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Petition Created Against Restaurants Who Call Police on Food Trucks

Potato Paratha & Raita from the India Jones truck, which was cited and impounded last week | Photo by carlos ※ rossi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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A handful of workers affected by the recent decrease in lunch options on the Miracle Mile have begun a petition to stop restaurants from calling city officials and police on "designer trucks" who park in the area.

"We, the undersigned request that the brick and mortar restaurants in the area known as Miracle Mile cease and desist from any attempt to impede or hinder any mobile food preparation units or food trucks from operating in the area," the petition reads. "As we work and live in this area we welcome the variety these trucks are able to deliver."

Trucks began appearing on the section of Wilshire Blvd.--described as a "vast wasteland of lunchtime eateries"--about three months ago. Some restaurants saw a detrimental drop in business and complained to city officials, who had the LAPD come out last Wednesday, citing and even impounding one truck. Since then, few trucks have been seen in the direct area.

Office workers say that restaurants should find ways to gain their business back with deals and new menu items, not by killing the competition. Case in point, Baja Fresh says they business is thriving despite the trucks parked outside.

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Only 14 people have signed the petition as of publish.