The 10 Sins You Should Never Commit in L.A.
Thou shalt not sneak into the HOV lane
We’ve got a rep for being a laid-back town, but our “it’s all good” vibe only goes so far. Like when it comes to freeway etiquette and lawn maintenance. Show some love to your fellow Los Angeles citizens by following these ten rules--or are there some you secretly love to break?
1. Thou shalt not go slow in the passing lane
Come on--no one else is going the speed limit, so live a little.
2. Thou Shalt Not Refuse Raw Fish
Sushi, sashimi, ceviche, carpaccio, crudo, tiradito and--now on seemingly every corner and in supermarkets--poke. Other cities might be satisfied with eating fast food, but here, we have delicious fresh catch. So dive right in!
3. Thou shalt not pooh-pooh athleisure
People spend a lot on specially engineered leggings that tighten and lift your rear end. And an L.A. company created the sweatshirt immortalized by Bey. So #respect. Athleisure is here to stay.
4. Thou shalt not take the name of a bigwig in vain
At least not in public. Everyone’s listening here, and no one wants to throw shade on someone who might hire them next week. So practice smiling and saying nothing.
5. Thou shalt not “just visit” the carpool or commuter lane
Unless you want a $500 fine or a picture of your wayward car mailed to your house. (Besides, it's nobody else's business what we were doing on the I-10 last Thursday afternoon, anyway.)
6. Thou ShalT Respect the Drought
We’re in the middle of a dry spell, and heaven knows how they are keeping that lawn so green and glossy, but it’s none of our business. (Midnight watering much?)
7. Thou shalt not randomly walk across Melrose
Nobody walks in this city and yet you’re choosing to stroll across the busiest street in town? Ummm, no.
8. When Hiking, Thou Shalt Not Interfere with the Circle of Life
You will encounter coyotes, reptiles and entertainers in Griffith Park. Just leave them all alone.
9. Thou shalt not take a sharp right on red
There are three pedestrians in L.A. and odds are, they will be ambling in front of your bumper right when you take the turn.