This is a common issue, BTW, in virtually any Latin American country.Often they will not take any currency that has a tear in it, writing on it, has been taped, etc.
If a bill has a tear etc, the you are perfectly within your rights to ask the merchant to give you another bill. Since Figueroa is not a place for gringos and the girls there are not like western look a like or the kind of girl a gringo would be looking at.The next day I got tired just walking a few blocks and bought some meds that might help me...Now honestly the second day I did not even leave my apartment. I finally got out of bed at like 6 PM to eat food that I had in the apartment and do some internet things. Once again, there are only small shops on this floor.I wouldn't recoend you to pay for hookers its not the same. They are between 18 to 21 and are the low class regular girls and they are not the kind of girls you would be interest in or that you would consider the standard of beauty.I would prefer to go with average or regular college girls here, just flirt with them, go on a date and get laid. But they are very open minded, if you date one of this girls you will never see this girls the same way.