at their hotel alone. I told them I have a Visa Checkcard (not credit but it withdrawls from my checking out immediately). She said, as long as I have that, there would be no problem checking in, like you said Kevin. So I'm gonna talk it over with my parents and probably book it. Big grin

The only other thing is paying taxi costs to places like Imperial Hill and In and Out. Anyone have a city bus system map or anything?

-Justin



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

Quoting DLX737200 (Reply 9):
The only other thing is paying taxi costs to places like Imperial Hill and In and Out. Anyone have a city bus system map or anything?

Be ultra cheap, get the airport shuttle to LAX Airport then get the Embassy Suites South shuttle to their hotel, that hotel is on imperial avenue and the hill is literally a five minute walk...



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User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3145 times:

you can reserve a room thru the internet but need a credit card number to guarentee your room. Most hotels usually don't charge your credit card until you check out unless if it's restrictive or on special internet low prices on third party websites. I book all my travels on the internet and NEVER yet had to pay my hotel room or a deposit until after I checked out.

Justin, It's good that you called...just to be on the safe side, though. I would but usually if you book it and let them know, you shouldn't have much of a problem.

Kevin


User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1012 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Quoting DLX737200 (Reply 9):
The only other thing is paying taxi costs to places like Imperial Hill and In and Out. Anyone have a city bus system map or anything?

Heh, those cab drivers don't like to make that little short run to In N Out. Cameron Bowerman and I found that out this past June. We got in a cab and told him the In N Out on Sepulveda, he didn't like that...bitched the whole time there about how we wasted his time and something about some wait time he has before he can get back in the line or something like that. He told us we should have walked as it was right there...he griped the whole 9 dollar ride to In N Out...I was really close to ripping in to him! Also, we had stayed at the Westin and taken the shuttle to the airport to catch the cab. When the driver asked what airline, we said anywhere near the cabs as we were going to catch one from the airport. LOL, He asked why we hadn't caught one from the hotel. Uh, it woulda costed more? Heh. I had heard after this you could take "The Parking Spot" shuttle as its right next to the In N Out. I dunno. That cab driver was a, well, unhappy man!  Smile

Danny



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User currently offlineN101AA From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3122 times:

I can't believe any parents in their right mind would allow their 17 year old son to travel to Los Angeles and stay in a hotel room by himself for several days. How irresponsible of them!

Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 12):
Heh, those cab drivers don't like to make that little short run to In N Out.

I'm surprised the cab driver didn't refuse to take you. There must be some kind of law against that I guess in California. What you did was rude and you cost that cab driver $$$ in a decent fare he could have gotten. Queues the cab drivers have to wait in "to get their turn at a fare" at airports around the U.S. can reach up to 4 hours.

It's like going to a casual restaurant during peak time, ordering a Coke (and snacking on the free chips), and then leaving a shit tip because you thought the server had a bad attitude toward you. You just cost that server money they could have been earning with a "real" paying customer. Next time, walk.

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 10):
Be ultra cheap, get the airport shuttle to LAX Airport then get the Embassy Suites South shuttle to their hotel, that hotel is on imperial avenue and the hill is literally a five minute walk...

How ghetto of you...


User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3082 times:

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
I can't believe any parents in their right mind would allow their 17 year old son to travel to Los Angeles and stay in a hotel room by himself for several days. How irresponsible of them!

I agree it is unorthodox to let a teen visit a city unknown to him/her alone but don't you judge my parents or me like that. You don't know me and you do not know my parents. For those who know me, I am not your typical 17 year old. I consider myself to be one of the most responsible and common sense smart teenager of my kind. I have traveled to IAD, NYC and ATL by myself too. Still here. My parents trust me more than most parents trust their kids by proving to them in the past, that I am capable of handling myself in a distant city. Quite rude...]

BTW, I just booked my trip, hotel and flight. Best Western and DL.

Anyone available 10/13-10/17 for meeting up to shoot?



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User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 633 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3077 times:

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
How ghetto of you...

Who are you to be calling people ghetto? I see no contributions you made to this thread, rather than bashing. What if you pay for Embassy Suites...you should be entitled to that ride no matter what, right? Please, go somewhere else. You may have money, some on here may not...take some thought before you go bashing people on your little gay parade.

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
What you did was rude and you cost that cab driver $$$ in a decent fare he could have gotten.

It was an off time, and all the drivers had nothing to do. The airport was not busy, there was no queue, and we had no knowledge of where this location was. According to you, it's "ghetto" to take a cheap shuttle, so now that we paid for a cab, this is "rude?"

Take a hike and go someplace else if you have nothing constructive to say.

*end rant*

Now my contribution to contribute something CONSTRUCTIVE to this thread....Do what kaddy said...whether there are passengers or not, that shuttle has to make the trip. The driver doesn't mind making an extra buck regardless if you are staying or not. $1 tip is about normal, and surely you can afford that...a cab ride to Imperial is about $12.

As Fiveholer said, the cab drivers can be shakey on the In N' Out trip. He even suggested to us to take that parking shuttle...again, just give the driver a $1 "tip" for the ride to the parking garage...it's literally right there next to In N' Out.

Enjoy your trip...LAX truely is a wonderful place for photography!


User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3077 times:

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
I'm surprised the cab driver didn't refuse to take you. There must be some kind of law against that I guess in California. What you did was rude and you cost that cab driver $$$ in a decent fare he could have gotten. Queues the cab drivers have to wait in "to get their turn at a fare" at airports around the U.S. can reach up to 4 hours.

I beg to differ. Last time I was at LAX it was 8am and XPFG and I took a cab over to the bridge located just a bit further than In N Out. The driver was more than willing to take us. He was extremely kind and even took us to a few places that he knew of for spotting as he was a pro-spotter kind of guy. I am not saying all will be like this but to say that they'll all be jerks to you is just pure bs.

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
How ghetto of you...

Not really... I do it at SFO all the time. Take the BART to the airport than go out to the sidewalk and grab the Westin Shuttle to the hotel, tip, then cross the street to the park where I can spot all day long. What does the driver care, he got tipped, has to drive anyways, and I just saved myself a good 10min walk.

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
I can't believe any parents in their right mind would allow their 17 year old son to travel to Los Angeles and stay in a hotel room by himself for several days. How irresponsible of them!

CDG, NCE, LAX, MHV, BUR, DEN, APA, SNA, and a few others this summer alone with other spotters.... how irresponsible of my parents. No what's really irresponsible is the fact that they decided to research where I was going, who I was going with, dropped me off at the airport for my flights, called me when I got there and have all the numbers for the people whom I'm staying/traveling with, now there's some shit parenting...

I couldn't agree more with what has been said above, regarding spotting, in and around the airport. LAX is a bit tricky to get around as walking is really not an option, but with what information has been provided you'll have no issues whatsoever. Good luck and happy shooting!!

Matt

[Edited 2005-08-26 00:40:11]


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User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1012 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Quoting N101AA (Reply 13):
I'm surprised the cab driver didn't refuse to take you. There must be some kind of law against that I guess in California. What you did was rude and you cost that cab driver $$$ in a decent fare he could have gotten. Queues the cab drivers have to wait in "to get their turn at a fare" at airports around the U.S. can reach up to 4 hours.

It's like going to a casual restaurant during peak time, ordering a Coke (and snacking on the free chips), and then leaving a shit tip because you thought the server had a bad attitude toward you. You just cost that server money they could have been earning with a "real" paying customer. Next time, walk.

Are you serious? Please don't jump to conclusions. First of all...it was a slow time. The driver we had pulled right off the street and right up to us, mind you it was where they queue, but there was no queue. I'm sorry I don't travel enough to be privy to "cab rules". Not being from LA and never having visited the famous location at In N Out, I had no idea how long the ride would be. What I did expect was the service I was paying for, not special or extra courteous service, but just service that I PAID for. Not to be ripped into the whole ride to my destination about what I should do and how much strife I was causing to the driver. I don't think its fair to compare this to the restaurant service scenario you explained. They are totally different. I was paying this guy for nothing more than what he is there for, which was a ride to wherever I wanted to go. I'm not going into a busy restaurant and odering a coke and bitching about my bevarage not having enough ice in it, eating my chips and leaving a crap tip. Rant off.  Smile

Danny



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User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

hehehe, chicks.

Don't never understand.

Kevin


User currently offlineSquad55 From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

I know what it's like when the cabbie gets upset for a short trip from an airport. The best thing to do is catch a cap at the DEPARTURE, those guys would be more than willing as they didn't queue up.

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