Photos by Martha Benedict
A horde of shoppers, many flashing $20 bills, swarmed into Galco’s Soda Pop Stop on Sunday as the Highland Park retailer welcomed a “cash mob” of consumers dedicated to supporting independent businesses. Sunday’s shoppers had pledged to spend a minimum of $20 as the most recent event organized by the Los Angeles Cash Mobs. After flooding into the store, the cash mob began loading up on soda pop, candy and other goods before lining up at the check out stand, said Martha Bennedict, who took photos of the scene. Members of the mob then used their dollars to support another Highland Park business – El Arco Iris – where they sat down for dinner at the family owned Mexican restaurant.