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360 Degrees Around the Horizon: No Xboxes in Sight

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If you were extremely lucky last Tuesday, you were able to get your hands on something proving to be more elusive than the fabled "Golden Tickets": an Xbox 360. LAist scoured the Southland in search of one, but we were met with closed doors, shaking heads, and empty packing crates at every turn. It was like Cabbage Patch Kids, all over again. Although we don't think people were robbed at gunpoint for Cabbage Patch Kids. Maybe for the accessories, though.

LAist sent a lone scout to the Best Buy in Hawthorne on Monday night at 6pm, six hours before the Xbox 360 was due to hit shelves at midnight. Our scout faithfully reported that there were over 425 people in line, four news crews, and no chance in hell that we'd be scoring one there. That was our best bet! We'd heard it through the video game grapevine that the store in question was getting over 130 of the systems. Elementary math prevailed, and our scout headed home.