They converge several times a week like flies on a dead carcass. Blocking the street, the sidewalk, hanging their cameras over the fence. Making boatloads of noise. Just for a glimpse of Lindsay Lohan, whose DJ girlfriend is reputed to live a couple of blocks from me.
It’s super irritating. And I’m only a neighbor, not the one they are stalking. I can’t imagine what it must be like to try and have any semblance of a ‘normal’ life if you are the object of their affection!
When I simply pulled up to take their picture, and there were about three times as many lounging around waiting, they immediately, and very aggressively turned their cameras on me. And forget talking to them, reminding them this is a neighborhood where people actually live and want to easily pass on the street without them blocking the way, they got downright abusive, shouting and wanting to know where I lived.
I know this is a problem specific to LA, and in the grand scheme of things a minor one… but it really does seem like there should be better laws in our city that prohibit paparazzi from blocking the sidewalk and the street. And aggressively pursuing people.
After a couple of days of this, I stopped a police person one morning who happened to be in the neighborhood and he said there was nothing he could do. He agreed to stop by the address and check to see if any of the photographers cars were missing front or back plates, and give out tickets for that. He said that typically they remove their plates to avoid traffic tickets from the traffic-cams when they are running red lights in pursuit of the celebrity.
I guess it is part of what comes with the territory…. but it affects a lot of people, not just the person who chose to be a celebrity.