Louisiana Warnings and Dangers

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Louisiana Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad Neighborhoods

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    Other posters tell you what neighborhoods to avoid and which are "safe". I invite you to notice how idiotic their advice is. Think about it. If the nice neghborhoods have all the money, where do you think the thugs will go to rob people? Bad people can walk or drive a car. "Bad neighborhoods" are not cages. Thugs are not vampires. It is not safer...

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  • Crime

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    I gotta tell you we just got home from New Orleans on Saturday early in the am. We stayed on Bourbon street and stayed mainly in the French Quarter. We did go to the Garden district and the commercial district. We felt safe and had no incidents of trouble. The only thing we saw panhandlers who tried to get your attention with either shoe shining...

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  • French Quarter

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    During Mardi Gras time, the streets will be filled with people, some well on their way to intoxication. Still the police patrol on horseback and when they want the crowds to move, they mean it. They will warn you once to move if the parade floats are coming down the street. If you don't move and continue to move into the streets trying to "catch...

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  • Avoiding Tourist Hazards

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    The posting by this person is simply the most irresponsible "tip" I've ever seen. " I can't imagine any reasonable individual would want to risk their family's safety during what is supposed to be a relaxing time. " They even say in the posting, that they've never been here. I suspect this is someone working for either Mississippi or Alabama's...

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  • Betcha I can tell ya where ya got dem...

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    Unfortunately, New Orleans has a large number of homeless and/or seedy people who live in and around the tourist areas, and they like to harass tourists and locals alike. A common scam is to approach a "mark" and make a bet, along the lines of "I betcha I can tell you where you got them shoes." Once you engage them, even dismissively ("I can't even...

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  • Night Safety.

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    That "RV park" mentioned in a previous comment section is a few blocks from the Iberville Housing Project, and Armstrong Park. This is the area where a local TV station, located near there, tries to warn tourists. (The station employees will stop their cars and tell tourists to turn back.) This is near the area where the thugs were "hunting"...

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  • Cemeteries

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    The charming and resourceful locals were "hunting" tourists in St. Louis No. 1. They had a look out on the 2nd. floor of the Iberville Housing Project with a cell phone and binoculars. He would scan for hapless victims, then call in a well armed thug strike team. Tourists were robbed, beaten, terrorized and worse. (All verified in the local...

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  • Driving

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    The City of New Orleans is broke. Incompetence, corruption, and wholesale stupidity has placed the finances of this once great city in the toilet. The brain trust at City Hall, decided to install automated speed trap cameras all over town to raise revenue. The speed traps will automatically ticket you for small infractions no matter how absurd....

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  • Drinking

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    Drinking on Bourbon will be expensive, No doubt about it. Expect to spend at least 60 to 100 bucks in a 2 hour time period. A way to get around this is to get a backpack with an Ice cold 6 pack of beer( aluminum cans) No glass and stroll around Bourbon. If you want a cheaper non touristy area go to Frenchman street on the other side of Esplanade...

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  • Pickpockets

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    My daughter was wearing a fancy dress and taking the St. Charles streetcar with friends, when a seemingly drunk man stumbled over and tried to kiss her. She later figured out tha while she was fending him off, an accomplice opened her purse and stole her wallet. From this, she learned 1) Don't look too prosperous on public transportation. 2) Be...

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  • Get Arrested

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    "OPP" (Orleans Parish Prison) was just sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center for a variety of civil rights claims. The feds also just pulled all their inmates out because of "poor conditions." Forced by public pressure, the prison also just closed the so called "House of Detention" bldg. because of conditions. Bottom line: Ever see the movie...

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  • Mardi Gras

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    If you’ve got to drain the main vain at Mardi Gras, you can just *** on the street. Hey, when in Rome do as the Romans! Watch out of cops though. If you’re not careful people will urinate right on you. It happens more than you would like to know at Mardi Gras. For the more sensible, you will have a hard time finding a place that will take pity on...

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  • Weather Hazards

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    I rode out hurricanes Betsy, Camille and Katrina in New Orleans. I personally experienced the three worst natural disasters in the history of the state. (The eye of Betsy and the west wall of Katrina passed directly over my head!) I know what I am talking about, please do not doubt me. 1. If in town enjoying the sights, leave immediately if there...

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  • Terrible Road

    If you look on your road atlas and think you might want to drive down Louisiana Highway 580. DON'T!! It is a terrible road, narrow and very rough. Avoid at all costs there are other better roads nearby.

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  • Natchitoches- Cane River

    The rules for the Cane River is that it is illegal to operate a watercraft unless you have completed a boating safety course which is certified by either the Board of Commissioners of the Cane River Waterway District or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the State of Louisiana Wildlife and...

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  • There are two kinds of insects in...

    There are two kinds of insects here...those that are small enough to go through a screen door, and those that are big enough to open it. :-)The insect pictured here is a Texas Lubber grasshopper, commonly known as a Devil's Horse. Mostly in south Louisiana. Mosquitos are the main problem; however, most cities have tried to prevent encephalitis, so...

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  • Stay in the boat!

    If you're fishing anywhere in south Louisiana, you might attract more to your bait than fish. This gator and his friends seemed to be attracted to the cork, or anything moving in the water. Yikes! They especially like labrador retrievers for lunch, so be careful taking your dog for a swim. Even around in the bayou around our neighborhood, in the...

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  • Alligators on teh road

    While we were driving in Louisiana, we saw alligator roadkill! It must have been hit by a truck or something. First we saw the tail and two legs in one bit, then about 200 metres later, we saw the head on the side of the road and the front bit of the body in the middle. It was pretty gross. If you're driving at night you may not be able to see them...

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  • Beware of the HEAT and HUMILTY!!!

    If planning to come to Louisiana, beware of the very Hot summers we have, people that are not use to the heat, Louisiana is a killer during summer times especially June- Oct. If you choose to come during these months don't say you wasn't warned...lol

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  • Beware of the Gators...

    Alligators in Louisiana need to be respected, they can be still as a log but fast when need be. They can be very dangerous especially if teased.

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  • Bourban and Main Street

    Don't relax while waiting for a bus, if they see you with your eyes closed, you may be arrestred. If you stumble, and they don't like you, you may be arrested. If their pissed off, and you look like their mother in law, you might be arrested. If you step one foot into New Orleans, you MIGHT be arrested.Since I wasn't cuffed, I thought I would take...

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  • Many shredded tyres on the highway..

    ..and I saw quite a few right on the middle of the highway!I was told that in the US, if the tyres treads of commerical trucks got worn down, it is not illegal to put a layer of new tyre tread without actually having to change the entire tyre itself. The problem is that in hot dry weather, like in the southern US, it causes the tread layer to peel...

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  • Fire Ants

    Be careful walking around any lawn areas in Louisiana. Certainly don't walk around barefooted. Fire Ants are a big problem in LA (well not just in this State). Their mounds look like just a clump of earth and not necessarily big. The ants are tiny but with one hell of a bit that can itch for up to 2 weeks. You sure don't want to disturb them. If...

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  • Alligators

    In the swamps of Louisiana you may encounter alligators, they are usually not very dangerous. They will flee if they hear you coming. Except when it is a mother with young.They defend their young fierceless. So watch out! And if you ever have to hold an alligator make sure his head is not too close to your face. (personal experience by Gonnie, see...

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  • prison area

    Driving along scenic byway LA66 we encountered this sign. Should we be worried? Or is it just a sign like there are many in the USA, warning for all sorts of dangers and mishaps, just to not be sued for not warning.......In reality the sign is miles before you come to Angola State Penitentiary.

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  • Cons

    There are all kinds cons on the streets. They want to tell you where you got your tennis shoes, like what state etc..it's a con you may get robbed. I saw the police arrest the guy right after he tried talking to us! Then there's the one's that bump in to you and try to take things off you(pick pockets). Enjoy the sites, but be cautious of your...

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  • Yankee's beware!!

    Anyone that spends enough time in Louisiana will invariably see the secrets that they try very hard not to show “tourists”, out of fear of loosing that almighty travel dollar. The untold undercurrent that is so pervasive as to color the atmosphere and taint what the ‘books’ call a “Sportsman’s Paradise”. My first visit I was frequently told, and...

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  • Beware of alligators

    The alligators are to be respected. Even small ones can cause severe injury. They can grow to be as large as 14 to 18 feet in length. Alligators alternate between the water and the banks, as a means of regulating their body temperature, and are most active during the warmer months. Lying perfectly still, it is easy to mistake one for a log, until...

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  • Cajun Mermaid

    Careful not to come under the spell of the Louisiana Cajun Mermaid. She lures you into eating wonderful food then entertains you with great music and fun before you know it you are enjoying the great bayous and swamps and never want to leave. Ayeeeee!

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  • Sneaky Panhandlers

    If anyone says they can tell you where you got your shoes, don’t fall for it. They'll say "Well you have them right here in New Orleans," and then pester you for money.Unless you have a penchance for printed material, don't take anything that anyone on the street gives you. For example: you are innocently walking down the street and some guy hands...

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  • Hey! I am a drunk and lost tourist. ...

    KEEP YOUR WALLET IN YOUR FRONT POCKET. WALK WIDE AROUND CORNERS AND ALWAYS KNOW WHO IS AROUND YOU. Best bet if you feel threatened is to act crazy. Laugh now, but they will be laughing at you with a knife/gun in your face if you don’t.The locals can spot tourists a hundred miles away and will pickpocket/mug you if given a half a chance.Good idea to...

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  • Comfort Stops - New Orleans

    Bathrooms in the French Quarter are often hard to find (especially during Mardi Gras). During the day, try you can try Jackson Brewery and the Riverwalk. Around Bourbon Street is is particularly difficult unless you are at a restaurant or bar there. If you go into one of these, most will insist that restrooms are only for customers. You can try the...

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  • New Orleans - Driving & Parking

    Streets in the French Quarter especially a quite narrow and a lot are one way. Pedestrians also walk down the middle of streets especially at night when it gets crowded. Parking meters operate from 8.00am to 6.00pm with usually only a maximum of 2 hours. Parking limits are policed regularly so don’t overstay your time. Car parks can very be very...

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  • You've never experienced...

    You've never experienced weather like this! Hot and humid and steamy. You can get sick fast, too. I lost two cats in New Orleans in a matter of hours when one of them had a relapse of Feline Leukemia that had been in remission for over five years and infected the other. They were my children, and I lost them both in the twinkling of an eye. I love...

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  • When walking around the French...

    When walking around the French Quarter,let yourself be guided by your insticts,particularly at night.If a street looks dark and deserted,don't venture down it.Stay where it is well lit and well populated.Decatur,chartres,royal and Bourbon St fit that category,When you go beyond those streets,you are entering residential areas which are more...

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  • For those,who will be visiting...

    For those,who will be visiting for Mardi Gras,there are huge parades down Canal St.You will be squashed with mobs of people.Beads,doubllons and other trinkets are thrown from the floats.If you catch it in the air,there usually is no problem,but if it hits the ground,don't try to pick it up.It may only be a decorative piece of plastic,but people...

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  • People from New Orleans...

    People from New Orleans working on the streets. They will give you something and then expect money for it. Only take the black and white taxi's. I think they are called united taxi. If you plan on using credit cards not many places in the French Quarter accept them.

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  • While the French Quarter is...

    While the French Quarter is the place to go, just beware of the street beggers/traders/con men. Saw many people ripped off. Just say no and walk away.Also, after the beer session, get a cab. The area around the French Quarter is seedy and dangerous after dark.

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  • Pay attention to the road signs

    Pay attention to the signs when diving around the small off-the-beaten path roads. As this sign proclaims, Gators are everywhere. They are beautiful from affar, but can be deadly upclose.

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  • Take care around Bourbon Street

    Bourbon Street looks like a safe place during the day. However, at night (specially around Mardi Gras time) it is packed with pick pockets and thiefs... guard your belongings carefully and keep your eyes and other senses open.

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  • I only go to Louisiana because...

    I only go to Louisiana because my little brother lives there. Otherwise, I would not be caught dead in the state. I lived there for a short time, and didn't like it. People are clanish. And watch out for the Hiways. They have the worse roads imagineable. Not to mention the State Troopers. But they are not as bad as the local law enforcement in the...

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  • The road system in New Orleans...

    The road system in New Orleans is supremely scary from a Midwestern point of view...and possibly from the point of view of the entire rest of the world, I'm not sure:) Regardless, be very careful and try to have a map and know where you are! Also, avoid Lee's Circle at all costs:)

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  • THE HUMIDITY IS.......

    THE HUMIDITY IS.... UNBEARABLE... at least at first. Seriously, one thing I hated there was the climate... too hot in Summer and ... in winter it was... weird, from 85 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in like one day!So... careful...

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  • Though the nature is amazing,...

    Though the nature is amazing, be careful, there exist crocodiles, huge spiders and heck knows what else. ...But who if not them makes these places so attractive? (Here's a warning which accompanies a ticket to the Jungle Gardens)

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  • Be careful when walking...

    Be careful when walking around. Don't walk down any alley's or paths that are not well lit. Be careful where you park. Lots of tow away zones. Be sure to have a map. One wrong turn and you may end up in the middle of the housing projects. The projects can be very dangerous.

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