Why Downtown Fullerton Sucks on Friday and Saturday Nights

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Extreme public displays of affection. These kids stick their tongues so far down each other's throats with such furor you can tell they just met that night.

Ah, Downtown Fullerton. It gets a bad rep for being a college town booze hole that turns into a bit of a cesspool on weekend nights. But does it deserve it? Absolutely. See why in this photo essay of reasons why DTF sucks and other bits of Fullerton wildlife photography. Photos by LP Hastings, words by Taylor Hamby.

Published on October 10, 2012

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GGina
GGina

She's setting a good example for her own 3 kids.  How to be good at being ghetto trash.

robertbear
robertbear

You can have Fullerton - PERIOD!

Several times  I went downtown with my neighbors - who are both binge drinkers. They fit right in with the rest  of the drunks and carousers. The wife was often so drunk that she'd fall down in public.

As for that pic of "public affection", I only wish that it were confined to sewers like "SOCO", but they're not.

Guerro
Guerro

That's really a gross pic and I'm not easily nauseated.

LouCostello
LouCostello

It's bad enough theses things aren't contained to DTF, but it's rather disgusting to use Kelly Thomas' beating, which was on on Tuesday.  Just a couple of reasons this gallery sucks every day.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I agree 100%, DTF is overrated. The Fullerton cops are always on edge and seem easily agitated. With all the drunks and fights I don't blame them. Some nights it seems like its "thug night" with all the gangsters that show up. Overly strict dress codes & ridiculous cover charges. It's a bar damn it! Parking is horrible. The girls are always 100% stuck up. All in all that place sucks

LPHastings
LPHastings

 @Guerro Haha, it's pretty graphic. We need an alternate version where their mouths are blurred.

LPHastings
LPHastings

 @LouCostello Hi Lou, I just answered a similar critique: It's true that you may catch some of these instances at other bars in OC. But it's the amount that is concentrated in downtown Fullerton that makes it so crazy. It's definitely competing with Main St. in Huntington for ridiculousness though. And Kelly Thomas was brought up because if you're out having a good time on the weekend it's truly a downer to look over at the Fullerton Bus Depot and see exactly where Thomas was killed, and where his memorial stands today. I can't think of another downtown area that has that same stigma right now. He wasn't not beaten on a weekend, but I know that I don't think about anything else when I walk by that spot in Fullerton, no matter what day of the week it is. 

LPHastings
LPHastings

 @TheRefriedMexican Thank you! We agree. We prefer downtown Fullerton in the afternoon. It's quiet, there are some good places to eat, and no one calls it DTF at that hour. 

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