Hollywood Tours Investigation: Groupon Takes Down Ads

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As a result of the NBC4 I-Team series exposing lies and dangers on some Hollywood celebrity tours, Groupon is taking action.

The online coupon site has removed all of the advertisements and is offering customers refunds. A two hour celebrity tour, before a discount, goes for as much as $60 a person.

It all stems from an NBC4 investigation, which began in 2015.

The team found guides taking customers through the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills, making up where many celebrities live.

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The I-Team also spoke with experts who say the passengers were being driven in unsafe vans.

The I-Team reached out to Groupon after finding the deals still being advertised online.

Within two hours, the ads were taken down.  Insiders say it’s a big hit to their industry, because many people buy their tickets online.

“Well that certainly is a step in putting pressure on some of these companies,” Leron Gubler told the I-Team.

He’s the President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Gubler says he’s working closely with Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, who introduced new legislation as a result of the NBC4 investigation.

“This bill in Sacramento would actually change things. It would mandate inspections and certifications for the tour buses,” said Gubler.

If you purchased a tour on Groupon, customers who want to request a refund should visit www.groupon.com/support.

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