One of the strangest things we saw on El Conde was this metal seat
that was bolted down. There was a trap door on the side below the
seat that held a phone (you can see the coiled cord in the picture).
The man using this seat would occasionally write numbers on the
chalkboard. We think he was a bookie, taking bets. We saw some some
regular sports betting places, so we weren't sure if this sidewalk
version was legal, illegal or, more likely, in some gray area.
In another part of Zona Colonial, we saw a man in a van who had a phone
line strung from a second floor balcony, who had a phone and a desk set
up in the van. We think he was also a bookie, operating from his van.