ECHO PARK — The Dodgers were scheduled to hand out 40,000 Hello Kitty travel mugs at last Thursday’s game but the truck delivering the merchandise broke down, prompting the team to hand out vouchers redeemable for a mug at the stadium store, the L.A. Times reported. But, according to some Echo Park residents, the Hello Kitty-hauling truck did not break down – it got stuck on a narrow Echo Park street a few blocks from the stadium.
On the morning of the Hello Kitty giveaway, a large truck came to a halt on Duane Avenue near Park Drive, where the curving, hillside road is barely wide enough for one vehicle to pass. Scott Barber said the truck, which he photographed, was stuck in front of his home for most of the day.
“I was told it was full of Hello Kitty merchandise by a representative of the Dodgers who arrived to deal with the situation,” said Barber. “The truck was stuck from about 9:00 a.m until at least 7 when I left my house.”
Echo Park resident Andrew Garsten noted that the street’s asphalt pavement remained damaged for several days after the truck was towed away. Is there a Hello Kitty asphalt repair kit the Dodgers can give away?