Watch: YouTuber Makes Deep Ellum Alley a Star, From Parking Scams to Towing Blitzes

An alley just blocks from Deep Ellum's Bomb Factory is tucked away from the main thoroughfare, but it’s had a national audience for years.Flashy YouTube videos with upbeat background music give viewers a slice-of-life look at the alley, from parking scams and towing blitzes to bizarre photo shoots and risky bathroom breaks along Clover Street, between Commerce and Canton streets.On a recent Saturday, for example, a man stood in the alley to help drivers park there in exchange for cash. The drivers returned to the alley, only to find that their cars had been towed. The phony parking attendant was nowhere to be found. The drivers, who apparently ignored or disregarded all the "no parking" signs in the area, had been scammed.“Bad Scam, Sad Fam, 6 Tows!” a YouTube video posted four days later was titled. More than 11,000 people have seen the video in the past two weeks.The man behind the reality TV-like videos is no Hollywood producer. He’s an IT guy who started uploading the videos to YouTube to show his friends what goes on behind his business.“My buddies seemed to enjoy them so I kept putting them up,” said Chris Gebhardt, who owns the IT business VIRTBIZ. "Now it seems they’re getting more clicks, and I just find it bizarre.”  Continue reading...

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