It’s a scene that plays out at bars around the world: under the dimmed lights, a man orders a lady a drink. But at El Arroyo Bar in South Los Angeles, authorities said, some men ordered drink after wildly overpriced drink, over and over again, as a usually scantily clad young woman sat by their side.
She was a fichera, and her job was to gently coax the usually male immigrants from Mexico or Central America to buy her drinks that could cost four times their regular price. In exchange, such women sit with them, dance a little, flirt and maybe lend a sympathetic ear as the men relax after a long day. The bartender pays the women for every cocktail they can get the customer to buy them.
“The patron’s wallet is wide open,” said Capt. Jorge Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Police Department. “In a short period of time, they can rack up a big bill and get scammed out of a lot of money.”
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Source Credits: Angel Gennings in Los Angeles Times