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Westsiders Are Reportedly Joining Forces To Drive Out Shortcut-Loving Waze Users

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Residents from affluent neighborhoods in Los Angeles are apparently less than enthused about the Waze app sending drivers on routes through their precious, and normally uncongested streets. And in a curmudgeonly move that shouts "Not in my backyard!" these folks are reportedly teaming up to direct people away from their roads.Different neighborhoods near the 405 Freeway have been holding meetings over the last few weeks discussing ways they can mess with the app to clear up their streets, according to TMZ. Since the app uses crowdsourced information, the residents have been reporting that their streets are congested, so drivers end up getting directed to other roads. Apparently, it's starting to work.

The gossip website waded into the community news beat, but gave us few leads, like, say which neighborhoods are the angriest. We want to know! We poked around the agendas of Westside neighborhood councils and turned up nothing. But if there are any tipsters out there who attended the meetings, hit us up.

Update: Waze has responded to the report and says that their system is designed so "fake, coordinated traffic reports can't come to fruition."

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